Highlight of Dia de Ma’m Caling: City fetes MCLLAE awardees PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 April 2012 14:09

Three graduating tertiary students bested numerous other nominees in the Search for 2012 Maria Clara L. Lobregat Awards of Excellence (MCLLAE), a recognition given to Zamboangueno students who reflect outstanding academic accomplishments, service and leadership.

The awardees were feted and honoured during the commemorative program marking the 91st birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara “Ma’am Caling” Lobregat, April 26 at the Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat.

Mayor Celso Lobregat personally handed over the plaques and cash incentives to the awardees: Jay Saavedra Calumpon of the College of Education at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Ralph Jorline Chua (Bachelor of Science in Accountancy) of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and Michael Vincent Diaz (Bachelor of Science in Computer Education) of the AMA Computer College.

Aside from trophy, each awardee received a cash prize of P5,000.

The MCLLAE is regarded as a valid indicator that the students will succeed in life. The MCLLAE is willing to use his or her talents and skills for the improvement of the society. It believes that it can make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and in the spirit of the community and school.

This is the second year that the city government held the MCLL Award of Excellence which is aimed to continue Mrs. Lobregat’s legacy for the youth. Among many other things, Mrs. Lobregat, in her lifetime was a champion of youth empowerment, a frontrunner in initiating programs intended to improve the plight of the youth sector, empowering them to reach their full potential, make informed decisions and to assert their rights.

The program commemorating Dia de Ma’am Caling kicked off with a mass followed by the blessing of the City Museum located inside the Jardin Maria Clara. The  wreath laying rite was participated by the different national and local government agencies, police and military agencies, NGOs, civic groups and institutions and other sectors like the barangays, urban poor and numerous other sectors. Mayor Lobregat together with House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and the majority members of the City Council. 

City Police OIC Director PCSupt. Mario Yanga, concurrent Assistant Regional Director for Administration, who was the invited guest speaker refreshed people’s recollections of Ma’am Caling. 

In a message read for him by his better half Dr. Ruth Yanga, the police officer said the best gift that people can give the late mayor and her memory “is to care for and love Zamboanga as she did. Let her vision of peace in our city that she wanted us to embrace to always guide us so that we may do justice to the years of care and service she gave us in life”.

Gen. Yanga failed to make it to the program due to the anti-drug operations being done at the time of the program in barangay Recodo.

For his part, Mayor Celso Lobregat thanked all those who took part in the different activities commemorating Dia de Ma’am Caling. He urged people to always adhere to Ma’am Caling’s call “Man junto-junto kita”, meaning, to stay united amidst the emergence of “dark forces, dark clouds and stormy weathers”.

The musical tribute rendered by the Ateneo de Zamboanga Concert Band and the participation of the Zamboanga Hermosa Chorale liven up the program which was capped by the release of the sky lanterns. — Sheila Covarrubias