Taguchi: CDO’s “Prides” (part 4)-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
DEAR Mayor Oscar Moreno,
Once your tenure as mayor is far from its end and therefore unseasoned, Sari-Sari cannot yet include your name in its listing of CDO’s “Prides.” Time will tell if you will be another Justiniano Borja.
I don’t know the details in the governance of Mayor Borja that earned him the unrivalled acclaim of being the best mayor Cagayan de Oro has ever known.
But that his funeral procession was the longest this city has ever seen and the mourning of his death resembled Good Friday, speak of the love Cagayanons had for this man.
It’s logical to conclude that he was loved and missed because he loved and served his people well.
In layman’s parlance, that’s what good governance is all about, right?
I hope you, too, will be much loved by your constituents and someday will be remembered as another great mayor, for then I may stand in the penumbra of your glory: I suspect we are related, Mayor.
Are you a Moreno from Balingasag who is related to the Morenos of Bukidnon? If so, I am entitled to call you “Gaw!”
You see, on my mother’s side, I am a descendant of Elena Moreno, the Bukidnon princess who eloped at age twelve with Spanish Lieutenant Crispulo Rivera.
If you want to know more about Rivera, look up the Teniente Manteca legend: He got so nicknamed for using pork lard in a military strategy against the Moslems.
Is there truth to the legend? Maybe. What’s certain is that Rivera and Elena settled in Balingasag’as did other Morenos, your ancestors among them.
When Rivera died, Elena married or “lived-in” with a certain American named Walter W. Swain who owned Timoga. Gaw, Gaw, please help me claim Timoga!
For all we know, you, too, may qualify as a claimant! Tana sa Iligan! Hasta ang house and lot ni Gloria Arroyo, ato ‘na!
Should I put our relative, Elena, in the list of CDO’s “Prides”?
A friend believes I should: “Elena reminds me of Cleopatra. Cleopatra climbed to political power by bewitching Julius Caesar then Mark Anthony. Similarly, Elena climbed up from the lowliness of her lumad status by means of her relationships with two foreign men, colonizers. Not a bad career for a no-read-no-write!”
Seriously, Gaw, I would rather put you in that list someday.
And you don’t have to climb political ladders in order to be there. All you have to do is serve your city well.
Already, I am beginning to see signs of good governance, such as:
1. Banning sidewalk vending.
2. Closing the night cafe and “tiangge” in the middle of Divisoria. The amphitheatre area of Divisoria has been suggested as the new site but thumbed down for being too small.
I disagree. It’s too small only if ukay-ukay is permitted.
One can’t help asking: In the first place, is it sound practice, Philippine economy-wise, to allow the selling of ukay-ukay?
3. Remodeling Cogon Market. Gaw, the passageways between stalls are so narrow, a tourist weighing 200 pounds would never return. Please consider this problem in your expansion of tourism.
4. The ongoing renovation of Gaston Park. I’m negative about the “sementado” look, though. May the cementation stop at the playground area where there ought to be abundant grass.
May there be more shady trees all over. By the way, why don’t the cherry blossom trees bloom anymore?
Lastly, a fountain that does not fount is dead. Don’t let this be your symbol! Let its motor work or turn it into a water garden.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 16, 2013.