Rizal’s birthday: Beng tells youth to believe in their talents, use it PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2016 14:02

Mayor Beng Climaco Sunday called on the youth sector to believe in their innate talents and abilities and use it for God’s glory, as she led multi-sectoral groups in the city in the commemoration of the 155th birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall.

Referring to celebration’s theme “Rizalism: The Emergency of Peace, Solidarity and Good Governance”, the mayor said Rizal in his youth was belittled and depreciated by the Spaniards however with his talents and capabilities, he stood up and defended his people for a person’s worth is not based on his color or race but rather it is God’s gift.

“Today as we celebrate Rizal’s birth anniversary, I encourage the young people and most particularly for the teachers, to inspire our young people to believe that we have God-given talents and we should use it for His glory,” the mayor said in her message.

She also cited the military and the police and other uniformed men present during the early morning program Sunday saying “thank you for defending us and helping us give peace while we, the people are trying to give solidarity.”

“And like what I asked of you during the Independence Day celebration, I ask for your prayers for the incoming president, vice president and all elected officials,” she continued hoping and praying for divine intercession to provide all elected leaders with good governance in the coming term ahead.

Mayor Climaco was joined by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Councilor Rodolfo Bayot; BGEN. Joseph Acosta, Commander of the AFP V. Luna Hospital; Police OIC Director PSSupt. Luisito Magnaye, Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Juvymax Uy, Knights of Columbus-Zamboanga chapter head Domingo Falcasantos and numerous others.

The simple yet meaningful program celebrating the birthday of the national hero was attended by teachers, barangay officials, the police and military sector including the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Task Force Zamboanga and other units; the retired veterans, masons, girl and boy scouts and numerous other groups.

Capping the program was the “Thought Weave” an interactive installation art seeking to unify and weave the collective thoughts of the people of Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias