Dia de Roseller Lim set Feb. 9 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 16:33

The City Government in collaboration with JCI Zamboanga Inc.  has lined up activities for the commemoration of the Dia de Roseller Lim in honor of the first and only Zamboangueño senator on Saturday, February 9.

The commemoration kicks off with a mass at 8am at the St. Joseph Church followed by the commemorative program and wreath laying ceremony at 9:30am at the Roseller Lim monument at the R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Highlight of the commemoration will be the Awarding of the Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders Award (FOZYL) at 7pm at the Orchid Ballroom at the Garden Orchid Hotel.

FOZYL recognizes youth leaders who demonstrate academic and leadership excellence, community service and civic responsibility.
Mayor Celso Lobregat along with the senator’s nephew, Councilor Rudy Lim, the senator’s daughter Rosamy Lim and other members of the Lim family will lead the commemoration events.

The observance of Dia de Roseller Lim is pursuant to Ordinance 283 authored by Councilor Lim designating every February 9 as the day marking the late senator’s birthday. It forms part of this year’s 76th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga celebration.

Sen. Lim was revered as the great Filibuster and was the pride of Zamboanga and Mindanao in the Senate from 1955-1963. He died July 5, 1976.

His remarkable career in politics and leadership started in 1949, at age 34, when he was elected Congressman for the Province of Zamboanga. He was re-elected in 1953 and served for 6 consecutive years (from 1957-1963). In his stint as a Congressman, he filed a bill which later became a republic act, dividing the Province of Zamboanga into Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.  He was one of the annual recipients of the Outstanding Congressman of the Philippines Award during his stay in the House of Representatives.

Senator Lim is most remembered for delivering a speech for 18  ½ hours that made him known as “The Great Filibuster”. He became Senator for two years (from 1955-1957) and was re-elected for another six-year term   (from 1957-1963). He was the first and only Zamboangueño to be elected to the Senate. As a Senator, he proved to be more competent and efficient by being instrumental to the election of the Philippines to the governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 1957. He was cited as Outstanding Senator of the Philippines.

Records also show that Senator Roseller T. Lim was born on February 9, 1915 in Zamboanga City to Don Antonio Lim and Mercedes Tarroza. He was married to the former Amy Schuck of Jolo and had five children. He finished the degree Bachelor of Laws at Siliman University and passed the bar examination with a rating of 84.4.%. Lim became the dean of the College of Law of Zamboanga A.E. Colleges until he was appointed as the Fiscal of Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias