City remembers Zamboangueño senator-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, February 8, 2014
THE City Government will lead Sunday, February 9, the commemoration of the 99th birth anniversary of the late Senator Roseller T. Lim, one of the city’s illustrious sons and the only Zamboangueño who became a senator.
The commemoration will kick off with a mass at the St. Joseph Church at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to be followed by a program and wreath laying ceremony at the R.T. Lim Monument at Normal Road.
At 6 p.m. also Sunday, Lim’s memorabilia exhibit will be opened coinciding with the awarding ceremony for the Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders, a joint undertaking of the City Government and the Zamboanga Jaycees at the City Museum.
The memorabilia exhibit featuring photos and personal items of the only Zamboangueño senator Roseller T. Lim will run starting Sunday, February 9 until the end of the month in observance of the senator’s 99th birth anniversary.
Born on February 9, 1915, Roseller Tarrosa Lim was the oldest of nine children born to Don Antonio Lim and Mercedes Robinson-Tarrosa.
Fondly called “Ross” or “Ller” by family and friends, he was a known scholar and master debater of his high school class and graduated as Valedictorian from the Ateneo de Zamboanga High School.
He pursued and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Siliman University in Dumaguete City in 1940 and passed the bar examinations later that year with an 84.4 percent rating.
Prior to his stint in the political arena, he taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, served as the dean of the College of Law of the Zamboanga A.E. Colleges (now Universidad de Zamboanga) and as appointed as Fiscal of Zamboanga.
He became a staunch advocate of labor reforms and went on to found the Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan (MinSuPala) Labor Organization, becoming its first president.
He was a member of the House of Representatives for six years and the Philippine Senate for eight years.
On July 5, 1976, Lim died from a fatal heart attack at the Makati Medical Center at the age of 61.