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By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
CITY Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos announced they have lined up a special activity for the observance of the International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) Candlelight Memorial in the city.
However, Agbulos said they will hold the activity on Friday, May 16, two days ahead of the International Aids Candlelight Memorial that takes place every third Sunday of May.
The International Aids Candlelight Memorial, the observance of which started in 1983, is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV-Aids awareness.
Agbulos said they will have a torch parade from the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga at Mayor Agan Avenue to Plaza Pershing where they will hold ecumenical prayers.
“This is to commemorate in honor of those who died of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and Aids not only in the city of Zamboanga, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world,” Agbulos said.
The International Aids Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial as it serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and Aids.
Agbulos’ office has registered 86 Aids cases since 1995, including the six confirmed cases recorded since January this year.