SAN FERNANDO CITY, February 19 (PIA) – Malacañang has declared March 2 a special non-working holiday in La Union to give residents full opportunity to celebrate the province’s 166th founding anniversary.

Adamor Dagang, chief provincial information and tourism officer, said Proclamation No. 1222 signed on February 16 read: “It is but fitting and proper that the people of the Province of La Union be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.”

He said entertaining events are lined up from February 18 where Governor Manuel C. Ortega delivers his State of the Province Address up to the holding of the annual Sillag Festival on April 12.

Festivities include agri-trade fair featuring oversized farm vegetables in the province, jobs fair, singing and rap contest in Iloco version, among others.

Since the activities in line with the founding anniversary fall during election period, Dagang said that the events will be not be politically inclined.

“We can assure the public that the festivities will not be a venue for political campaigns,” Dagang said.

Highlighting the celebration would be the conduct of the 11th grand electric float parade in Bacnotan town on February 29 and the Search for Mutia ti La Union on March 2.

La Union was created as a province on March 2, 1850 through a superior decreto signed by then Spanish Governor-General Antonio Maria Blanco.

This year’s celebration has the theme “Savoring the fruits of Good Governance, Love, Unity, Peace and Order through Prayers”. PIA-1 La Union with reports from Joan Sabado/