The City of Urdaneta’s annual Charter Anniversary, with a theme “Sulong Urdaneta: Pagpupunyagi para sa ating minimithi,” was a celebration that acknowledged the public servants and front liners for their commitment and dedication to the City, most especially this trying times.

This year, it was held in low-key since mass gathering is still discouraged amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Programs and concerts were online, but there was still plenty of gratitude and activities. There had been an exhibit and trade fair that helped small businesses showcase and promote their local products.

The City Health Office and Philippine Red Cross joined hands to hold a bloodletting activity. It aims to donate and utilize the gathered lifeblood to save lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken not only our country but as well as our health care system, emphasizing the importance of a healthy and reliable blood supply.

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A thanksgiving mass was held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral at 8:00 a.m., followed by a tree planting activity led by City Mayor Julio “Rammy” Parayno III and headed by City Administrator Engr. Randy Parayno, together with the City Councilors and Department Heads.

The celebration ended with the first-ever virtual concert organized by Jackie Jay Parayno, powered by UCU-MIS+ and LGU-Urdaneta MIS. It features local bands and artists, starting with the performance of Nobita, Insekto Pares, and DJ Alvaro.

The concert ended with a powerful recital from The Clash-PH Season 3 Runner Up Renz Robosa and the Voice Kids-PH 2019 Grand Champion Vanjoss Bayaban.

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It was premiered and made available to watch on the official Facebook Pages of the City – Julio RAMMY Parayno III, Jimmy “Jing” Parayno, Ciudad ti Urdaneta, Urdaneta City Tourism, Urdaneta City (Official), and Urdaneta City University.

By: April Fajardo