74th Dia de Zamboanga message: Let us chart the way forward—Celso PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:50

“Let us continue to work together and accomplish great things, let us recommit ourselves to a common goal, let us join hands and chart the way forward”.
Thus, urged Mayor Celso Lobregat, as Zamboanguenos yesterday commemorated the 74th Charter City anniversary which marked the day when the first set of appointive officials were sworn into office.
The highlighting activities of the Dia de Zamboanga kicked off with a grand parade from NS Valderroza Street to the Baliwasan grandstand where the commemorative program was held with Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama as guest of honor and speaker.
Exciting parts in the program were the competitions on drum and lyre and city seal where the winners got to win huge cash prizes. 
Mayor Lobregat said the Dia de Zamboanga celebration elicits many memories, heightens appreciation of the sacrifices of the leaders who preceded the current ones and also evokes many thoughts about what lies ahead.
“Zamboanga, Asia’s Latin City is evolving and is heading in the right direction and we are humbled and proud to be part of the transformation. Let us continue to work together and accomplish great things, let us recommit ourselves to a common goal, let us join hands and chart the way forward,” the mayor stressed.
Lobregat was joined by Congresspersons Beng Climaco and Erbie A. Fabian, members of the City Council and other city officials during the program. The conferment of the title “Hijo Adoptivo de la Ciudad de Zamboanga” or Adopted son of Zamboanga on Admiral Pama was the main highlight of the program.
The conferment of the title was based on City Council Resolution 592 approved on September 10, 2010 citing Pama’s praise worthy record as an officer of the Philippine Navy and his noble contributions to Mindanao and Zamboanga City in particular.
A Zamboangueño in heart, in spirit and in mind, Admiral Pama has demonstrated on various occasions his commitment to the people of Western Mindanao especially Zamboanga, according to Lobregat.

The Dia de Zamboanga marks the day when the first set of Zamboangueño officials were finally entrusted to look after the city and attend to its affairs 74 years ago yeserday.  It took four months since the formal signing of our cityhood before locals were allowed to govern the city.

Commonwealth Act 139 otherwise known as the Charter of the City of Zamboanga was approved on October 12, 1936 by President Manuel L. Quezon. The celebration of Dia de Zamboanga every February 26 is based on resolution 669 approved on Oct. 15, 1986 declaring February 26, 1987 as the 50th Anniversary of the formal inauguration of Zamboanga as chartered city and proclaiming February 26th every year as Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga. It marks the day when the first appointed officials of the City led by then Mayor Nicasio Valderroza were sworn into office. 

Mayor Lobregat said: “The years have stood witness to our city’s growth, its struggles and its successes.  Now, at 74, Zamboanga has become competitive, is evolving and is heading in the right direction and we are humbled and proud to be part of the transformation”.

Even in 1937, he said, the city has shown enormous potentials and that the present generation owes the ancestors and ordinary Zamboangueños for laying the foundations of a great city.  “Today, we honor these people who have been instrumental in making Zamboanga the progressive city it is today.”

This year’s Dia de Zamboanga was highlighted by the first ever Sineng Pambansa: Zamboanga Film Festival 2011, a joint project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the city government aimed to revive the local film industry.

Cinemas 1 and 3 at the MIndrpro Citimall were jampacked during the 3-day screening of 10 mainstream, classic and independent films that won accolades abroad but seldom seen in the country.

“Dia de Zamboanga is truly a celebration, a time for looking back at what we have accomplished as a city and as a people, assessing how far we have come and planning what to do next.  It is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions made by our people – past and present”, the mayor added. — Sheila Covarrubias