Dia di Ma’am Caling fetes outstanding Zambo youths PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 11:26

Three Zamboangueno youths were feted for their outstanding academic achievements and invaluable community service Saturday night, highlighting the observance of Dia di Ma’am Caling in celebration of the 93rd birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

Dubbed as the Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat Award of Excellence (MCLLAE), the accolade is a yearly recognition to young students who reflect outstanding academic accomplishments, service and leadership.

Mayor Beng Climaco, District I Cong. Celso Lobregat, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar spearheaded the awarding ceremony by handing over the plaques to Jomarec Banez of AMA Computer College, Adriel Early Toribio of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and Sarah Mae Sales of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).

The MCLLAE is regarded as a valid indicator that the students will succeed in life where the awardee uses his or her talents and skills for the improvement of the society. It believes that it can make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and in the spirit of the community and school.

This is the fourth year that the city government held the MCLL Award of Excellence which is aimed to continue Mrs. Lobregat’s legacy for the youth. Among many other things, Mrs. Lobregat, in her lifetime was a champion of youth empowerment, a frontrunner in initiating programs intended to improve the plight of the youth sector, empowering them to reach their full potential, make informed decisions and to assert their rights.

In her message, Mayor Climaco recalled moments with the late mayor, who was her godmother in baptism. “She (Mam Caling) told me I can fight like a man but always be a woman through and through. I really learned and value and treasure what leadership means and tonight, we life honor her memory as a woman who shared her very life for us”.

She described the late mayor as a “woman who has given so much of her life to us stressing that “at this very moment in the presence of our young people she also tells and encourages us to value and help Zambaonga City.”

“To honora kita el memoria y celebra el vida di Ma’am Caling, ta pidi yo con ustedes pabor contribuji con el Ciudad de Zamboanga por medio del di aton amor y contribucion para ayuda con el ciudad para puede kita levanta un mas mejor Zamboangaa,” the lady mayor added.

For his part, Cong. Lobregat, who gave a response on behalf of the Lobregat family, thanked all those who turned up for the event and for constantly remembering the memory of his late mother.

He said in these challenging times if Ma’am Caling were alive, she would issue a clarion call through the song “no te vayas de Zamboanga” which appropriately means “Don’t leave Zamboanga”.

He lamented that because of the recent siege, some Zamboangueno families have transferred to other places, sold properties, invested outside the city and or had their children study in other cities.

Lobregat urged Zamboanguenos to heed the clarion call and to have faith, trust and confidence in Zamboanga City so that the city can further progress and move forward.

The program commemorating Dia de Ma’am Caling kicked off with a mass at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca officiated by Msgr. Cris Manongas, followed by the wreathlaying and commemorative program at the Jardin Maria Clara.

The  wreath laying rite was participated by the different national and local government agencies, police and military agencies, NGOs, civic groups and institutions and other sectors like the barangays, urban poor and numerous other sectors.

Other officials present during the Dia di Ma’am Caling celebration were City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and other city department heads, City Police OIC Director Col. Angelito Casimiro, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Andrelino Colina, Col. Edwin de Ocampo of the Regional Police Office, Dr. Nora Ponce of the ZSPC, City Schools Division OIC Supt. Pete Natividad, Southern City Colleges President Edwin Caliolio, ZCWD officials, Jomar Lobregat and numerous others. — Sheila Covarrubias