SAN FERNANDO CITY,La Union – The City Government has made the following preparations for the celebration of its 18th anniversary as a chartered city: Grand People’s Day, Educator’s Night, Health and Wellness Trade Fair, and the Pindangan Ruins Street Parade including, among others, the annual search for Miss City of San Fernando..

With theme “A Smart City Driven by Sustainable Growth,” the celebration actually started on Nov. 25, and ends on April 6 featuring 18 events in the field of sports, social awareness and health and wellness.

Formal opening is on March 9, with the inauguration and blessing of the Agri-Tourism and Health and Wellness Trade Fair, which will be participated in by the city’s 59 barangays and and other health-related enterprises.

The city’s successful staging of “Sayaw Barangay,” the national invitational dance competition held last Feb. 20, drew spectators from the community and all over the Philippines. Another dance battle dubbed as the “Wild Card Edition,” is set on March 28.

The Pindangan Festival, one of Ilocandia’s famous festivals, will be on March 12, that will showcase the beauty of the bamboo, the city’s one town- one- product (OTOP), by using it as the main material for the performers’ costumes and props.

The city will be hosting for the first time on March 13 a Triathlon competition and a color run on April 6. Earlier on March 4, the city celebrates for the first time “Pride Day” for the city’s LGBT sector.

On April 1, the city will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by conducting the largest zumba class at the San Fernando City International Airport.

Other events are: Inter-school quiz bee competition, mountain bike race, triathlon (swim-bike-run), dog show, rabies vaccination, bancathon, acrobatic show, boxing bouts, variety and talent shows, differently-abled sports tournament, street dancing, and othereducation sector activities.

Multi-awarded City Mayor Pablo C. Ortega said his government always makes sure that its entire community is connected and well-taken care of with regards to health, social and economic services, as part of its inclusive status and vision to become the Health and Wellness Center of Northern Luzon in the next 5 years.

R.A. 8509, signed into law and ratified by a plebiscite on March 20, 1998, created San Fernando as a component city and capital of the province. James Bjorkroos – (Intern) with Anne Hazel F. Flores-City Media Bureau/