Banguingui Hosts ‘1st Fun Fest’
By NONOY E. LACSON
June 23, 2012, 5:26pm
BANGUINGUI, Sulu – The local government here formally launched yesterday the “1st Kalalamihan Sin Banguingui Festival” at the Manisan Beach Resort in Barangay Kahikukuk aimed at showcasing and promoting the tourism potentials of the municipality.
Officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and foreign and local tourists joined hundreds of residents here at the opening of the two-day festivities at the resort.
The event is being initiated by Baguingui Mayor Abdulwahid Sahidulla and his wife Sulu 2nd District Representative Nur Anna Sahidulla in an effort to promote the untouched white sand beaches and other exciting tourist destinations in the municipality.
According to Representative Sahidulla, the Kalalamihan Sin Banguingui means more fun in Banguingui – the local version of the DOT’s slogan “More Fun in the Philippines.”
While “Manisan,” the place where the event was launched, means “beautiful” in the Sama dialect, she added.
For his part, the mayor said that at least seven barangays (villages) participated in yesterday’s launching, while the other seven villages are slated to join the second day of festivities today.
Local government officials, teachers, students, non-government organizations, and other civic groups have also joined the festival, the mayor said.
Among the DOT officials who joined the launching include DOT-Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Secretary Nashrina Badiri, DOT-ARMM Assistant Secretary Shalimar Candao, DOT-BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi) Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresa Sakalahul, and DOT-Manila Director Shalimar Hofer Tamano.
While the two German nationals, Patrick Ritter and Diggi Asch, who went on scuba diving at the seawaters fronting the resort, said they were surprised to see an intact seabed where various kinds of corals and fish of various species and sizes can be found.
Both Asch and Ritter said that they are convinced on the idea of setting up a modern beach resort here to cater to the needs of local and foreign tourists who would like to visit the town.
As this developed, Mayor Sahidulla welcomed the idea of the two foreigners, saying that plan would also complement the tourism plan of the municipality.