Senator Panfilo Lacson, in his keynote message, outlined that the city’s anniversary theme is a challenging but timely call as development has truly taken a toll at Baguio’s ecology and way of life.
“Now more than ever, you need to regain the glory of Baguio. You need to nurture your home, and the very sense of home means discipline sustainability and progress,” he stressed.
Lacson also expressed confidence and support to the leadership of Mayor Benjamin Magalong in delivering his promise of a better Baguio and called for the support of Baguio stakeholders towards such endeavor.
“Any noble cause without collective action yields no progress. This must be the core of our sustainable development as we reach our shared goal, a better Baguio,” Lacson said.
Mayor Magalong reiterated his call for stronger partnership with all sectors of society to make Baguio better.
“As we remain faithfully committed right from day one of our service, together we can capably achieve a well nurtured environment that Baguio deserves. A sustained development called upon by all of us in unity, cooperation and collaboration with each other,” he said.
In his message, Congressman Mark Go also assured continuing legislative support for the protection and preservation of Baguio’s environment as well as in bringing development to the city and its people.
For the 110th Baguio Day celebration, the local officials led other city hall personnel, barangay officials, regional line agencies and civil society organization in a civic parade that was followed by a program at the Baguio Convention Center.
Highlighting the program was the awarding of winners in the annual Search for Outstanding Citizens of Baguio. This year’s awardees are Raquel Versoza, Forest House Assessment and Training Center Inc. owner, and former seminarian – turned teacher Albert Jhun Guinguino for Outstanding Community Service; and Baguio Water District General manager Salvador Royeca and Baguio – born physician Dr. Maria Socorro Florendo – Sarfati for Outstanding Professional Service.
The famous Session Road was closed for a day to give way for several fun and entertainment activities.
The Baguio Day celebration was capped with a grand fireworks display in the evening. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar