Unveiling of CCC tomb insignia mark Dia de Cesar PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:35

Thousands of people from all walks of life trooped to the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong Friday, November 14 to pay tribute to Mayor Cesar Cortez Climaco, whose life and legacy was marked by charisma, courage and compassion.

The gathering at the park yesterday, marked the 30th year since Cesar Climaco was felled by an assassin’s bullet while inspecting the fire scene in Camino on Nov. 14, 1984.

Mayor Beng Climaco and Delora “Desie” Climaco, daughter of the late mayor, led in the ceremonies that commenced with a mass at the Pasonanca Parish Church at 7am followed by a meaningful commemorative program at the Park at 8 am.

The blessing and unveiling of the tomb insignia and marker of Mayor Cesar Climaco highlighted the celebration attended by thousands of people mostly young scouts, local and national government officials and employees, representatives from the private sector and other groups.

The insignia CCC placed atop the marbled tomb represents the name Cesar Cortez Climaco and his characteristics that the people celebrate in his honor: Carisma, Coraje, Compasion (charisma, courage and compassion).

Rev. Fr. Rey Francisco led in the blessing rites that preceded the unveiling ceremonies.

Delora in her message thanked the people who gathered at the Climaco Freedom Park to honor her father. “My deepest hope would be for all the young ones to take into their heart what my father did and to do their best for the betterment of the city.”

Yesterday afternoon, tertiary and secondary students participated in the extemporaneous speaking contest and the quiz bowl at the City Hall conference culminating the Dia de Cesar celebration.

The observance of 30th Dia de Cesar officially kicked off November 10 with the unveiling of the commemorative portraits at Plaza Rizal and the opening of the exhibit of CCC’s personal effects, artifacts and memoirs at the City Hall lobby.

Last Thursday, Nov. 13, Mayor Beng Climaco spearheaded the parade from the Cesar Climaco residence in Sta. Maria to the Freedom Park in Abong-abong where a variety show followed.

At 9pm Thursday, the mayor also led the candle lighting ceremony and floral offering at the assassination site in Camino Nuevo. — Sheila Covarrubias