Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Home of the Southern Ibanags

Verdant plains and distant blue mountains. Clear rushing river emptying into the slow Gran Rio de Cagayan. Laid back barrios with a central business district marked with straight east-west, north-south roads as narrow as those of Vigan and with the alacrity of Metro Manila. This is the home of the Southern Ibanags - Tuguegarao City.

A Nutrition Honor Awardee, Sentrong Sigla Awardee, MDG Resource City, Dream City, CDS City, the Most Child-Friendly Component City (Hall of Fame) Awardee and Gawad Galing Pook Awardee, Tuguegarao relentlessly improves. As more young families come to settle, the city improves its shopping arcades, public markets and subdivisions. As universities, schools and colleges upgrade their facilities and competencies, more children come in search of globally competitive education. The work never ends. Criticism still strikes. But of course, it is easy to destroy but very difficult to build and to restore. The choice is ours - build or destroy?

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