BINALONAN - This burgeoning town celebrated with festivity the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) last August 8 with the theme “Under One Light, We Are one ASEAN".
Fifty years ago the organization was established in Bangkok, Thailand with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (also known as Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of the organization like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia followed suit from 1984 to 1999 making up what is today the ten Member - states of ASEAN.
This town was lucky to be one of the 75 local government units (LGU) in the entire country to participate in this momentous celebration. One of the highlights of this celebration was the simultaneous lighting ceremonies of the 20-foot lantern and fireworks display at exactly 7:00 o’clock in the evening. It was where the LGU showcased and promoted to the whole world its culture and talents. Staging of other activities like cultural presentation , fireworks display, bands, concerts and food festival that spiked the excitement here.
The town made a difference and pushed through this historic event because of the unwavering commitment of all the people here from the municipal officials, barangay officials and all government and non-government sectors in the municipality. It was not easy to make a difference but through UNITY this town was able to chalk-up with everyone under the leadership of Mayor Ramon V. Guico III and Vice-Mayor Melicio F. Patague II.
Based on the conclusion of the fete, this town strutted her stuff at her best by showcasing the benefits of the harmonious relationship of member countries in the ASEAN region. It was an opportune time to raise the awareness of the folks here about ASEAN, in order for them to have interest and realization about its aims and purposes like soaring economic growth, unwavering social progress and laudable cultural development in the region. /TED