Villasis build major buildings through popularity contests

January 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment


By Yolanda Sotelo
VILLASIS -Through popularity contests, a main feature of this agricultural town’s annual fiesta, the local government was able to build several major government buildings.
Mayor Nonato Abrenica said the the rebuilding of the municipal hall was one of the biggest accomplishments of the popularity contests which mostly married ladies from here and abroad, join. He said it was during a year when the the Mrs. Villasis contestants were able to accumulate more than P12 million as that the old municipal building was replaced with a new one.
It was only the trusses, foundation and posts that were retained from the old building. Everything was replaced and the building was extended to the left.
Abrenica said the other buildings built through the proceeds of the popularity contests are the Legislative Building, public auditorium and gymnasium, and establishment of a park.
The first time that the popularity contest was held, the amassed money was used to purchase heavy equipment like grader, payloader and dump truck, which were used for improvement of municipal roads.
The contest for the construction of the Legislative Building was special because the Mrs. Villasis got a “naming right,” or the building would be named after her.  The winner was Beatriz de Vera Olivas and her name is prominently etched infront of the building.
Abrenica said he needed to go abroad to convince Villasis residents who are working or living there, to join the contest.  He would tell them the project to be funded from the proceeds of the contest.
But there are also local ladies who joined the annual contests, he said.
There are years that we get big amounts, and there are years when its not much, he said, depending on who the contestants are.
This year’s contest netted only P2 million and it would be used for the renovation and improvement of the town’s gymnasium.
“Maybe the donors are having donors’ fatique. So next year we will have a break from the popularity contests and hold a beauty contest instead,” Abrenica said.
Abrenica said the town has an annual budget now of P150 million, up from P50 million when he became mayor in 2001.
It would have been difficult to undertake the major infrastructure projects with the limited budget, he said.
 
 
   

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