ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 26 — Let us continue to work together and accomplish great things; let us recommit ourselves to a common goal; let us join hands and chart the way forward.
Thus urged Mayor Celso Lobregat as Zamboangueños commemorated Saturday the 74th Charter anniversary which marked the day when the first set of appointive city officials were sworn into office.
The highlighting activities of the Dia de Zamboanga (Charter Day) kicked off with a grand parade from N.S. Valderroza Street in front of City Hall to the Joaquin F. Enriquez Sports Complex where the commemorative program was held with Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Alexander Pama as guest of honor and speaker.
Exciting parts in the program were the competitions on drum and lyre and city seal where the winners received huge cash prizes.
Lobregat said the Dia de Zamboanga celebration elicits many memories, heightens appreciation of the sacrifices of the leaders who preceded the current ones and also evokes many thoughts about what lies ahead.
The mayor was joined by Deputy House Speaker for Mindanao and first district Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and second district Congressman Erico Basilio Fabian, members of the City Council and other city officials during the program.
The conferment of the title Hijo Adoptivo de la Ciudad de Zamboanga or Adopted son of Zamboanga on Admiral Pama was the main highlight of the program.
The conferment of the title was based on City Council Resolution 592 approved on September 10, 2010 citing Pamas worthy record as an officer of the Philippine Navy and his noble contributions to Mindanao and Zamboanga City in particular.
A Zamboangueño in heart, in spirit and in mind, Pama has demonstrated on various occasions his commitment to the people of Western Mindanao, especially Zamboanga, according to Lobregat. (PNA)