Beng, Celso lead Ma’am Caling rites PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:49

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco and Congressman Celso Lobregat of District 1 on Tuesday took a short break from their campaign sorties to lead Zamboangueños in a simple program, remembering the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat on her 95th birthday.

Dubbed as “Dia di Ma’am Caling, the program started with a mass at Pasonanca Parish Church where Lobregat spoke about his fond memories of his late mother known to many as “Ma’am Caling,” who had served Zamboanga on various positions—from being a Constitutional Convention delegate to assemblywoman, congresswoman and city mayor.

“Ma’am Caling meant so many things to so many people,” Lobregat said of his mother, who would have turned 95 last April 26.

For her part, Mayor Climaco urged Zamboangueños to continue their fond memories of Ma’am Caling, her godmother, the first woman mayor of Zamboanga.

She said one of Ma’am Caling’s many legacies was the promotion and preservation of Zamboanga’s Chavacano language through the conduct of Chavacano Song Festival, which the city government is continuing to the present.

A wreath laying followed at Jardin Maria Clara where the life-size statue of Ma’am Caling stands. The event was capped by the Chavacano Pop Music Night and awarding of winners in the Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga photo competition and 1st Chalk Art Contest held as part of the Summer festival 2016 activiites.— Vic Larato