2ND GRAND CONCEPT PARADE A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH
The City of Good Life as what Oroquieta is popularly known held its 2nd Grand Concept Parade around the capital last October 14, 2011. Now on its 2nd year the parade is a major attraction in the city's month-long October celebration and a prelude to the city fiesta. Thousands of spectators watched the fabulous Grand Parade unfold as the first float left Oroquieta City Fish Port at 4:00 p.m.- the designated starting point of the said activity.
The Grand Parade was participated by forty ( 40 ) contingents showcasing their respective themes and concepts with identical but colorful artistic costumes and designs. There were a total of twenty three (23) idea inspired floats paraded in that afternoon. The parade goers were amazed to see inspired design floats like " Avatar"( with their exotic blue body paint ), the neatly inspired costume.. urban invasion "Mango Lane"( backed by "We built this City" rock music) and a lot more. Culminating the Grand Parade was the 2nd leg of the spectacular Pyrotechnic Competition and live band concert by Calla Lily and Imago at the MOPAC grandstand early in the evening. The City Government through the City Tourism Office presented monetary awards to the winning contingents .The Champion-Misamis Occidental National High School; 2nd Prize-Mango Lane; and 3rd-Prize-Mindanao University of Science & Technology received P50,000, P30,000 and P20,000 respectively. Several special awards were also accorded to seven (7) winners who got P5,000 each. Nonetheless, the LGU float led by Mayor Jason P. Almonte also joined the parade depicting J.K. Rowling's magic and sorcery movie "Harry Potter." The people of Oroquieta were thankful to the LGU under the leadership of Mayor Almonte and SP Members under Vice Mayor Harry Guantero for being supportive in the said affair.
Meanwhile, City Tourism Officer Mr. Jay Lorenzo stressed, " We have twenty eight (28) float entries this time compared to last year's only five( 5). This is a major breakthrough a long queue of floats and parade watchers along the parade route can attest to that. We hope to see the Grand Parade as a major tourist attraction In a few years to come making it a City of Good Life indeed."(ocm-miso)