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Monday, December 15, 2008


The first annual Drum Festival: Kalampajam 2008 held on December 13, 2008 at the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Center was a success. The Drum Festival is one of Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr.’s projects as part of the ongoing Anti-Firecracker Campaign in Olongapo City.

Zambales Vice Governor and Olongapo City First Lady Anne Marie Gordon and the Chairman of the Task Force Anti-Fire Cracker Councilor Rodel Cerezo joined Mayor Gordon throughout the festival.

Residents from the sixteen (16) barangays and students from different schools in the city eagerly participated and performed. Participating schools include St. Joseph College High School Department, Sta. Rita Elementary School. Tabacuhan Elementary School, James L. Gordon Integrated Elementary School at Banicain Elementary School.

Participants performed their pieces using instruments made from recycled and indigenous materials such as used gallons, bottles, newspapers and plastic containers. Their performances focused on Christmas carols and how to welcome the New Year without fireworks.

“This is an opportunity for us Olongapenos to show our resourcefulness and inventiveness. Hindi naman dahil dito sa drum festival ay kailangan nang bumili ng bagong drums, pwede naming gumawa ng drum na mula sa mga indigenous at recyclable materials para maging malinis din ang ating lungsod,” said Mayor Gordon.

“Next year, i-implement na ang bagong Waste Management System dito sa Olongapo. Sa sistemang ito, mas mabilis na ang koleksyon ng basura at mas madali,” explained Mayor Gordon. “Magkakaroon na rin tayo ng bagong waste segregation system na CR3 (Composting, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) na magbibigay ng opportunity sa mga barangays at sa mga residente na kumita.”

“This program is also being implemented to remind everybody about the ongoing total ban on fire crackers. Hindi natin kailangan ng firecrackers, nakakapinsala lang at nakakadumi ng ating environment, nakakasunog ng mga bahay at dapat ang pera ay dapat nating gamitin sa mas mabuti at mas makabuluhan na bagay,” Mayor Gordon added.

Here are the winners of the Kalampajam 2008:

Champion- East Tapinac Elementary School
1st Runner-Up – St. Joseph Elementary School
2nd Runner-Up – Banicain Elementary School

The Kalaklan Ati-Atihan took home the special award Bonggo Bibo Band and Iram Group won the Most Authentic Kalampajam Group special award.

Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. during the Drum Festival “Kalampajam 2008 on December 12, 2008. Kalampajam 2008 is part of the city’s Anti-Firecracker Campaign and implementation of the Total Ban on Firecrackers in Olongapo.


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