BACOLOD CITY, June 18 (PNA) — The city government of Bacolod is celebrating its diamond jubilee today.
Outgoing city mayor and congressman-elect Evelio Leonardia pursued the celebration despite opposition from the camp of outgoing Cong. Anthony Rolando Golez Jr.
The Commonwealth Act 326 signed by then President Manuel Quezon on June 18, 1938 paved way to the birth of the city on October 19 of the same year.
City Legal Officer Atty. Joselito Bayatan assured that there will be no legal discrepancies if Leonardia insists in holding a pre-charter day celebration every June 18 of the year instead of October 19.
Bayatan added that both of the dates are equally significant to the history of Bacolod. He also clarified that they are not disputing the opinion expressed by the National Historical Commission on the matter.
NHC Chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno has released an opinion that Bacolod City started its “corporate existence” on October 19, 1938, thus, its Charter Day celebration should be every October 19 of the year.
But Bayatan pointed out that there will be no October 19 Charter Day if not for the signing of the commonwealth act on June 18, 1939. “There goes the significance of the date,” he stressed.
The commemoration of Bacolod’s 75th Charter Day will be marked by a grand fashion show this evening, according to Leonardia.
Panasiatic Call Center has teamed-up with ABS-CBN Bacolod to stage a Kapamilya Karavan at the grounds of the Bacolod City New Government Center.
After the Panasiatic-ABS-CBN show, there will be a San Miguel Night and barn dance.
Prior to this, the city government also honored some prominent Bacolodnons who excelled in their respective careers.
Among the recipients of Ang Banwahanon Awards were Fe Remitio and businessman Ben Ortega, who significantly contributed to the growth of the city.