South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. said this year’s celebration of T’nalak Festival is still one of the meaningful celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Itong araw na ito, ito sana yung panahon na kung saan iba yung tugtog na naririnig natin dyan sa sports complex. Nagdiriwang, nagsisigawan, at iba sana yung mga nakaraang linggo dahil alam ko na pinaghandaan nang mahigit walong buwan ang T’nalak Festival. Pero anuman ang nangyari, ito pa rin ang isa sa mga pinakamagandang T’nalak Festival Celebrations na meron tayo,” the local chief executive said during the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration for the 54th Foundation Anniversary and 21st T’nalak Festival of South Cotabato Saturday, July 18.
He thanked the Lord for giving him the opportunity to lead the province in this time of pandemic.
“Ngayon, kitang-kita natin na yung selebrasyon ng T’nalak Festival ay naka focus lamang sa Panginoon. Ito ang dapat nating pasalamatan dahil ito ang rason kung bakit narating natin itong festival na ito, itong anibersaryo ng Probinsya ng South Cotabato,” Tamayo said.
Prior to the pandemic, the provincial government had lined up various activities for almost the whole month of July to celebrate T’nalak Festival.
Almost all the events have been scrapped amid the quarantine measures the national government has been implementing to contain the spread of coronavirus.