Zambo City marks Dia de Ma’am Caling PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2014 11:38

Zamboanga City pays tribute today to the many contributions of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat in a simple yet meaningful activity dubbed “Dia di Ma’am Caling” marking the latter’s 93rd birth anniversary.

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead city officials in the Dia di Ma’am Caling activities that will kick off with a mass at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca at 4pm followed by the wreath-laying ceremony and commemorative program at the Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat.

Highlight of the activity will be the conferment of the 4th Mayor Maria Clara Lorenzo  Lobregat Award of Excellence on outstanding graduating high school students.

District I Representative Celso Lobregat, eldest son of the late mayor, will lead the family in joining the different activities.

Mrs. Lobregat, fondly called Ma’am Caling, was the city’s first woman mayor, a position she served  from July 1, 1998  until her untimely demise on January 2, 2004. Born in 1921, she is the second daughter of Don Pablo Lorenzo, who himself also served as city mayor, and Luisa Rafols of Cebu.

Ma’am Caling’s political career started in 1971 when she was elected as the city’s delegate to the Constitutional Convention. In 1987, she was elected to a congressional seat, an opportunity for her to demonstrate her leadership. Impressed with her performance at the House of Representatives, the people re-elected her in 1992 and 1995. After her three terms in congress, she ran for and won the mayoral post.

‘Dia di Ma’am Caling kicks off Festival de Verano - erstwhile known as the Zamboanga Summer Festival –featuring various events that residents can engage in, to while away the summer. — Sheila Covarrubias