BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Friday he is thankful to the Almighty God that over the years Bacolod has been blessed and considered the best place to live in the Philippines.
Leonardia, who led the Thanksgiving Day at the lobby of Bacolod Government Center Friday, said the celebration was a good start and it is expected that by next year, several organizations will join the celebration.
The mayor earlier issued Executive Order No. 34, creating the committee for the celebration of Thanksgiving Day after the approval of City Ordinance No. 09-17-819, authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, declaring the fourth Thursday of November of each year as a Day of Thanksgiving in the City of Bacolod.
The City Council also passed Resolution No. 1285 enjoining all Bacolodnons through the Office of the City Mayor to celebrate Thanksgiving Day on November 23 pursuant to City Ordinance No. 09-17-819.
Leonardia said the City of Bacolod, since it became a chartered city in 1938, has become a progressive and fast-developing highly-urbanized city in the Philippines, even in the midst of several crises, natural calamities, and disasters.
He said the divine blessings sparing Bacolod City from the worst kinds of calamities and destructions and the Bacolodnons’ resilience in times of adversities, paved the way for Bacolod to rise into a livable and prosperous metropolis where its constituents enjoy the fruits of economic development, for which the people should be thankful for.
“We would like to thank the Almighty that over the years, Bacolod is blessed and all of us are here because this is a good place and a best place to live in the Philippines,” Leonardia added.
The mayor also thanked Verdeflor for sponsoring the ordinance and he said that he will continue to support the activity.
“It is a collective community effort and celebration. I supported this and I will continue to support this activity. This is about our relationship as a community, society, city, and as one big happy family through that of Almighty who is the giver of all of this that we are enjoying in this world. We have proven that indeed aside from the festival, there can still be unity and diversity,” he said.
Leonardia noted that in some other countries like the United State of America, the Thanksgiving Day is declared as a holiday, but in Bacolod, it will have to be a congressional action to make it a holiday.
The activity was attended by members of the City Council, representatives from Catholic, Evangelical, Adventist, Punjabi, and Islam churches, and city employees.