Beng, Celso reminisce fond memories of Ma’am Caling PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 January 2014 12:48

Mayor Beng Climaco and District 1 Rep. Celso  Lobregat reminisced their fond memories of the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat, known to many as Ma’am Caling, as they led in the program commemorating the latter’s 10th death anniversary yesterday morning at Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

Climaco said Ma’am Caling was very instrumental in her political career as she was the one who invited her to join politics.

“Beng puede bat tu ayuda kunel ciudad de Zamboanga? Juntu kun ustedez todo, kita ta abla Si! Ayuda kita todo el espuerso para el buen estar del di atun ciudad,” Climaco said.

She also thanked the local fire and police officers present during the program for responding to hundreds of emergency calls during the September siege.

For his part, Congressman Lobregat said his memories of his mother kept coming to his mind, especially when he was hospitalized for pneumonia last Dec. 18-23. He said it was his first confinement in hospital.

“In the silence and tranquility of the hospital, the memories of my mother kept coming back. As a mother, she was very loving and caring. She was also an educator that she made sure her children would know the proper values,” Lobregat said.

According to him, Ma’am Caling was a very strong woman; a woman of prayer, a devotee of Our Lady of the Pillar and she was close to God that in her lifetime she would also find time to pray the Holy Rosary.

“I remember, many people would for to her and asked for help and she would always say ‘El quien no llura, no mama (If a baby would not cry, he would not be fed),” Lobregat said, adding that he learned from his mother the saying “Whatever you do in life, you have to do it well” and “being chivalrous does not mean a coward”.

The commemorative activities started with a mass at St. Joseph Church followed by wreath laying and a short program at Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca where a life-size bronze statue of Ma’am Caling stands tall, overlooking the flower and butterfly gardens.

Present were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, members of the city council, city government department heads and employees, academicians, Jomar Lobregat and his daughter, and many other people. — Vic Larato