A failed marital relation, hostile rapport and a gloomy environment; given preference to choose a new hometown to flee from the emotional remorse I long to escape, I would prefer relocating in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
A historic piece of the past, a World War II anti aircraft gunner at the heroe's park in Solano town
I had the opportunity to stay in that socially warm place for a sojourn during their Patronal Festivities bonding old ties and finding fresh relations and have a feel how this promising municipality fared well as a “county that never sleeps” in Cagayan valley.
Located some 250 kilometers north of Manila; Solano’s daily economic chores goes on from dusk till dawn. First hours at dawn till morning teem with scores of commuters passing this municipality from Manila and by nightfall, people going south cannot complete their journey without making the town a departure point before scouring the hour-long trek to the Caraballo ranges to leave Cagayan valley.
A cozy view of Solano downtown, clean and shows sign of progressive rural setting
Mayor Philip Dacayo, the man on the helm could vouch for the cityhood status of this town now boosting several establishments of banks, renowned food chains and groceries. However he believes there is more to work on to further usher his town to development.
A lawyer by profession, the Mayor believes Solano and other municipalities can exact revenues with the continuing establishment of cellular sites. First however, his development team should study the status of other jurisdictions having the same proposal before handing the issue to the Municipal council.
Releasing the Baloons by local officials headed by Mayor Dacayo and Vice Mayor Labasan signal the start of the festivities in connection to the feast day of St. Louis de Beltran of Solano
The town has recently held festivities for its Patron- Saint Louis de Beltran while Catholics also flocked to pay homage to Cagayan Valley’s Patron Our Lady of Piat which made a weeklong stay at the Solano Parish Church. Activities to the merrymaking and galore showcased by the town were organized by Councilwoman Regie Valino- Valdez.
The sunday services for Solano's Patron St. Louis de Beltran officiated by Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena
Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena celebrated the Sunday feast mass as he reiterated Christians’ commitment for the protection and preservation of the province’s natural wealth. He renewed his call for the rejection of mining.
Bishop Villena paying homage to "Apo Baket", Our Lady of Piat.. Cagayan Valley's Patron
During a forum at the provincial capitol; Solano Vice Mayor Alex Labasan lamented that the existing mining laws seemed tailor made for the whims of the national government whose approval has been superseding the position of the local government.
He said at the moment, local officials could not, and even if they can- impose their position on mining issues particularly how the activity could be regulated.
The people to be rekoned with when it comes to mining should be us... stresses Vice Mayor Labasan
So far, Solanoans have many reasons to thank the heavens since their town is the least affected by the onslaught of the series of typhoons that hit northern Luzon.
The Vice Mayor said, most of those damaged in his turf are old and dilapidated houses and a pocket of mudslides in some remote mountainside villages.
Challenges lies ahead to the leadership of Mayor Dacayo to make Solano not only an even better place, but the Best.
“Pasalamat tayo wala na si (typhoon) Ramon at di nagpunta dito; ang narito ngayon ay ang inyong si Bishop Ramon,” the Bishop said after the celebration.
Despite the unleash of Pedring and Quiel's fury, Solano folks find time to showcase their bounty harvest during the One Barangay, One Product micro enerpreneur expo held at the Heroes park, Governor Luisa Cuaresma of Nueva Vizcaya graced the affair.
Solano is currently enhancing its “One Barangay, One Product” program, a micro enterprise counterpart of provincial government’s program of sustaining Nueva Vizcaya industries and products.
"Patupat", a native "malagkit" delicacy of Solano
The Popular "Tupig" - roasted "Malagkit" with "Buko" and peanuts of Solano (below) during the One Barangay One Product Expo
At the scene at the Solano government center; Parish Priest father Edmund Beronio has renewed the Local Government Unit’s faith with the blessing and dedication of the municipal hall and its facilities in its continuing service to the public.
Father Edmund blessing one of the local government's heavy equipment, "whatever you do, do it for the Glory of God."
Solano will go a long way to prosperity with the optimism and active response of its leaders and grassroots supporters.