City reopens Plaza Pershing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 17:04

Displaying strength and determination, Zamboangueños yesterday were one and united in the effort to help promote Zamboanga despite the numerous obstacles and challenges besetting the City.

People representing different multi-sectoral groups including students, office workers, professionals and the common residents trooped to Plaza Pershing early last night to witness the inauguration of the refurbished park that has a very colorful and interesting history.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said the opening of the rehabilitated Plaza Pershing with National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Executive Director Ludovico Badoy yesterday afternoon was proof that the residents are not cowed by threats from lawless groups.

“We would have wanted the reopening of the Plaza Pershing and the opening of the Christmas season to be in better circumstances but again, we will have to take another step backward but let us take many more steps forward”, the mayor said in his message during the City Hall flag raising ceremony Monday morning, a few hours after the explosion at the Atilano Pension House in Canelar that killed 3 people and wounded 27 others including 2 young children.

The mayor stressed: “Let us not allow the terrorists to control our lives. The explosion was done to disrupt our very lives, let us remain strong and united. We will get through this”.

The Plaza Pershing, located right at the heart of the city underwent rehabilitation sometime April in line with the city government’s thrust to preserve historical landmarks. It is named after John Black Pershing, an American general who played a significant role in Zamboanga’s history.

The park’s rehabilitation is supported by a Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution authored by Councilor Percival Ramos endorsing the move of the Local Council of Culture, Arts and History (LCCAH) headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat to have Plaza Pershing renovated the soonest possible time based on a proposal from the Architectural division of the City Engineer’s Office.

The renovation and site development of Plaza Pershing includes pavers, walkway, fences, lights, drainage including the reconstruction/improvement of the stage and the construction of additional hanging gardens.

The multi-patterned fountain at the Plaza Pershing was unveiled last October 9 as part of the Zamboanga Hermosa festivities with Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez as guest of honor. — Sheila Covarrubias