VICTORIAS City honored the great philanthropist Don Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña, the donor of more than 30 hectares of land, including the location of Victorias City Hall and its surrounding edifices and buildings.
Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, the great grandson of Don Quiña, said they are honoring a great man who donated the land whose usefulness is now enjoyed by the people.
It was 111 years ago, in October 17, 1906, when Don Quiña attended the session of the then Consejo Municipal of Victorias in Daan Banwa to donate the land where Victorias City stands today.
The 4th Don Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña Day was commemorated Tuesday, October 17, as provided in City Ordinance No. 9, series of 2014, with various activities at the public plaza, including health and wellness event, grooming, feeding, and cultural variety show.
“The present location of our 1936 City Hall was donated by my great grandfather. He was a farmer and businessman, a philanthropist by heart. He was very industrious, generous and kind-hearted,” Palanca said.
“He never enriched himself but he gave so much to the Victorias. He was paid one peso for his donation just to have a record of payment on the part of the local government of Victorias,” he added.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on October 18, 2017.
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