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August 11-25,2003
Nobody in his right mind would schedule festivities in August -- the peak of the monsoon season. Especially August this year, possibly the wettest such month in the past several years.

That Gapan City held its second cityhood anniversary during the second and third weeks of August had nothing to do with anyone's questionable sanity, but rather because of a quirk of history. Gapan was formally proclaimed a city after a plebiscite on August 25, 2001.

Monsoon rains threatened to spoil many of the commemorative multisectoral activities. But the foul weather was not enough to dampen the jubilant mood of Gapanenses as, armed with umbrellas, they celebrated the second anniversary of their city.

Prime Movers

City Mayor Ernesto Natividad
wears Gapan slippers
in his public appearances.

Mayor Natividad with ex-Rep. Julita Lorenzo-Villareal,
who initiated the move for the cityhood of Gapan,
and Rep. Raoul Villareal.

2nd Tsinelas Festival

The thriving slipper industry of Gapan City is showcased in the 2nd Tsinelas Festival.

Over 30 booths line the entire stretch
of the front of the city plaza...

... with members of the City of Gapan Footwear Cooperative
selling their products at bargain prices.

There's something for everyone...

... for mommies and daddies...

... for kids...

... for teens...

... for grannies...

... even for F4 and Meteor Garden fans.
Tanong: Kung ang teledramang Intsik ay tinatawag na "chinovela,"
ano ang tawag sa tsinelas na may litrato ng Intsik? 
Sagot -- "chinelas."


Car racing freaks have a field day at the slalom on Aug. 17.

City officials led by Vice Mayor Leoncio Mangahas oversee the event.

The wide road in front of the city plaza
becomes a slalom course for the day...

... as drivers in souped-up stock cars show off their skills.

Street Dancing

Dancers from various public and private schools
converge at the city plaza for street dancing (Aug. 18).

Sponsored by the City Division of Schools,
the event is a panorama of colorful costumes...

... from the tribal...

...to the whimsical.

Live Onstage

Despite the rains, people flock to the city plaza for various entertainment shows
like the concert of the pop group Masculados (Aug. 18)...

... talent competition of the
search for Mutya ng Gapan 2003 (Aug. 20)...

... search for Mr. and Mrs. Federated Parent-
Teacher-Community Associations (Aug. 21)...

... Students' Night, featuring talents from various tertiary schools
in the city (Aug. 23).

Finals of Mutya ng Gapan 2003...

... featuring outstanding beauties...

... representing 18 of the city's 23 barangays. 
The pageant was won by Natasha Catbagan
of Barangay San Roque ( Aug. 24).

Interbarangay Sports and Games Festival

Sports competitions and fun games participated in by
Gapan City barangays are held at the city plaza (Aug. 12-22).

Even city hall employees take a break to join the fun.

Commemorative Program

The Philippine Marines Drum and Bugle Corps wows the crowd
assembled at the city plaza for the final commemorative program ( Aug. 25).

Singing the National Anthem:
Vice Mayor and Mrs. Leoncio Mangahas,
Rep. Raoul Villareal and wife Julita,
City Mayor and Mrs. Ernesto Natividad
and Councilor Perry Hernandez

The Vice Mayor gives the welcome remarks.

Ex-Rep. Julita Lorenzo-Villareal delivers her message.

The city mayor reports on his administration's accomplishments
and announces future plans for the city.

Plaque of recognition and cash award are given to 
Barangay Santo Niño for attaining a drug-free status.

Plaque and cash award are given to the Gapan City police
represented by its chief, Supt. Benjamin dela Cruz
for its effective anti-illegal drug campaign.

Trophies and cash awards are handed out to the winners of
the "2003 Paligsahan sa Kalinisan at Luntiang Kapaligiran ng mga Barangay."

The grand winner: Barangay Pambuan.

Click here for the Grand Tsinelas Parade