Celso orders flags flown at half mast to honor ex-dad PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 August 2011 16:07

To honor the achievements and contributions of the late Santiago Pantaleon, who served as a member of the City Council from 1962-1967, Mayor Celso Lobregat has ordered government offices and agencies in the city to fly the Philippine flag at half mast on Monday during the latter’s interment.

Pantaleon passed away August 1 and will be interred at the Golden Haven Memorial Park in Boalan on Monday, August 8 after the 8am mass at the St. Joseph Church in Nuñez Street. He was 93.

The mayor’s directive is pursuant to Executive Order No. CL 414-2011 expressing the City’s condolence and deepest sympathy to the family of the late Pantaleon as well as expressing the City’s profound gratitude for his exemplary public service to the City of Zamboanga.

Pantaleon was a member of the City Council from 1962-1967. Prior to his stint, he served as a commissioned 1st Lieutenant of the Philippine Army during the Second World War and was assigned to different places in Mindanao. He also served as Barangay Chairman of Culianan from 1968 to 1974 and is dubbed as one of the honest and active public servants that the City of Zamboanga can be proud of.

Mayor Lobregat personally presented the executive order to Pantaleon’s family during necrological service sponsored by the city governmen yesterday afternoon at La Merced Funeral Homes where Pantaleon’s remains having lying in state since his demise.

In his eulogy, Mayor Lobregat thanked the family for allowing the late Santiago, fondly called “Nor Tiago” to serve the people of Zamboanga in various capacities. “As mayor of Zamboanga, it is with great sadness that I say a final goodbye to a man who exemplified the virtues of truth, honesty and dedication to public service”.

“I remember my late mother Ma’am Caling telling me about this respectable man who valued friendship and loyalty”, he said. The late city official was one of the avid supporters and friends of his late mother, Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

During the necrological services, the Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde on behalf of the City Council, also presented to the family a Council resolution of condolence. 

Dr. Mila Fernandez, chair of the Zamboanga City Water District Board of Directors also gave a eulogy while Pantaleon’s son Rolando gave the response.

The late Pantaleon is survived by wife Concepcion and children Edwina, Rolando, Isabel, Meinardo, Jamillah, Georgina o Jojo, Normando, Thelma, Rowena, Maria Rosario y Gabriel Valentin, 41 grandchildren and great granchildren. (SEC/RA)