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The SDO San Juan City overflowed with blessings and merriment as it participated in the celebration of the annual Wattah Wattah Festival in honor of the patron saint of the City-St. John The Baptist, held last June 24, 2019 which started in the SDO grounds until the barrage of water from a cannon of a firetruck that brought personnel along the streets of the City.

The rain-soaked personnel, headed by OIC-SDS Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, doused water to each other, well-wishers and passing motorists as a gesture of continuously blessing everyone who joined the tradition despite the pervading water crises experienced within Metro Manila.

In an interview, Dr. Ibañez stressed, “The beloved Mayor has spoken that the tradition will push through despite the looming water shortage. As it turns out, even the almighty God is one with us as a downpour doubled the wet and wild festivities.”

[endif]--It was the first time that the new chief of the Schools Division joined the internationally-recognized festival, unique to the historic City of San Juan. “It is extremely amazing how the people of San Juan show the spirit of oneness and positivity through this tradition which is nurtured by fervent religiosity of the people through the years”, Dr. Ibañez added.

San Juan City's "Wattah Wattah" celebration coincides with the feast of St John the Baptist, from whom the city was named after. This year’s 16th Wattah Wattah Festival has the Theme- “Let the Blessings Flow”; to highlight the blessings that the City continuously enjoys from the Lord above and culminate the fruitful years of the outgoing Mayor, Guia G. Gomez, in her three consecutive term as the Local Chief Executive.

Article written by:

Jay F. Macasieb (ASP II / Research Coordinator)


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