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President Duterte hails resiliency, unity, and hope of Taclobanons

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Sangyaw Festival of Lights held in Tacloban City, Leyte on June 29, 2018, lauds the residents of Tacloban for their resilience and unity amid facing various adversities in the past. Also in the photo are Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, Senator Cynthia Villar, and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tacloban City — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, June 29, joined the Taclobanons in celebrating the Sangyaw Festival of Lights 2018, recognizing their resiliency, unity, and hope in the face of adversity.

“It is my pleasure to join all of you in celebrating the Sangyaw Festival of Lights,” Duterte said in his speech at the Balyuan Ampitheater in Tacloban City.

The President commended the outstanding Taclobanons behind the success of the festivities.

He noted that the gathering is the perfect opportunity to showcase the religious heritage of the people and express their devotion to the Santo Niño.

“By preserving and passing on the heritage to the next generation, we not only safeguard our unique identity amidst these changing times, but also make development meaningful as we embrace the diversity of our society,” the President said.

“The progress we see today is a testament of the resilience, unity, and hope of the Taclobanons, which have been tried and tested by various challenges faced in the past years,” he added.

At the same time, the Chief Executive expressed confidence that Tacloban City will continue to be a vibrant and thriving local community in their region.

“More than just a display of your exuberance and dynamism, may the Sangyaw Festival of Lights further highlight the unwavering spirit of the Filipinos and inspire everyone to use the lessons of the past as the source of strength and hope as we realize our goals and aspirations of our country,” Duterte said. ### (PND)