City sets Dia de Mam Caling April 26 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015 14:50

The City Government will spearhead activities for Dia de Mam Caling on Sunday, April 26 in celebration of the 94th birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara “Caling” Lobregat.

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead city officials in the activities that will kick off with a mass at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca at 7am, followed by the wreath-laying ceremony and commemorative program at the Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat.

Highlight of the activity will be opening of the Mam Caling exhibit that will feature the Mrs. Lobregat’s memorabilia and mementos at the Museo de Zamboanga in Pasonanca.

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.

The ‘Dia di Ma’am Caling’ forms part of the 2015 Summer Festival activities which kicked off April 17 with a burst of colors and live song and dance presentations at the City hall grounds.  — Sheila Covarrubias