Alma finds Zambo beautiful, peaceful PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 16:28

Zamboangueños have found a committed ambassador of goodwill in the person of former actress and incumbent Parañaque City Councilor Alma Moreno, who is bent in helping the city in its campaign to correct misperceptions about Zamboanga.

Moreno, who is president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) is in Zamboanga City together with the PCL National Chairman and Tagum City Councilor Allan Zulueta and other PCL officers to prepare the groundwork for the holding of the PCL’s National Assembly with some 2,000 participants in the city from September 12-14.

Moreno and her group, accompanied by Councilors Rudy Lim and Abdurahman Nuño, met with Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall yesterday morning to seek the mayor’s support to the scheduled event.

“Nandito po kami para humingi ng tulong kay Mayor (Lobregat) at payagan gawin dito (sa Zamboanga) ang 3rd Assembly ng PCL from Sept. 12-14. Ito ho ang pagkakataon para ipakita na ang Zamboanga City ay napakaganda at hindi ho magulo at napakabait ang mga tao rito”, the PCL president said addressing city government employees during the flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall yesterday morning per request from Mayor Lobregat. 

In an interview with reporters afterwards, the former actress showed no qualms in talking about the many things that Zamboanga has to offer and how infatuated she is with the city and its people citing her numerous visits before.

She admitted that reports reaching Manila and other parts of the country say that Zamboanga is a troubled area in view of bombing incidents but stressed that she herself has proven these reports wrong as the situation in the area is normal and stable.

There may be some incidents that have affected the city, but the same happens or worse things happen in other areas, she said, stressing that it was the unanimous decision of PCL national officers during a recent meeting to hold the assembly here in Zamboanga City.

“Basta ho ang masasabi ko, huwag ho kayong maniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na ang Zamboanga ay magulo, hindi po totoo, kasi po number one ang mga tao napakabait,  ang sarap magtanggap ng bisita, katulad ngayon, iikot po kami, we will see Paseo del Mar and other beautiful places. Zamboanga City is beautiful,” she added.

She thanked Mayor Lobregat for expressing his all out support to the holding of the PCL event in Zamboanga in September.

Moreno’s impressions of Zamboanga was affirmed by the PCL National Chairperson Zulueta, who said that the decision to hold the national assembly of councillors in the city in September is grounded on the belief that “Zamboanga City has a lot of good innovations and good practices that councillors from all over the country should know and replicate in their respective local government units”.

“This (the hold of the assembly in Zamboanga) is also to show to the whole country that Zamboanga City is a very peaceful city, palagi ho ako dito (sa Zamboanga) and this is high time that PCL will hold its own activity here and hopefully with your support, we will have a very successful event,” Zulueta emphasized. — Sheila Covarrubias