Abucay celebrates 430th founding anniversary

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  • Zeny S.
  • 5 years ago

ABUCAY, Bataan – The 430th founding anniversary of Abucay town was marked by a two-day grand celebration with the theme, “Kayang-kaya mo Abukeño” starting with the DepEd night on the 1st day followed by the “one town, one dance” street dancing on the 2nd day highlighted by the launching of the search for Mutya ng Abucay.

The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass in the morning, the grand parade in the afternoon, participated in by different sectors and the 8 barangays of the town; the highlight of the celebration was the street dancing showdown of the 8 barangays and the Mutya ng Abucay in the evening.

Former Mayor Ana Santiago, now Chairperson of the Abucay Tourism Council, in her message, said that it is nice to be back and that she is proud to see Abucay, from its simple beginnings to continuously progressing. She vowed to do more and help her husband, Mayor Liberato Santiago, in the different tourism activities.

While Municipal Administrator and concurrently the Municipal Planning and Development Officer, Engr. Ernesto S. Vergara, said that Abucay will have to be ready for future developments as he unveiled all the big projects of Mayor Liberato Santiago like the construction of the new Town hall, the Commission on Audit (COA) building which will also house the Overseas Workers Welfare Admin (OWWA) office and a mini government center to house other government offices in one roof, of which ground breakings will be announced soon.

Vergara added that since Balanga City is already packed with businesses and commercial establishments, new investors will have a choice to locate their investments to the nearest municipalities and surely spillover of progress will be Abucay.

Founded on June 10, 1588 by the Dominicans, Abucay was initially recognized as a “Pueblo” of Pampanga until Bataan became a regular province in 1754, and Abucay became the 1st of its towns. The name Abucay was coined from the word “Abukinaykay” which means digging from the fire debris.

The famous landmark which makes Abucay a must stop over for tourists are the Sto. Domingo Church, the first and oldest Catholic church in the country built in the early 1600’s; the Tomas Pinpin Printing Press, the first and oldest printing press in the country and even to be older than any single press in the US; the Sibul Spring resort, one of the province’s tourist attractions because of its natural spring water; Brgy. Mabatang known for their walis tambo production and Bataan’s version of Christmas Village during Christmas season and the Pasukulan falls.

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