CITY OF ILAGAN, Philippines- The local chief executive here has ordered the mandatory singing of “Isabela March” right after the singing of the national anthem during flag raising ceremonies in local government units, government agencies and schools in the province.
Gov. Faustino G. Dy III issued Executive Order No. 06, Series of 2018, dated March 8, 2018, directing all local government units, local chief executives, government offices and schools in the province to observe the singing of the Isabela March during flag raising ceremonies and the “Isabela Hymn” during opening programs for seminars, workshops and similar activities.
He said in accordance with the national policy to promote local culture and tradition, it is the policy of the Provincial Government of Isabela to establish mechanisms for the preservation of artifacts, historical and historic works, and all artistic expressions by Isabelenos.
Dy said the musical artistry of Isabelenos is one of the richest in Region 2, with different ethnic groups such as the Ilocanos, Ibanags and Gaddangs in the province churning out their own melodious creations that the provincial government, through the Isabela Tourism Office, aims to preserve.
Dy said the two most treasured pieces in Isabela’s musical archives are the moving “Isabela Hymn” composed by Avelina Nacino Cabasal, former DepEd Music and Arts Supervisor and 1991 National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro, and the upbeat “Isabela March”, a masterpiece by Rev. Fr. Jose Ingaran.
He said the holistic development of the Isabeleno youth and the enhancement of their role as future leaders and promoters of the local culture and the arts are at the heart of the provincial government’s youth development program.
The governor urged personnel of the various government offices in the province to take the lead in the preservation of the local music culture and help in cultivating patronage for the Isabela Hymn and the Isabela March among Isabelenos. Merlito G. Edale Jr/ALM/PIA 2-Isabela