All systems go for 2nd Inaul Festival.
By Ali G. Macabalang
Buluan, Maguindanao - Everything is ready for the staging of the Second Inaul Festival of this province that will kick off officially with a motorcade and a trade expo here on Thursday, February 8, organizers announced yesterday.
The provincial police and Army's Sixth Infantry Division have assured security arrangements for the possible arrival of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and two of his children as principal guests in separate major events lined up here until February 14.
The Chief Executive is expected to grace one or two grant events, while Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and younger brother Sebastian have been invited as guests in the inauguration of a socio-economic-driven infra project and in the coronation night of winners in the Palamat nu Maguindanao pageant, respectively, organizers said.
Festival Director Paul Ampatuan said Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu will host invited dignitaries including Mindanao royalties, senators and Cabinet members alongside Manila-based media personalities in a apagana (royal dinner) dubbed as "Governor's Night" on February 13.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol told The Manila Bulletin he will attend another festival highlight, notably the inaugural operation of the state-of-the art halal dressed chicken factory, a first of its kind in the country, which was established in this town by local investors in partnership with Malaysian counterparts.