By SARAH JANE R. HILOMEN
Tagum City – All roads lead to this city next week as three simultaneous national events are set to be staged here – the 9th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival, the 3rd National English Jazz Chants Festival, and the 2010 National Schools Press Conference – which is a first in the city’s history.
More than two weeks of series of events will showcase the city to the rest of the country starting with the 3rd National Jazz Chant Festival which will be held from February 15 to 17; the Musikahan Festival on February 19 to 28; and the 2010 National Schools Press Conference which is slated from February 21 to 26.
Speaking during a press conference here at the still unfinished Tagum City Hall last Tuesday, Alma Uy, Tagum City Tourism Council chair and wife of Mayor Rey Uy, expressed confidence on the economic boost that the three events would bring to the city.
She said that 250 tents were already set up at the New City Hall that would sell food, souvenir items, even ukay-ukay, to the visitors and participants of the three events.
At least 30 exhibitors from Zamboanga, 20 from Davao City, and at least one booth for exhibitors from Regions 1 to 10, showcasing their native delicacies and products, have already booked for the two weeks of series of events.
“This is a good way for our small businessmen to earn during the festival,”
The Tagum Tourism Council targets revenue of some P5 million for the three events and tourism officials are confident that this amount will be achieved.
Uy computed that if the expected 20,000 audience that would gather at the Tagum City Trade Center and Cultural Pavilion would spend at least P50 on the night of the Musikahan Festival, an easy P1 million would be earned just for one night.
During the Musikahan Festival, Sutherland, a business process outsourcing company would also set up a jobs fair to recruit possible employees from the city and nearby provinces.
For the National Schools Press Conference, around 4,000 participants from all over the country are expected to come.
Uy said that they have employed 18 caterers to provide for the meals of the participating students.
The National English Jazz Chants Festival has also contributed its fair share in the income generation pie as it also has its own generated sponsors.