Running with the Ilonggos PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

More than 40,000 people ran for the 77th Iloilo City Charter Day last Saturday, August 16, from Western Visayas State University to Iloilo City Grandstand. And I am glad to be part of it, the biggest gathering of Ilonnggos and their friends in the history of the city, in support for the bid of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog as the 2014 Best World Mayor this year. He is now in the top 25 short list from 121 nominated City Mayors around the world. The winner will be announced by January 2015 after the online votes and endorsements are counted by board of judges (

I asked Mayor Mabilog personally why was the event entitled, “30,000 Charter Day Run,” he said the target participant was 30,000. But he said gleefully that it reached 40,000 plus. Indeed, I saw different sectors participating from young kids to senior citizens. It was a fun run day that started at 6am, starting in front of the state the university campus to the city proper, and ending in the grandstand. Free mineral water was given, a dance exercise number performance, and a free Globe wifi-connection to upload immediately pictures greeted the runners.

It’s a month long charter celebration for Iloilo City. It started last July 16 and will end on August 25. It should be noted that Iloilo became a city twice. Local history shows that the municipality of Iloilo was then the chief port and trading center of Panay and Negros islands. So it was first elevated from a town to a city in 1889 during the Spanish colonial period.

However, it was reverted back into a town during the American colonial period.

Until the Commonwealth government, Iloilo was re-established as a chartered city when it was incorporated with the surrounding towns of La Paz, Mandurriao, Molo and Arevalo to form the City of Iloilo by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 158 on July 16, 1937.But its cityhood inauguration was held on August 25, 1937, thus the month-long celebration being practiced today.


2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (NIV)

By: Dante Corteza