Celso marks bday with bloodletting, med cap PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:46

Residents of the City yesterday trooped to the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar for the bloodletting and medical outreach mission at the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar in celebration of the 65th birthday of Mayor Celso Lobregat.

Students, professionals including military and police personnel volunteered to donate blood as a show of appreciation and gratitude to the mayor during the bloodletting activity organized by the Red Cross-Zamboanga chapter under administrator Vic Liozo Jr., in cooperation with the City Government. On the other hand, city government employees and various sectors of the society availed of the free consultation and dental clinic organized by the City Health Office under Dr. Rodel Agbulos.

Liozo hailed Lobregat as the “bloodiest mayor” and “bloodiest governor” for continuously sponsoring the conduct of bloodletting activities and for constant support to the blood service program of the Red Cross.

Lobregat, in a message during the blood letting activity thanked all those who volunteered to “share a part of their life” to people in dire need of blood as a gift to him on his birthday.

From the Centro Latino, the mayor together with his children Looie and Marco, grandson Gabby, brother Jomar and niece Martina and daughter proceeded to La Vista del Mar chapel for a thanksgiving mass with co-celebrants Fr. Andy Barcelo and Fr. Fred Alavado. A fellowship lunch followed at the La Vista resort with city officials, employees, barangay officials and representatives from various sectors and supporters and friends of the mayor in attendance.

The celebration was capped another gathering at the Paseo del Mar last night highlighted by video presentations.

On Tuesday, Mayor Lobregat together with some members of the City Council made the rounds of the different orphanage centers in the city and feted abandoned children and elderly to food and frolic.

The giving of food and other supplies to orphanage centers has long been a tradition of Mayor Lobregat every time he celebrates his birthday and during Christmas season ever since he became mayor in 2004, which was also started by his mother, the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat. — Sheila Covarrubias