CSF’s Independence Day Banquet at the Heroes Hall-A A +A
Thursday, June 14, 2012
THE City Government of San Fernando held its annual Independence Day Banquet at the Heroes Hall on Tuesday, with the usual crème ala crème of the city’s high society and sectoral leaders, and government officials, making a strong attendance in a night of nationalistic fervor.
Mayor Oscar Rodriguez welcomed guests from the Muslim sector of the city, religious leaders and grassroots officials at the Mini Convention Center of the Heroes Hall.
The event was marked by a touching ecumenical prayer presented by Rev. Fr Ramon Torres (Roman Catholic), Archbishop Paciano Aniceto (Roman Catholic), Rev. Elias Taavera (United Methodist Church), Bishop Alex Santos (Evangelical Christian), Kapatid Manuel Soriano Jr. (Iglesia Ni Cristo), and Ustaj Sahabodin Dirampatun (Muslim).
Mayor Rodriguez said the event is a reminder to local leaders and stakeholders that the lessons of our country’s struggle for independence are things that should be alive in the hearts of every Kapampangan.
Rodriguez said it has been the commitment of his administration to always commemorate the Independence Day celebrations here with much pomp and splendor to impress on residents of the city the importance of the celebration.
Earlier in the morning, the city hosted a grand civic and military parade that was participated by hundreds of people from different sectors and communities of the city. The parade snaked from the city proper to the Heroes Hall and featured a parade of colors and floats.
The ceremonial toast was delivered by Pampanga of Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Marco Antonio Jimenez, Rev. Father Ramon Torres, Dr. May Eclar and Rev. Father Resty Lumanlan of the city’s Multi Sector Governance Council led by Mayor Rodriguez.
The special dinner was capped by beautiful song intermissions from the City Choir of San Fernando. The evening ended with a grand fireworks display heralding the success of the 114th Independence Day rites in this capital city.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 14, 2012.