Halamanan Festival is all Guiguintenos efforts—Cong Boy Cruz

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GUIGUINTO, Bulacan—The Halamanan Festival in this town, considered as the Garden Capital of the Philippines is not his sole works and efforts, Fifth District Rep. Ambrosio C. Cruz Jr. said on Thursday, during the start of the 4 day, Jan. 18-21 celebration of this year’s 26th Halamanan Festival.

Cruz who conceptualized and initiated the Halamanan Festival in Guiguinto in 1998, when he first held office as elected mayor of Guiguinto to give a distinct identity to the town, recognized and expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all the barangay captains and local leaders, the municipal employees, the private sectors and all the members of their community who joined him and supported him in the project for 26 years now.

The festival has not only helped the garden industry flourished and boom further for nearly three decades now but more so had achieved its goals and visions to create for Guiguinto its own unique and appropriate distinction as the plant center and capital of the country.

Not only that Halamanan Festival coveted Singkaban’s best festival award, it was also recognized by Aliwan Festival as among the leading local cultural events in the country today.

But Cruz who had served as 18 years as two season mayor of Guiguinto said he could not do it all alone by himslef with the hard works of all his fellow local officials, partner community and civic sectors and the heads and employees of the municipal government.

“Sinasabi na ako ang nagsimula ng lahat ng ito. Totoo yan, maaring ako nga po ang may idea at konsepto ng mga ito, pero hindi lamang po ako nag mag-isang nagtaguyod nito kundi kayo pobg lahat. Ang mga kapitan. Ang iba’t ibang sector po natin dito sa ating bayan, ang bawat department heads at ang ating pong mga kawani. Tayo pong lahat ang nasa likod ng ating ngayo’y 26 taon ng Halamanan Festival,” the congressman said.

The congressman said, the Halamanan Festival has made Guiguinto known not only in the country but in the rest of the world.

Guiguinto since the 60’s and the 70’s has been the ornamental center of Bulacan where garden stalls and nurseries sprouted all over in Barangay Sta. Cruz areas, Violeta Village, Rosaryville and along the Cloverleaf and at the approach of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Tabang until it grows bigger and bigger supplying the plant needs of the rest of the country.

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