Mayor Andrew Montelibano yesterday said he hopes for Murcia's cityhood by 2017 as the town prepares to end its 151st Jubilee and 14th Tinabu-ay Festival celebrations that will be highlighted by colorful fireworks display and recognition of the Top 10 taxpayers at the festival grounds tonight, a Murcia town press release said.
The press release also said that under the one-year old and six-month watch of Montelibano, the local government unit increased remarkably collection of taxes, cut on the cost of operations, rehabilitated the decades-old municipal building the houses the Mayor's Office, the Vice Mayor's Office and the Sangguniang Bayan and key offices, and transformed what used to be a four-bed health clinic into a 15-bed "mini-hospital" with support from Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Albee Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District).
Montelibano is expected to render his State of Murcia Address (SOMA) on January 9, 2012.
Ten contingents will vie for top awards as street-dancing and arena competitions kick off at 1 p.m. today along the town's main streets and plaza bandstand area, respectively, with La Consolacion College-Murcia aiming for a back-to-back crown.
Highlighting tonight's fiesta celebration that coincides with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, are the awarding of Murcia's Top 10 Taxpayers and the presentation of Trophies of Excellence to two of Philippines' sports icons world boxing champ Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and bad boy of the golfing circuit Juvic Pagunsan.*