This province has just celebrated its 41st founding anniversary on September 10, 2012 with the theme, “I Love Quirino.”

Quirino, the youngest province of Region 2 became a regular province through R.A. 6394 which was passed by Former Congressman Leonardo B. Perez on September 10, 1971, separating the sub-province of Quirino from its mother province of Nueva Vizcaya.

The weeklong celebration started last September 6  with  a thanksgiving mass, awards and recognition of outstanding Quirinians, opening of agro-industrial trade and tourism fair, Farm Family Day, RIC Cookfest, QCPM raffle draw and Tanghal Galing Quirino (Quirino Got Talent).

The Farm Family Day- Farmers Olympics was participated by hundreds of farmers from the six municipalities. They had whole day fun in the contested activities on seeds identification, tilapia sex determination, splicing, coop weaving and many others.

The search for the Best Booth and Museum was also held where Aglipay Booth bested all the other booths to win the Best Booth and Most Innovative Product Awards. Cabarroguis Museum on the other hand was adjudged as the Best Museum.

On the second day, a tree planting at Bundok ng Susong Dalaga was conducted where different species of trees were planted by thousands of provincial, municipal and barangay officials, and employees of the six municipal local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations and private groups.

The free medical and dental services and surgical operation were held at the Quirino Provincial Hospital in coordination with the UP- Pahinungod, the volunteer service arm of the University of the Philippines.

The Congressman’s Cup and the Laro ng Lahi were also held on the same day.

On September 8, Gov. Junie Cua led the first ever ‘Fun Run for Tourism’ at the Capitol oval.  He was joined by the different provincial, municipal and some barangay officials.

Board Member Julius Caesar “Jojo” S. Vaquilar, who chaired the committee on fun run reported that some 500 runners participated in the said event and an estimated P80,000 was generated. The proceeds will be used for projects to be put by the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) headed by Former Congresswoman Mary Ann Cua.

It was immediately followed by the ‘Bicycle Fun Ride’ and the pre-judging of the Mister and Miss Quirino at the Quirino General High School.

On the same day, the much awaited motocross amazed the viewers with the death defying stunts of the riders led by Glen Aguilar. It was made even more exciting with the presence of Senator Chiz Escudero who happily expressed his desire to join not as a watcher but as a motocross player in the next celebrations of Panagdadapun festival. He also lauded the provincial leaders headed by Cong. Dax and Gov. Junie Cua and all the residents for their unity and cooperation.

The continuation of the search Miss & Mister Quirino was held on the night of September 8 where Mister Maddela and Miss Cabarroguis were crowned as Mister and Miss Quirino 2012. The event was graced by Cong. Erin Tanada of Quezon province.

Capping the weeklong celebration was the street dancing showdown featuring the different festivals in the province: Diffun-Saba; Cabarroguis-Flower; Saguday- Pagay; Aglipay-Mais; Maddela-Mais and Nagtipunan-Walis festival.

The activity was both a thanksgiving for abundant harvests and a showcase of the unique culture of the Quirinians depicted through dances. (TCB)