TAFT, Eastern Samar – Series of activities marked the 111th year founding anniversary of this town, considered one of the trade centers of the province. The founding anniversary, celebrated last October 23, was described by its young mayor, Marian June Libanan, as a phase for the town to “move forward.” The town, named after US President William Howard Taft, has a population of more than 18,000 spread on its 24 villages and is growing fast as one of the trading centers of Eastern Samar. To mark its 111th founding anniversary, series of activities were lined up to enliven the celebration.

Among the activities conducted include the holding of a tree planting and the Tubignon Festival with the search of Miss Taft 2014 as a highlight. Sports competition involving various agencies in the local government was also conducted as well as the People’s Day wherein different services were availed by the people. Construction of a new public market and a farm-to-market road were also inaugurated.

Former town mayors Aniceto Cebreros, Lope Ty and Francisco Adalim were also given honor during the celebration. Also recognized during this year’s founding anniversary was former congressman Marcelino Libanan, father of the sitting mayor. Also held were “Alay Lakad,” photo contest, literacy and musical night, agri fair, training involving the members of the municipal peace and order council and parade held on the day of the founding anniversary wherein 111 pieces of balloons were released. On the day of the celebration, a Thanksgiving Mass was held officiated by Father Lope Robredillo, parish priest. The Philippine Commission, under the Government of the United State of America, passed the Commission Act 960 which created the town of Taft on October 23, 1903. (GILBERT ARTECHE)