Villar is Bukidnon’s festival guest

May Flor Intong, Kaamulan overall coordinator, told MindaNews the office of Sen. Villar has confirmed his attendance as of Feb. 16.

Intong admitted only Villar was invited. She cited security reasons as among the factors considered in deciding how many guests would be invited.

In 2007, the organizers announced they invited foreign diplomats to the annual street dancing competition. But none of the ambassadors arrived, reportedly due to security reasons.

Villar will be around on the foundation day on March 10, not on March 8, when the festival's highlight, the annual street dancing competition unfolds.

The senate president is among the stalwarts of the Nacionalista Party, one of two parties expected to rival in the 2010 presidential elections. The other party, the Liberal Party, is led by Manuel "Mar" Roxas III.   

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri earlier announced during a medical mission in Maramag town that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is expected to arrive during the Kaamulan to formally open the new Bukidnon Medical Center.

But Intong could not confirm this.

The Philippine Information Agency – Bukidnon Center told MindaNews as of Feb. 28, they have received no information yet on a possible presidential visit in time for the festival. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)