City sets 9th Dia de Roseller PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:50

The City of Zamboanga will celebrate the 9th Dia de Sen. Roseller T. Lim Monday, February 9, highlighting the 100th birth anniversary of Roseller Lim, Zamboanga’s first and only Senator to date, and the legacy of greatness he left behind.     In recognition of his contributions to the history of the City and the country, the City Government has prepared a number of commemorative activities to honor one of the City’s illustrious sons.

With the theme “Celebrating a Century Legacy of Greatness and Service”, the Dia de Roseller will kick off with the ribbon-cutting ceremonies unveiling the Installation Art at Plaza Pershing at 7:30 AM. This will be followed by flag raising ceremony at Plaza Rizal and the viewing of the RT Lim Memorabilia Exhibit at the City Hall at 8:30 AM.

At 4PM, a commemorative mass will be held at Carmelite Monastery. A wreath-laying ceremony at the RT Lim Monument in Normal Road will follow at 5PM.

Capping the day’s commemorative activities will be the awarding of the Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders 2015 at Garden Orchid Hotel.

Born on February 9, 1915, Roseller Tarrosa Lim was the oldest of nine children born to Don Antonio Lim and Mercedes Robinson-Tarrosa.

Lim holds the distinction of being the first and only Zamboangueño to have won a seat in the Senate. He was a member of the House of Representatives for six years and the Philippine Senate for eight years.

Among the bills which were enacted into law during his eight-year stint as Senator were those amending the Social Security Act, the Magna Carta of Labor, the Philippine Labor Code, the Women and Children Labor Law, the establishment of an Apprenticeship Training System in the Philippines and creation of the National Apprenticeship Council.

He likewise contributed to the inclusion of the Philippines in the International Labor Organization and the Immigration Committee in 1957.

But the late senator is perhaps best remembered as the Great Filibuster of the Senate. This was after his 18 ½ - hour long speech in his bid to conserve democracy in the country.

On July 5, 1976, Lim died from a fatal heart attack at the Makati Medical Center at the age of 61. — Jasmine Mohammadsali