CCC’s 31st death anniversary:Beng leads commemoration PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2015 11:35

Thousands of people coming from all walks of life trekked to the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Pasonanca early Saturday, November 14 to commemorate the death anniversary of Mayor Cesar Cortez Climaco, whose life and works continue to inspire Zamboanguenos.

Mayor Beng Climaco and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde spearheaded the commemoration ceremony together with the Climaco family led by Dr. Cesar Climaco Jr., the eldest son of the late mayor. The activity Saturday began with a 7am mass at the Sta. Maria Church followed by the wreath-laying and blessing of the marker and the commemorative program at the gravesite of the late mayor at the Climaco freedom park.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had a vigil at the gravesite of the late mayor as a show of gratitude and appreciation for Cesar Climaco, who strongly advocated for the enhancement of the scouting movement in Zamboanga when he was mayor for 11 years.

Mayor Beng Climaco exhorted Zamboanguenos to continue perpetuating the memory of Cesar, her uncle, who left lasting legacies for Zamboanga. “If Uncle Cesar were alive today, he would be very happy to see a lot of children because he really loved children. Uncle Cesar was a great Zamboangueno who had the courage to create, cultivate and connect people.”

For his part, Dr. Cesar Climaco Jr., CCC’s eldest son, urged Zamboanguenos to always strive for honesty in government, in their private lives and public lives, just as what his late father advocated for in his lifetime.

“This is all I ask from the people of Zamboanga, be honest in all your dealings,” he said as he thanked the people for continuously remembering his father by attending the 31st death anniversary ceremonies.

The commemoration program was also marked by the viewing of the installation art and on the spot poster-making contest participated by students.

The commemoration of CCC’s death anniversary is dubbed as “Dia di Cesar” and is mandated in a City Ordinance.

As a mayor, Cesar Climaco left lasting legacies that include the development of the Pasonanca National park and later the Abong-Abong Park, now called the Climaco Freedom Park.

He was responsible for the establishment of the Boy Scout Campsite, which was once the site of an international Boy Scout Jamboree. His obsession for cleanliness in the city gained for the city, at one time, the title as the cleanest city in the Philippines.

Cesar Climaco served as mayor from 1953-1954; 1956-1961 and 1980- 1984.His assassination on November 14, 1984 in Gov. Alvarez Street remains unsolved up to this time. — Sheila Covarrubias