Lamitan City marks 33rd founding day PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 June 2016 11:48

Lamitan City celebrated its 33rd founding day with an opening program Sunday morning.

Mayor Rose U. Furigay and Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay led officials with descendants of Pedro Javier Cuevas known as “ Datu Kalun” in a floral offering and duwa-a at the Datu Kalun Park as early as 6:00 in the morning.

Msgr. Valeriano S. Cabalog Jr. officiated a blessing of the tomb and shrine of the Lamitan hero Pedro J. Cuevas Sr.

Vice Mayor Furigay relived the hardwork and dedication of Pedro Cuevas.

“He is a strong leader. Without him there is no Lamitan City today. We would like also give our thanks to our former Mayor Wilfredo C. Furigay who is the founder of Lami – Lamihan 33 years ago. If not because of you Uncle, we will not celebrate Lami- Lamihan today”, Furigay said.

Mayor Rose Furigay in her message said that people should always recollect, nourish and remember the past and preserve the good traditions and customs of the Lamiteños.

“We continuously move forward. Lami- Lamihan is a legacy founded by former Mayor Furigay for peace and prosperity. Unity and solidarity,  we are a city of harmony,”the Mayor said.

Furigay thanked some of the descendants of Datu Kalun who came all the was from the United States to join the celebration Rose Furigay, Amy Furigay Quides, Vivian Furigay Dudgeon, Dana Doroja Credo, Alicia Doroja Salyards, Marilou Doroja Avila.

“We always hope that you will come back to join the celebration. To the people we thank for your humble support,” Furigay said.

Col. Tom Donato, commanding officer of the army’s 104th Brigade led his men to join the celebration. Basilan Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Oscar Nantes and his troopers, Sr. Inspector Gean Gallardo and troopers,  Philippine Coast Guard Lamitan City, employees of the city and all stakeholders joined the parade amid heavy  downpour. — Allen Abastillas