To celebrate its 56th anniversary, the Nunungan Municipality in Lanao del Norte organized various events on July 16th and 17th.
According to Mayor Marcos Mamay, who received an overwhelming majority of his voters during his last term in office, the city formerly dubbed the “Rido (clan wars among Muslims) capital of the Philippines” is now poised to become the “wild berries” capital of the Philippines Philippines” for the abundance of raspberries around Mt. Inayawan. The Department of Trade and Industry has already investigated how to make raspberries into jam and wine.
Mayor Marcos Mamay (centre), actor Ping Medina (left) and film director JR Olinares (right) hold raspberries that grow in abundance around the mountain. Inayawan Range Natural Park. PHOTOS BY ARLO CUSTODY
On July 16th there will be mountaineering of Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park and camping around the highest point of Lanao del Norte. Dubbed the ‘1st Kalilintad Climb’, enthusiasts from across the country are expected to converge in the once riot-stricken city that has emerged as the province’s eco-tourism destination.
The newly built modern government center will be handed over on the morning of July 16 and a motocross will be held in the afternoon. A live band – as well as actors Teejay Marquez and Ken Chan – provide entertainment in the evening after a big fireworks display.
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On July 17th, the whole day is devoted to planting/planting trees and outreach programs to the city’s needy population.
“As I have always believed, development is the new language of peace as espoused by Mahatma Gandhi – you develop the place and peace and order will surely follow. This is all happening also because of my townspeople’s trust in my leadership. Nunungan has all the potential to become a major tourist attraction not only in Mindanao but in the entire Philippines. We have Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park declared an Asean Heritage Park, we have three lakes, four waterfalls, five Caves and the cool climate are also conducive to strawberry growing,” he said.
Nunungan Lake in Barangay Pantar is the largest of three lakes in the ecotourism capital of Lanao del Norte.
A Maranao village will soon arise not far from the lake. It’s a 25 million plague project under the auspices of the National Housing Authority. The main building will be the 10 million peseta Torogan or Maranao ancestral home donated by Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo. There are also centers donated by Sen. Niguel Zubiri and Sen. Bong Go.
In addition to these already planned structures, Mamay aims to complete all development before the end of his final term in 2025 – zip line and circuit road around the lake for triathlons, floating restaurants, amusement park rides and zip lines traversing the length of Nunungan’s largest body of water.
Mayor Mamay (back row, third from left) is unanimously elected President of the League of Municipalities – Lanao del Norte by his board colleagues. INVOLVED PHOTO
Mamay, one of the province’s youngest mayors, was also elected president of the Association of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Lanao del Norte – in the July 13 election.
His supporters hope he eventually becomes the national president of LMP.