Grand Mercure Malang Mirama Celebrated Indonesia’s 77th Independence Day Releasing 300 Pigeons with ARPC

From the beginning of August, various competitions have been held until the celebration of Indonesian Independence Day with ceremonial activities by all employees of Grand Mercure Malang Mirama. Uniquely, this ceremony was held for the first time from Grand Mercure Malang Mirama, considering hotel operations that have not been running for one year. In that prime moment, Grand Mercure Malang Mirama celebrated Independence Day with the nuances of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika represented by all heartists (as Grand Mercure Malang Mirama employees) wearing national traditional clothes that exist throughout Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke.

It was stated by Sugito Adhi as General Manager of Grand Mercure Malang Mirama that this ceremony was a tribute to the Indonesian hero proclamation who fought for the independence of the Republic of Indonesia. Besides, it was a place for appreciation of Indonesian culture by visualizing it with traditional clothes.

“This moment has been the most eagerly awaited and of course I feel happy to see the enthusiasm of the employees by competing to wear the best traditional clothes from each region throughout Indonesia,” said Sugito Adhi. Furthermore, some performances were also done by the choir team of Grand Mercure Malang Mirama. They sang several national and regional songs from Ampar – Ampar Pisang, Cublak – Cublak Suweng and Rek Ayo Rek. Mars Grand Mercure Malang Mirama was also sung at that moment.

After the ceremony, the activities were syukuran nasi tumpeng (an event of blessing the day with cutting nasi tumpeng) until the prize giving for the winners of the competitions. Another important event was the release of approximately 300 pigeons. Sugito Adhi explained that this activity also involved one of the communities, namely ARPC (Arjuna Racing Pigeon Club) by flying pigeon posts from various areas such as Tumpang, Kepanjen, Batu, Lawang, Singosari, and other city areas. As stated by the Community Leader of ARPC, Kent Maestro expressed his pleasure to collaborate with Grand Mercure Malang Mirama.

“This community is also a form of supporting local culture and the pigeon can be contested to go through the distance multiples of 100 kilometers to thousands of kilometers and can immediately return to their respective cages, even between islands,” said Kent maestro. He also added the previous tradition of this pigeon as a means for delivering messages used by soldiers during World War II. Along with the era of modernization, these pigeons are more used as a competition event.

The release of 300 pigeons is certainly rare and it’s the first time that the hospitality industry has carried out in Malang. It shows that Grand Mercure Malang Mirama became a pioneer for every activity that they made.

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