Vice guv stress significance of Cinco de Noviembre

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013


NEGROS Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson urged Negrenses of today to understand that the observance of the special non-working holiday every November 5th is above all, meant to reflect on the sacrifices of the Negrense forefathers who fought for freedom.

“The celebration of the Cinco de Noviembre is very significant in our lives in the province of Negros Occidental. This marks the revolution that established the Negros Republic after the political movements toppled down the Spanish colonial rule through bloodless revolt,” Lacson said.

He noted that Gen. Aniceto Lacson in the north and Gen. Juan Araneta in central Negros, along with many other leaders and followers, resisted colonial powers by offering their lives for the present generation to appreciate.

“I wish that our glorious past will be a source of our inspiration as we pursue our dreams in the midst of many challenges," Lacson added.

He further urged Negrenses: “Let’s continue to stand united to face the challenges and extend our hand of help to our fellow Negrenses who wish to be liberated from the bondage of poverty.”

The Capitol’s 115th Cinco de Noviembre celebration today is themed “Pasidungog sa mga Bugal kag Manggad sang Probinsiya (A tribute to the pride and treasures of the province)”.

As part of the celebration, the provincial government will honor five outstanding Negrenses from various fields during the awarding rites and cultural show at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall at 4:30 p.m.
The awardees are Dr. Angel Alcala, former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, for Environment Management; Januario John Rivas, honorary Consul General, Philippine Consulate in the Northern Territories, Darwin, Australia, for Public Service; Visayan Daily Star editor-in-chief and president Ninfa Leonardia, for Community Journalism; philanthropist Merceditas Montilla, for Community Service; and the “shell lady” Leticia Ledesma, for Culture and Arts.

In the morning, Gov. Alfredo Marañon will deliver a message during the flag-raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Park.*

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 05, 2013.

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