Zambo pays tribute to Ma’am Caling PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 17:20

Zamboangueños yesterday flocked to the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca to commemorate the 8th death anniversary of Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, the city’s 19th and only woman chief executive, who passed away January 2, eight years ago.

Demonstrating love, respect, admiration and appreciation to the late mayor, people representing the different sectors participated in the commemoration rite that kicked off with a mass at 4pm at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, eldest son of the late Ma’am Caling, led city government officials including members of the City Council, representatives from national and local agencies and multi-sectoral groups of the city, in the different activities. The Lobregat children and other close relatives also took part in the activities.

After the mass, Mayor Lobregat led the group to the Jardin Maria Clara for the wreath laying rite that was followed by a short but meaningful program.

The program yesterday demonstrated the Zamboanguenos’ undying admiration, respect and appreciation to the late Ma’am Caling touted as the most endearing person to be the mayor of Zamboanga.

Councilor Rey Candido in his message during the program, reminisced his days with the late Ma’am Caling, who was his employer at the defunct FUBC (First United Broadcasting Corporation). The Zamboanga Hermosa chorale led the doxology and the signing of the Philippine National Anthem and the Zamboanga Hermosa hymn.

Mayor Celso Lobregat in his response expressed appreciation for the Zamboangueños’ constant love and respect for his late mother. He vowed to continue with more zest the visions and missions of Ma’am Caling through the support of other public servants and the all the residents.

The Philippine Air Force Band played the taps during the wreath laying rite.

Ma’am Caling died at the age of 83 in a hospital in Manila due to cardiac arrest on the night of January 2, 2004. Throngs of people not only from this city but other parts of the country and even some parts of the world mourned and grieved her loss. — Sheila Covarrubias