Zambo remembers Ma’am Caling PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 April 2013 14:42

It was a night of ‘flores y recuerdos’ as residents of Zamboanga remembered the different facets of the woman that was Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat during the 7th Dia di Ma’am Caling celebration on Friday, April 26 at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

The celebration began with a mass at the Holy Trinity Parish which was followed by the wreath-laying ceremony and commemorative program at the Jardin Maria Clara formerly the Butterfly Garden.

Former Mayor Vicente Atilano and City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. shared their memories of working with Mayor Maria Clara “Ma’am Caling” Lobregat, who they remembered as a protector, a benevolent lady who had a soft spot for children, a mentor and as the woman who stood at the forefront of the movement opposing the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) in1996.

“She was indeed the iron woman,” said Orendain. “She also had a penchant for beauty and order,” added Orendain, who served as city administrator during the tenure of Ma’am Caling.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, Ma’am Caling’s eldest son shared that his mother followed an honorable politics. She never changed parties and chose to disregard rumors, barbs and black propaganda. “Pirmi le ta abla, dejalo ya lang canila,” he added.

Lobregat called on the people of Zamboanga to honor Ma’am Caling by putting to practice her philosophy of working together - “man junto junto kita”.

Highlighting this year’s celebration were the awarding of the winners of the 3rd Maria Clara L. Lobregat Award of Excellence (MCLLAE), and the inauguration and opening of the exhibit of the El Museo de Zamboanga.

The winners for the 3rd MCLLAE were Gualberto Lantaya Jr. of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), Jeane Anne Dagoy of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and Ryan Victor Miranda of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU). All three received a plaque of recognition and Php 5,000.00 cash prize.

Capping off the commemorative celebration was the inauguration of the El Museo de Zamboanga. The inauguration marked the unveiling of the museum marker and the opening of the ‘El Historia de Zamboanga’ exhibit. The exhibit features Zamboanga during pre-historic times, the Spanish Rule, the American Period and under the Philippine Republic.

Gracing the inauguration were National Historical Commission Executive Director Ludovico Badoy as guest of honor, District 1 Congresswoman Beng Climaco, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, members of the City Council and members of the El Museo Committee and other guests representing the different sectors of the city.

The 7th Dia di Ma’am Caling marked the late mayor’s 92nd birth anniversary. — Jasmine Mohammadsali