Getting to know San Miguel in a song

Getting to know San Miguel in a song

By Jaime S. Cabag, Jr. Saturday 14th of April 2012

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PIA6) -- Etching the identity of their town in a song is what the officials of San Miguel, Iloilo are doing by way of a search for the town’s official hymn.

Mayor Victor S. Saclauso has formed a special committee chaired by Sangguniang Bayan Member Rochin Sherwin Sanchez and composed of representatives from the local government unit and various sectors in the community to oversee the competition.

The committee met recently at the Municipal Hall to formulate the rules of the competition in preparation for its launching during the town’s fiesta celebration in May.

Interested contestants, who must be residents of the town or San Miguelenos by affinity, will be given ample time to write or compose their entries. The winner will be chosen at a public performance during the San Miguel People’s Day celebration in September.

Valuable prizes and other incentives await the grand prize winner and other contestants of the search. The winning composition will serve as the official hymn of the municipality upon its adoption by way of an ordinance from the municipal council and approval of the local chief executive.

SB Member Sanchez said the competition was conceived to enable their municipality to have an official hymn that would enable others to have a glimpse of what San Miguel is in terms of its people and their religiosity and values, culture, history, products, resources, and other assets that would carve out a distinct identity for the town among other communities in the country and abroad.

San Miguel is a 4th class municipality situated some 17 kilometers from this Iloilo provincial capital. It has a predominantly agriculture-based economy, although it now hosts several manufacturing businesses. Some 1,700 hectares of its 3,197-hectare total land area are devoted to agriculture. Also located in the town is the Aganan River Irrigation System.

The town is a potential growth center in Iloilo, says its official website at, due to its proximity to Iloilo City, the New Iloilo Airport of International Standard and the Regional Agro-Industrial Center (RAIC)in the adjacent town of Pavia. It is also a member of the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) and the 2nd Iloilo Integrated Area Development Cluster.

At present, Mayor Saclauso is implementing programs and projects to deliver basic government services to his constituents including those on health, education and other social services and infrastructure as well as sustain the town’s development gains in line with national development agenda. (JCM/JSC/PIA6)

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