City mourns demise of Nonong Guingona PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:57

by JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The Philippine flag at City Hall flew at half-mast Wednesday, June 17, to mourn the passing of former City Councilor Benjamin “Nonong” Guingona III.

Guingona succumbed to cancer Tuesday afternoon, June 16. He was buried at San Roque Catholic Cemetery yesterday after the funeral mass held at his residence.

Mayor Beng Climaco extended her condolences to the family of the former councilor and enjoined the City to pray for his eternal rest.

Benjamin “Nonong” Evangelista Guingona III was born on January 3, 1950. He attended Zamboanga Central School and Don GEMS, and Ateneo de Zamboanga University for his primary and secondary education, respectively. He graduated from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in 1972 with a degree in Business Administration.

He served as a Barangay Kagawad for Sta. Catalina from 1997-2004. He ran and was elected as City Councilor for District II on 2004 and proceeded to serve the City for three consecutive terms until 2013.

During his stint as City Councilor, Guingona authored and sponsored a number of general, revenue and appropriation ordinances, including Ordinance 2010-158 which established Plaza del Pilar and its defining guidelines, regulations and operations, Ordinance 2010-159 which adopted, approved, and prescribed the schedule of fair market value for different kinds of lands, structures, and improvements in the City of Zamboanga for the general revision of real property assessment, Ordinance 395 which established and opened the high school at barangay Tulungatung, Ordinance 396 which declared Zamboanga Hermosa Hymn as the official hymn of Zamboanga City, and Ordinance 378 which established the Zamboanga City Museum otherwise known as the El Museo de Zamboanga,.

He is survived by his wife Ma. Vicenta “Vita” Murga and daughter Carmen Guingona. He was the uncle of incumbent councilor Benjamin “BG” Guingona IV. — Jasmine Mohammadsali