Dia de Roseller Lim activities set PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:38

Everything is set for the commemoration of the 6th Dia de Roseller Lim, the first and only Zamboangueño senator on Thursday, February 9.

A commemorative mass at 8am at the St. Joseph Church in Nuñez Street will kick off the observance tomorrow. It will be followed by the wreath laying ceremony at the R.T. Lim Monument along R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Councilor Rudy Lim, the senator’s nephew, Rosamy Lim, the senator’s daughter and other members of the Lim family will lead the commemoration rite.

Highlighting the event will be the awarding of the “Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders” (FOZYL) and the commemorative program at 7 pm tomorrow at the Orchid Ballroom of the Garden Orchid Hotel.

The search for FOZYL is a joint project of the city government of Zamboanga and the JCI Zamboanga chapter and is intended to recognize youth leaders who demonstrate academic and leadership excellence, community service and civic responsibility.

In 2011, the JCI and the city government also conducted a similar search and the awardees were Grace Kristine Mabanal Baylon, Joseph Van Tecson Bue, Christopher Acapulco Laque, Grace Sojor, and Mark Conrad Rivero Ravanzo.

The observance of Dia de Roseller Lim marks the day when Lim was born and is based on Ordinance 283 authored by Councilor Rudy Lim. It forms part of this year’s 75th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Sen. Lim was revered as the great Filibuster and was the pride of Zamboanga and Mindanao in the Senate from 1955-1963. He died July 5, 1976.

His remarkable career in politics and leadership started in 1949, at age 34, when he was elected Congressman for the Province of Zamboanga. He was re-elected in 1953 and served for 6 consecutive years (from 1957-1963). In his stint as a Congressman, he filed a bill which later became a republic act, dividing the Province of Zamboanga into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.  He was one of the annual recipients of the Outstanding Congressman of the Philippines Award during his stay in the House of Representatives.

Senator Lim is most remembered for delivering a speech for 18  ½ hours that made him known as “The Great Filibuster”. He became Senator for two years (from 1955-1957) and was re-elected for another six-year term   (from 1957-1963). He was the first and only Zamboangueño to be elected to the Senate. As a Senator, he proved to be more competent and efficient by being instrumental to the election of the Philippines to the governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 1957. He was cited as Outstanding Senator of the Philippines.

Records also show that Senator Roseller T. Lim was born on February 9, 1915 in Zamboanga City to Don Antonio Lim and Mercedes Tarroza. He was married to the former Amy Schuck of Jolo and had five children. He finished the degree Bachelor of Laws at Siliman University and passed the bar examination with a rating of 84.4.%. Lim became the dean of the College of Law of Zamboanga A.E. Colleges until he was appointed as the Fiscal of Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias