Dia de Cesar events step on high gear PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:56

A day before the 30th death anniversary of Mayor Cesar C. Climaco, the city government spearheads activities to remember the life and legacy of the late chief executive.

The activities will start at 4pm with a parade from Cesar C. Climaco residence to Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong where a variety show will follow at 6pm.

At 9pm also today, Nov. 13, Mayor Beng Climaco, the  late mayor’s niece, will lead Zamboanguenos in the lighting of candles and offering of flowers at the assassination site in Camino Nuevo.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will also have a vigil at the Climaco Freedom Park tonight.

The Dia de Cesar activities kicked off last Monday, Nov. 10 with the unveiling of the commemorative posters at Plaza Rizal highlighting the Mayor Cesar Climaco’s legacies—carisma, coraje y compasion (charisma, courage and compassion).

On the same day, an exhibit of the late mayor’s personal effects, artifacts and memoirs, including the motorcycle was also opened at the City Hall lobby.

Tomorrow, November 14, which marks the day when Mayor Cesar Climaco was assassinated 30 years ago, the activities will be highlighted by a mass at 7am at the Pasonanca Parish Church.

The commemorative program will follow at 8am at the  Climaco Freedom Park.

Mayor Beng Climaco and other members of the Climaco family will spearhead the series of activities.

Cesar Cortez Climaco served as mayor of Zamboanga City for 11 years and non-consecutive terms. He was a prominent critic of the martial law regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Cesar Climaco was killed by still unidentified assassin while inspecting the fire scene in Camino Nuevo early morning of Nov. 14, 1984.

The observance of Dia de Cesar is based on a City Ordinance and is intended to perpetuate the memory of the legendary mayor. — Sheila Covarrubias