Celso thanks Zamboangueños for Queen’s warm welcome PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 July 2012 14:01

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday expressed gratitude to residents of Zamboanga for the rousing welcome accorded to Queen Sofia of Spain yesterday.

The mayor likewise thanked the military and police and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and all offices of the City Government that helped in the successful turn out of the historical visit of the Queen to Zamboanga.

In particular, the mayor thanked Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, Police Regional Director PCSupt. Napoleon Estilles, City Police OIC Director PCSupt. Mario Yanga, 3rd Air Division Commander BGen. Emeraldo Magnaye and Naval Forces Western Mindanao Chief Rear Admiral de Guzman.

Mayor Lobregat also cited the participation and contribution of the different schools to the successful visit of Queen Sofia, specifically the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology,  Southern City Colleges, Sinunuc Elementary School, Sinunuc National High School, Claret School, Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School and the Sta. Maria Elementary School.

The chief executive said the Queen’s visit to Zamboanga the whole day yesterday turned out smoothly—peaceful and well-organized.

“The rousing welcome we accorded the Queen is definitely a big boost to the peaceful image of the city of Zamboanga”, the mayor stressed.

He described the visit of the Queen Sofia, the first highest foreign dignitary to visit Zamboanga was a monumental event for Zamboanga.

Finally, the mayor said gratitude also goes out to Queen Sofia herself, for making Zamboanga City one of the sites to be visited during her visit to the Philippines.

“It is truly  an honor for the city of Zamboanga to be visited by the Queen of Spain. I don’t think there was any other foreign dignitary of such stature that ever visited Zamboanga in the past,” the mayor added. — Sheila Covarrubias