Golden Kuliat

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Saturday, January 18, 2014


YESTERDAY’S mammoth motorized tableau has started a series of public events commemorating Angeles City’s Golden Anniversary.

City Hall-led activities culminate in the Awards Night on February l2 billed Pamana: Pagmaragul at Marangal a Anak ning Angeles.

Since its founding year in 1960, Angeles City had been governed by its best political leaders. Each city mayor had his distinct style, agenda, and aspirations.

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The history of Angeles, from its inception as barrio Kuliat to the premier city it has grown today remembers its founders. City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan traces his lineage to his illustrious forebears.

This explains his bold pioneering spirit, full bloodied passion in community service, and a far looking vision for economic growth and development.

The speedy and expansive progress of the City is owed to the Nepomuceno family, owners of the Angeles Electric Corporation aka “power behind the town.”

Emulated by many power companies nationwide, the AEC, led by the legendary Peter Nepomuceno, holds a remarkable record in “electrifying” all the barangays of a new city in the mid ‘60s.

The former Clark Air Base, officially hosted by Angeles City, had been the source of the city’s economic progress. The military based poured billions of pesos in the community and surrounding areas until l992.

Pamintuan started his 2013 term by focusing on beautifying a populous city without a public park. A plazuela cum promenade walkway will soon rise in the heritage district of Sto. Rosario-Sto.Cristo area. He is overseeing major road widening projects costing P100 million, principally Pandan Road that leads to a giant mall, Magalang town, and the Expressway. Another Pl00 million has been earmarked to light up the Friendship Road in the western perimeter of Clark. Sandy portion in the traffic-congested (Paning’s) area is being cleared.

Soon the highway in Balibago going Clark will be widened, while the major drainage systems will be rehabilitated. Illegal sidewalk vendors and unauthorized constructions will be outlawed.

When the city council enacted an ordinance raising real property taxes, Angeleños did not really raised a sustained collective howl. The residents understand and know where their taxes are going. That is the wonderful result when the people trust their mayor.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 19, 2014.

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