Exhibit, FOZYL mark 8th Dia de R.T. Lim PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 February 2014 14:34

A memorabilia exhibit featuring photos and personal items of the only Zamboangueño senator Roseller T. Lim will run starting today, Feb. 9 until the end of the month in observance of the senator’s 99th birth anniversary.

Organized by the City Government, the exhibit will open at 6pm today at the City Museum in Pasonanca and is aimed to perpetuate the memory of the late senator who is one of the city’s illustrious sons.

The exhibit entitled “El Gallo Sulankang” will coincide with the awarding of the Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders (FOZYL) also at the City Museum and jointly organized by the City Government and the Zamboanga Jaycees.

The two activities- exhibit and FOZYL awarding ceremony are main highlights of the Dia de Roseller T. Lim, now on the 8th year, marking the late senator’s birth anniversary.

This morning the Dia de Roseller Lim activities will kick off with a mass at 8:30am at the St. Joseph Church to be followed by the program and wreath laying ceremony at the R.T. Lim Monument in Normal Road at 9:30am.

Born on February 9, 1915, Roseller Tarrosa Lim was the oldest of nine children born to Don Antonio Lim and Mercedes Robinson-Tarrosa.

Fondly called “Ross” or “Ller” by family and friends, he was a known scholar and master debater of his high school class and graduated as Valedictorian from the Ateneo de Zamboanga High School.

He pursued and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Siliman University in Dumaguete City in 1940 and passed the bar examinations later that year with an 84.4% rating.

Prior to his stint in the political arena, he taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, served as the dean of the College of Law of the Zamboanga AE Colleges (now Universidad de Zamboanga) and as appointed as Fiscal of Zamboanga.

He became a staunch advocate of labor reforms and went on to found the Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan (MINSUPALA) Labor Organization, becoming its first president.

He was a member of the House of Representatives for six years and the Philippine Senate for eight years.

Lim holds the distinction of being the first and only Zamboangueño to have won a seat in the Senate.

Among the bills which were enacted into law during his eight-year stint as Senator were those amending the Social Security Act, the Magna Carta of Labor, the Philippine Labor Code, the Women and Children Labor Law, the establishment of an Apprenticeship Training System in the Philippines and creation of the National Apprenticeship Council.

On July 5, 1976, Lim died from a fatal heart attack at the Makati Medical Center at the age of 61. — Sheila Covarrubias