Don Sergio’s kin propose group to repeat his deeds-A A +A
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A RELATIVE of the late Don Sergio Osmeña proposed a foundation that will continue the good deeds of the former Philippine president.
Jose Antonio “Jojo” Osmeña, whose father is the grand nephew of Don Sergio, made the proposal yesterday as Cebu City commemorated the 135th birthday of Cebu's “Grand Old Man.”
Jojo said creating a Don Sergio Memorial Foundation Inc. is one way to give back to Don Sergio, whom he described as "selfless, a servant (of the people) and simple.”
“This is one of the best ways we can perpetuate the legacy of Don Sergio and continue the good deeds that he started some 100 years ago, which we can continue from generation to generation,” he said.
Jojo, who spoke on behalf of the Osmeña clan, said one of the thrusts of the foundation can be to give scholarships to poor but deserving constituents of Cebu, as Don Sergio pursued academic excellence when he was young.
Jojo said the foundation may also organize seminars for local government officials or employees, as Don Sergio was an advocate of good governance.
He said the proposed foundation can buy back the house of Don Sergio along Osmeña Blvd. and have it preserved.
Jojo said the establishment of a foundation for Don Sergio will be spearheaded by members of the Osmeña clan. He suggested that the family meet and discuss it.
In an interview, former south district congressman Tomas Osmeña said he is in favor of the idea of establishing a foundation for his grandfather.
“But the other people will have to thresh it out because if I will spearhead it, it will be self-serving because I am in politics,” he said.
As to buying back the house of Don Sergio, Tomas said it might not be possible considering that the lot in the area would cost at least P100,000 per square meter.
Meanwhile, Msgr. Robert Alesna, who officiated the mass during the Osmeña Day celebration, told elected city officials to uphold the legacy of Don Sergio by passing laws or ordinances that will be good for the constituents.
“The many good things done by Don Sergio were not for his own self or family but for the love of country and the people,” Alesna said in his homily.
After the mass, the members of the Osmeña clan and local government officials and employees offered flowers at the bust of Don Sergio, installed at the corner of Osmeña Blvd and Lapu-Lapu St.
Officials of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 also offered flowers and prayers to a bust of Don Sergio inside their camp.
The regional police headquarters is located at Camp Sergio Osmeña on Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City.
“This has been our usual practice to commemorate the late president Don Sergio Osmeña Sr.,” said Supt. Renato Dugan, chief of PRO 7's Public Information Office.
Don Sergio was in public service for 42 years. In 1904, he was the youngest governor of Cebu at 25. Four years later, he became speaker of the First Philippine Assembly.
Don Sergio later became senator and was elected vice president in 1935. He then became the president following the death of President Manuel Quezon in 1944.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 10, 2013.