Day 1 of the Unity Gong Relay, Kick off Program (Apayao)

1July 9 – Day 1 of the Unity Gong Relay

Kick off Program (Apayao)

The ceremonial beating of the unity gong that signals the start of its week-long journey across the 6 CAR Provinces and Baguio City was held at the Provincial Capitol of Luna, Apayao in the morning of July 9.

The Regional Development Council (RDC) – CAR represented by delegates from DENR, NEDA, DOST, DILG, and Private Sector Representatives turned over the Unity Gong to the Provincial Government of Apayao headed by Governor Elias Bulut Jr.

From Apayao to Kalinga

In the afternoon, the Unity Gong left the Provincial Capitol of Apayao at around 1:20 pm. The convoy vehicle that transported the unity gong was led by representatives from the Provincial Government of Apayao.

At the boundary of Rizal, Kalinga, the welcome beating of the gong was held at around 4:00 pm. Rizal Mayor Marcelo Dela Cruz Jr. represented the Provincial Government of Kalinga to receive the unity gong, on behalf of Kalinga, he expressed their acceptance. In his speech he said “May this gong symbolize our unending unity!”

From the Rizal boundary, the unity gong was then transported and reached Tabuk City in the evening. Vice Mayor Darwin Estranero of Tabuk City delivered his acceptance speech which was followed by the ceremonial beating of the gong. The unity gong then stayed overnight in the provincial capitol of Kalinga.