TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte (PIA) -- Every Tagumenyo is expected to take part in writing the history of this city.
This in gist was the message of Tagum Mayor Allan L. Rellon during the Independence Day celebration in the city in which he encouraged his constituents to tell their story about the origin of Tagum.
"Everyone would become part of our story that would be told not only in our country but to the world," he said during his Independence Day address held at the atrium of Tagum City Hall.
Rellon wanted to generate additional inputs for the book "Kagikan," which puts together chronicles of how the City of Tagum has grown over the years from its origin village known as "Magugpo."
Basing on historical accounts, Rellon said the villagers of Magugpo defended their land from invasion and eventual occupation of Spaniards.
He encouraged everyone to get a copy of "Kagikan" and read it, and tell their version of the story about Tagum or comment about the book.
"Tell us your sentiments so we can improve it," he said.
Rellon hoped that the Department of Education will integrate the history of Tagum to its curriculum for junior high school so that the millennials will know the story how Tagum has evolved.
"Ang di marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay di makakarating sa paroroonan," he said, quoting the words of Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
Meanwhile, Rellon led the rites to honorably dispose of worn out Philippine flags. The faded flags were burned and their ashes were buried in the ground with a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal and considered sacred .
He was joined by Vice Mayor-elect Eva Estabillo, Davao del Norte Governor-elect Edwin Jubahib and other city government officials. (Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)