Iturralde leads‘Dia de Roseller’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:29

By VIC LARATO

City caretaker and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde led the simple but fitting program yesterday afternoon, commemorating the birth of a great Zamboangueño lawmaker and visionary leader, Roseller Tarroza Lim.

In his message on behalf of Mayor Beng Climaco, Vice Mayor Iturralde hailed Lim for being the first and so far only Zamboangueño to ever become a senator.

Born on Feb. 9, 1915 to Don Antonio Lim and Mercedes Tarroza, Roseller would have been 100 years old yesterday.

“His vision for our City of Zamboanga is a reality we now are enjoying,” Iturralde said of R.T. Lim, who was responsible for the creation of the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte out of what was then known as the Province of Zamboanga.

At the age of 34, Lim started his remarkable career in politics and leadership in 1949, when he was elected congressman for the Province of Zamboanga. He was reelected in 1953 and served for six consecutive years (from 1957 to 1963).

He was known to the Zamboangueños as “El Gallo Sulangkang” and “El Niño Bonito of Zamboanga.

“Sen. Lim is long dead and gone, but his memory lives on, so do his works and ideals,” the vice mayor said.

Yesterday’s commemorative program on its 10th year started with a mass at Carmelite Church on Cawa-Cawa Boulevard now named after him as R.T. Lim Boulevard.

After the mass, a program organized by the city government was conducted at Lim’s Monument at the junction of Normal Road and R.T. Lim Boulevard (fronting the Zamboanga City National High School West).

It was pursuant to City Ordinance No. 283 authored by former Councilor Rudy Lim, a nephew of the late senator.

Iturralde thanked the nearest of kin and family of the Sen. Lim for making the city government and the people of Zamboanga part of the celebration that honored the man whose fortitude and untainted political career had made all Zamboangueños even prouder.— Vic Larato