Mabalacat City

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By Malu T. Gueco


Saturday, February 11, 2012

RISING from the shade of the balacat (fourth class timber) trees, this sacred land opened the gateway to a simple, straightforward and easy way of life during the Philippine olden times.

“Ma-balacat’’ in our native Kapampangan means “full of balacats”.
Experiencing the pioneering years, their first settlers were Negritos who were also known as Aetas or Balugas. Crisscrossing the rich green terra firma, tribes led by chieftain Caragan shot their arrows to strike down prey, food and fowls. Bouncing with balacat forest energy and thriving flora and fauna, Mabalacat was proclaimed as a town in 1712 during the Spanish era.



Today, stamping the seal of history, Mayor Marino ‘Boking’ Morales crystallizes the vision of creating Mabalacat City. Empowering the crusade, he leads the town’s officials and citizens, in presenting to the Senate their cityhood plan. Eventually, once passed by the Senate, the proposal will be forwarded to President Aquino for his stirring and symbolic approval.

Charismatic leader Mayor Morales shares these insights:
“We are heartened by the support from the dynamic men and women of Mabalacat in our bid to establish our city. Envisioning it to become the ‘Makati of the North’, we stand tall on the peak of unparalleled growth. Bustling industries, trading enclaves, business core centers, as well tourism heritage sites dot our landscape.

Moreover, we vow to further transform the face of the future city by ensuring these best practices.

Firstly, political stability matched by zealous law enforcement and peace and order policies. Combining this synergy, we will bring to a higher notch our beloved city’s eminent status.

Secondly, we foresee the expanding economic opportunities filtering to every barangay, purok and family home. Booming commerce, trading, wholeselling/retailing and banking ventures will wrap our fiscal environ.
Thirdly, we will enhance its educational and socio-cultural heart. Colleges, schools and learning institutions will sprout with vim and vigor to promote knowledge, wisdom and erudition. Great churches and chapels will additionally spur on our religious activities.
Concomitantly, we will advance our health, sanitation and cleanliness levels to their maximum tiers.

May the Lord bless us and walk with us every step of the way.”


Kudos to Mayor Boking Morales, his hardworking and industrious council of leaders, especially, to the persevering Mabalacat denizens in actualizing their golden, generous and great dreams.

Yes! To their out-of-the-box thinking and creativity in setting out to make the best use of city living. Their sagacious ideas of asking these query…”What if we generate the possibility of……?” changes the game of small thinking into optimal decision-making.

Truly, benevolent leaders have the ability to inspire men and women in following the greater good (summum bonum in Latin). Simultaneously, they give credit where it is due. Magnanimity underscores their plans and blueprints of stewardship.

Par excellent leaders are open to new and novel ideas because they build mutual and trust between them and their followers.

Many years from now, the future generations comprised of young women/men will march through the pathway of progress and peace while voicing out this sentiment:

“I am a proud son/daughter of Mabalacat City.”

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 12, 2012.


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