Beng elated with CCC’s Gawad Rizal award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 June 2012 13:57

The late Mayor Cesar Cortes Climaco has been conferred the Rizal Award for nationalism, professional excellence and for promotion of civic competence and integrity during the culminating activity of Rizal@150 in Calamba, Laguna, June 19.

As this developed, House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco, who is a niece of the late Mayor Climaco, expressed pride and elation over the award conferred by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

“This is truly inspiring. The Rizal award only signifies CCC’s contribution to Zamboanga. We need not look too far. We have our own Zamboangueno hero”, Cong.  Climaco said.

The late Climaco, who served as mayor of Zamboanga for 3 terms—1953 to 1954, 1956-1961 and 1980-1984, was a stalwart of the opposition in the country and the symbol of the fight for the preservation of the freedom of speech. At a time when few dared to speak up against President Marcos, Cesar would be the only one who could accuse Marcos of corruption an injustice in an open assembly and get away with it. He was murdered on November 14, 1984 while inspecting a fire scene in Gov. Alvarez Avenue. He was 68 years old when he died.

The posthumous award on the late Mayor was one of the 3 awards conferred by the NHI during the celebration of Jose Rizal’s 151st birthday last June 19. The two other awardees were Dr. Paul Arvisu Dumol and the Metrobank Foundation.

In a statement issued by the NHI, the agency said all three met the criteria set for the award namely, individuals and institution that have encouraged nationalism, professional excellence geared toward community and national development and promote civic competence and integrity.

The award for the late mayor was received by relatives of the Climaco family during rites held at the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna.

Meanwhile, the Deputy House Speaker said renovation of the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-Abong is now on going with the support and hep of various other agencies to help perpetuate the memory of the late mayor Climaco.

A museum to showcase the good deeds of the late mayor will be established at the Climaco Freedom Park to make people remember of the goodness and contributions of the late Mayor Climaco. — Marvin Segura