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Book champions Pattaradday ethos

Santiago City — Mayor Amelita Navarro has launched a coffeetable book honoring the locality as an engine of growth and center of culture in Isabela. Authored by Emmanuel Sison and Lilia Cinco Sison, “Santiago de Carig: Pattaradday City”, shows the age-honored “bayanihan” spirit as the bonding agent of a mixed population. “Pattaradday unifies the city’s 14 ethno-linguistic groups and focuses on the unity despite the artistic and cultural diversity of the people,” said Navarro at the launch in Balay na Santiago Arts and Heritage Center. The 170-page, 10-chapter book shows the rise of a precolonial settlement along the banks of the Cagayan River called Carig, to its cityhood in 1994. The Sisons describe Santiago also as home to Muslim, Chinese and Indian communities blending with fellow settlers. Former Senator and Environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez, a native of Santiago, and Dr. Maximin Navarro, a second generation descendant of migrants, extolled age-revered traits that constitute the Pattadday ethos. Named after St. James the Great, Santiago became a component city on May 5, 1994, the first in the Cagayan Valley. As a legacy of her governance, Navarro initiated the Pattaradday festivities to mark the new millennium.
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