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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:19

Declaring the “best is already coming”, Mayor Celso Lobregat Monday night unveiled the laminar shooting jets fountain at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca and revealed that two other bigger fountain projects are up for inauguration soon.

Costing P1.4 million, the high tech fountain aptly placed near the statue of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, adds color and fascination to the entire butterfly garden, one of the city’s attraction sites. The water jets are illuminated with multi-colored LED (light emitting diodes) lights creating an amazing water and light effects at a desired interval.

“But I can tell you there are two more fountains to be inaugurated very, very soon,” the mayor said to the delight of the crowd that included national government executives, non-government organization representatives, city government officials and employees and other sectoral representatives.

In his state of the city report before the City Council last January, the mayor stressed that so much has been done, so much will be done but the best is yet to come referring to projects intended to bring about development and progress in Zamboanga.

“This project we have here is part of the ‘best is yet to come’”, the mayor said as he disclosed the expected unveiling of two more projects—the cascading fountain at the Plaza Pershing, which is undergoing renovation and the dancing fountain at the Paseo del Mar.

The tourism-related projects form part of the City Development Strategy (CDS) and are intended to attract not only domestic and foreign visitors but the locals as well. Many other projects comprise the CDS and all these are being prioritized for the benefit and welfare of the constituents.

Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles officiated the blessing rites which preceded the turn over ceremony. Robert Ciare, representative from Industron Inc., the contractor of the project formally turned over the project to Mayor Lobregat, who in turn relegated the duty to look after the project to City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and City General Services Officer Engr. Rene de la Cruz.

On hand to assist the mayor in unveiling the project were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Councilors Jimmy Cabato, Percival Ramos, Rudy Lim, Joana Mas and Rogelio Valesco Jr.    Also present were former Mayor Vinnie Atilano, former Vice Mayor Roberto Lim, City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo and Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual, representatives from the Edwin Andrews Air Base, business group, education sector, banking and financiers group, barangay sector and many others.

The unveiling ceremony for the laminar shooting jets was preceded by the drum and lyre competition participated by 10 elementary schools, as part of the Tourism Week celebration from Sept. 21-27. — Sheila Covarrubias