Beautiful Angeles-A A +A
By Ram Mercado
Sunday, November 3, 2013
HAVING set in motion (and achieved) the three priority objectives of his mayoralty, viz., health, education, and good governance, City Mayor Ed Pamintuan has a beautification program as his next target.
"I will rise or fall with this endeavour," he pledged himself to realize his initial project, a 3,000-sqm public plaza to rise at the city heritage district. He is occupied, too, with his continuous one million-tree project to re-green the city.
Unnoticed by most are the thousands of tree saplings that already dot the city landscape, part of his massive tree planting and ecology program.
It has dawned on the mayor, who has no visible opponent in 2016, that his city -- among all premier communities in Luzon -- is embarrassed by its lack of a public park/plaza in its poblacion.
How this planning and architectural anomaly came to pass after decades of monumental neglect by local leaders puzzled and inspired EdPam while on soul searching travels in Asian capitals, European cities and the USA.
Supporting and encouraging the mayor is a core group that include Bishop Ambo, the Kuliat Foundation, IT tycoon Dennis Uy, the Tiuseco family and a few partners from the private sector.
The plaza spans the area from the former old Pamintuan (Central Bank) building on the east and the vicinity of the HAU and the Holy Rosary Parish Church to the west. Sto. Entierro, Sto. Rosario and Nepo streets will be paved with art-deco tiles while the right riverbank of adjacent Abacan Creek will be reconfigured as a mini-promenade area.
“Traffic along the plaza will be closed during weekends and public holidays to accommodate visitors and local families for a leisurely, comfortable, and secured walk in the park,” reported city information officer Deo S. Sambilay. A food court and hawkers' stalls will serve the public on weekends. The park’s overhead view will be free of dangling power lines and cable wires.
Angelenos should support and help Pamintuan in his bold and creative pursuit to keep Angeles City at par with the biggest and prosperous communities in the region which boast of their sprawling and well-kept public parks and promenades. The project, with work starting this week, will also correct and redeem the shameful and embarrassing lack of a vital infrastructure in a community that prides in the glorious history, progress, and charm of its people.
A practical way to help the “Keep Angeles Beautiful” program is to support the campaign for restructured real estate property tax based on the world-accepted Geographic Information System (GIS).
The barangay elections had opened the curtains to show an apocalypse of 2016. Congressman Oca, disillusioned and reported unhappy in his present position is being urged to reclaim his fulfilling job as CSF Mayor... Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda will assume his mother’s seat as next Governor with token opposition...The plum position in Angeles will be the vice mayoralty – likely aspirants being Councilor Bryan Nepo vs. Brgy Chairman Tony Mamac. Bryan is an attractive campaigner while Tony is an aggressive worker and spender... Coun. Pogi Lazatin is shaping to be the city council’s fiscalizer... Future Rep.? VM Vicky V. Cabigting will apply her slow break game against Rep. Yeng’s fast breaks. A hotshot for CSF mayoralty is VM Jimmy Lazatin... Ex-Rep. Dong Gonzales, the “Heartbreak Kid”, deserves another chance... Let’s welcome the “maningning at dakilang pamagbalik” of former Bacolor mayor Romeo Buddy Dungca to provincial (and Bacolor) politics... CSF Coun. Angie Hizon has a formidable rival for vice mayor in 2016. She is Dolores Bgry. Chairman Vilma Caluag, said to be a terrific (no-expense-barred) vote getter. Magaling na coach at funder si Kapitan Melchor.
Youth and age are not dates in time, but states of mind.
Our duty is not to add years to our lives,
but to add life to our years.
Enjoy aging... it colors your life.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 04, 2013.