Marikina celebrates 383rd Founding Anniversary

Ka-Angkan Festival 2013

The city government of Marikina invites everyone to witness and take part in the celebration of the 383rd Marikina Founding Anniversary to be held on April 15 to 21.
Themed “MASAYA, MASAGANA, NAGKAKAISA! Bawat Marikenyo, Ka-Angkan Ko!” the celebration aims to reminisce Marikina’s continuous growth and progress in more than three hundred years as well as to unite the residents of Marikina while enjoying altogether the festivities prepared in the city.
The celebration will start during the city government’s flag-raising ceremony on Monday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. at the Marikina Freedom Park together with the launching of Ka-Angkan Festival, Hermano-Hermana turn-over, and Ka-Angkan Exhibit ribbon-cutting at the Marikina City Hall Quadrangle.
This will be followed by the Marikina Day Mass on April 16, 7:00 a.m. at San Isidro Labrador Parish; Four-Day Bike Fair on April 17, 9:00 a.m. at the Marikina Sports Park Lobby and the Unveiling of Gen. Hermogenes Bautista Monument (H. Bautista Elementary School) at 10:00 a.m.
Contests shall also be held like the Mr. & Ms. OSCA (Office of Senior Citizens Affairs) 2013 on April 18, 7:00 p.m., at the Marikina Freedom Park and Miss Marikina 2013 on April 19, 7:00 p.m., at the Marikina Sports Park.
On April 20 at 3:00 p.m., the Ka-Angkan Parade shall start from Bayan-Bayanan Avenue to Marikina Sports Park, followed by the Marikina Day program, awarding of winners in the contests, special program of the angkans, and a fireworks display.
Moreover, the 2nd DEL Run (Takbo para sa Marikina Watershed) is also a part of the Marikina Founding Anniversary Celebration to be held on April 28, 5:00 a.m. at the Marikina Sports Park.
The DEL Run is a fun run open to all, aimed at gathering funds to restore the 27,000-hectare Marikina Watershed. It has three categories like the 5km, 10km, and 21km run.

For those who are interested to join the upcoming DEL Run (Takbo para sa Marikina Watershed), please call telephone number (02) 681-9277.


Run for Marikina Watershed

DEL RUN 2013
Marikina takes it fight against flooding, literally, one step at a time with the  upcoming Del Run (Save the Marikina Watershed) on April 28, 5:00 a.m., at the Marikina Sports Park.
Del Run is a fun run open to all with categories 5K, 10K and 21K.
Marikina Mayor Del R. De Guzman said the project, which is on its second year, aims to raise funds to restore the 27,000-hectare Marikina Watershed. At its current state, there are not enough trees to prevent soil erosion which caused the Marikina River to become shallow and cause flooding in the city.
De Guzman is, therefore, inviting everyone to register for this year’s Del Run and encourage more relatives and friends to join for the sake of raising more funds so more can be done in the fight against flooding.
Registration fee is P400 for the 5k and 10k categories, and P500 for the 21k.
In 2012, the first Del Run was able to gather PhP980,000 with 3,000 participants. This is currently being used on the continuous planting of 10 different kinds of trees at the Marikina Watershed like Narra, Dao, Molave, and many more.
As of now, 5,000 forest trees have been planted and an additional 1,000 tree seedlings are to be planted in the coming months.
The collected fund is also being used to pay the caretakers of the trees from December 2012 to December 2015.
This year’s Del Run is expected to gather 5,000 runners where funds shall be used to plant the 100,000 robusta coffee seedlings donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Funds to be collected for this year’s fun run shall also be used for the construction of a nursery for the robusta coffee seedlings, preparation of the land to be used, and community involvement to encourage residents to help harvesting the coffee beans.
Other flood prevention projects like the construction of a river dike, dredging activities at the Marikina River, and road construction to easily access the Marikina Watershed are also planned to combat perennial flooding.
Del Run is made possible with invaluable assistance from partner organizations and government agencies such as Ongpin Foundation, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Airforce, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Metropolitan Development Authority,  and Department of the Interior and Local Government.
For those who are interested to join the upcoming Del Run (Save the Marikina Watershed), please call telephone number (02) 681-9277.