Misamis teachers find Zambo City beautiful, progressive PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:52

“On our way to Zamboanga City, we had mixed feelings; some were excited to come for the first time, but most of us were anxious and a bit afraid because of some negative reports we heard about the city. But when we arrived, to our surprise, we found Zamboanga a very peaceful and progressive city.”

Thus, Lucita Aviles, district supervisor of Lopez Jaena District of Misamis Occidental, exclaimed when interviewed yesterday in City Hall after her group of 20 school principals paid a courtesy call on Mayor Celso Lobregat.

“Zamboanga City has improved a lot since my first visit here. Adunay daku’g kausaban (There is a big improvement,” Aviles said, adding that Zamboanga now has many beautiful places to go to and enjoy. “You now have Paseo del Mar with a dancing fountain, Plaza Pershing with multi-patterned fountain and many other attractions, which were not found many years ago,” she said.

One school principal said this was her first time to be in Zamboanga, which she only saw in the postcard. “Dugay na nakong panganduy nga maka anhi diri, nia na jud ko ug akong nakita nga nindot ang Zamboanga (It has long been my desire to come here, and finally I am here and I found Zamboanga a very beautiful city), she said.

Another school head said her first time in Zamboanga City was in 1986. “Back then, there were few people downtown and there was not vehicular traffic. Now, everything has changed. This is a sign that Zamboanga is very progressive,” she said.

“I can see and feel the beauty of Zamboanga,” the president of MisOcc Association of School Principals said. “Unsay among na kita ug gibati karun nga nia mi diri baliktad sa among na dungug (What we see and what we feel now that we are contrary to what he heard before coming over), he added.

During a briefing with Mayor Lobregat, the visiting school principals from Lopez Jaena District of Misamis Occidental were surprised to know that Zamboanga is the 6th largest city in the country in terms of population, the third biggest city in terms of land area, the Sardines Capital of the Philippines, and now Asia’s Latin City on account of its Spanish-derivative language called Chabacano.

The group arrived in the city Monday afternoon as part of their Lakbay Aral trip. They toured the city’s tourist attractions. They are scheduled to go back to Misamis Occidental today, and they promised to tell their teachers, students and people back home about Zamboanga being very peaceful and progressive.

At the end of his powerpoint presentation on the city development strategies, Lobregat requested the visiting educators to be Zamboanga’s ambassador of goodwill and tourism when they return to their respective places. — Vic Larato