Local News: Bacolod Celebrates 74th B-Day of the City; Makati Mayor Guest
With or without the declaration by Malacañang as non-working public holiday in Bacolod, a series of grand activities are lined up today in Bacolod City as it celebrates its 74th year when Commonwealth Act 326 creating Bacolod City was signed. The celebration is themed, "Bacolod Nagaratsada." Thus, Bacolodnons are excited to participate in the activities. Mayor Jejomar JunJun Binay, Jr., son of Vice president Jejomar Binay, will be the guest of honor.
Makati City Mayor Jejomar "Junjun" Binay in Bacolod City today in connection with the Signing of the Sisterhood Agreement of Makati City and Bacolod City, an important activity, forming part of the Program for the Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Signing of the Charter of the City of Bacolod, to be held at the Lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center.*
Morning activities are: holy mass at the atrium in the new government center, then awarding program where Mayor Evelio Leonardia will distribute certificates of appreciation to the outstanding city employees, businessmen/tax payers, and special citation from the mayor to the Baco-lodnon with exemplary performances. Highlight of the program is the signing of sisterhood pact between Bacolod and Makati Cities, by its respective heads, Mayor Evelio Leonardia for Bacolod City, and Mayor Jejomar, "Junjun" Binay from Makati City as signatories to the pact.
The parade will be in the afternoon, to be participated in by various sectors.
Assembly point of parade participants is at Rizal-Lacson Streets, straight Lacson, turn right at Lacson-Hernaez Streets, to Araneta Street, Gonzaga- Gatuslao Streets, north of Gatuslao as it enters the plaza, pass the reviewing stand near the BAC UP 1 with Mayor Junjun Binay. The dance showdown follows at the public plaza.
In the evening is grand Kapamilya Night with top local talents and artists participation. The grand display of pyrotechnics will conclude the 74th Charter of Bacolod City.
These activities will set the festive mood of Bacolod despite the fact that it is a regular working day.
City officials are firm in their stand, that Section 1 of CA 326 states that "This Act shall be known as "The Charter of the City of Bacolod." Article VIII, Section 54 provides, "This Act shall take effect upon its approval. The Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Dr. Serena Diok-no, PhD, certifies that the Act was approved on June 18, 1938.
These historical facts prompted the Bacolod Sang-gunian Panlungsod to pass (1) Resolution No. 439 on May 28, 2008 or a Resolution Commemorating the Seventieth Year since Bacolod Became a City on June 18, 1938 by Virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 326...; (2) City Ordinance No. 588 on May 2, 2012 or An Ordinance Commemorating every June 18 and Every Year Thereafter as the Date of the Signing Into Law of Commonwealth Act. No. 326 Otherwise Known as "The Charter of the City of Bacolod."; and (3) Resolution No. 407 on May 16, 2012 or a Resolution Respectfully Requesting the House of Representatives and the Senate Through the Representative of the Lone District of Bacolod, Rep. Anthony Rolando T. Golez, Jr. to Amend Republic Act 7724 or An Act Declaring October Nineteen of Every Year a Special Non-Working Public Holiday in the City of Bacolod To Be Known as Bacolod City Charter Day", Changing the Charter Day Celebration from October 19, to June 18 of Every Year, and to Declare the Same as Public Non-Working Holiday.
A closer and objective study of pertinent historical documents and records show that the event that happened on October 19, 1938 was not the creation of the City of Bacolod nor the day of the signing or approval of its Charter.It was actually the inaugural or the installation of the City Government, or more precisely, the first City Mayor, and other set of city officials.
This particular day was a special non-working holiday per Presidential Proclamation No. 322 series of 1938. The subsequent commemorations of this inauguration were inaccurately labeled as Bacolod City Charter Day. Presumably the October 19 celebrations were observed as special non-working days per presidential proclamations until 1993.
Because of the October 19 tradition, anchored on an inaccurate label attached to the occasion—that is, Bacolod City Charter Day, Congress passed Republic Act No. 7724 series of 1994. This law has institutionalized October 19 of every year as a special non-working holiday in Bacolod City.
Because of R.A. 7724, Malacañang did not grant the request of the SP to have June 18, 2012 declared as a special non-working day. As a result, some Bacolodnons may not be able to get involved fully in all activities. It’s a good thing that the organizers endeavored hard to spread out the activities in the morning, afternoon and evening.
Despite the preponderance of historical evidences establishing the accuracy of June 18, 1938 as the date when the City of Bacolod was created, City Hall spokesperson said, Bacolod City Congressman Anthony Golez acted triumphant in his statements that Malacañang did not declare today as a special non-working day.
Although it is a regular working day, today is a festive day for Bacolod City as the City Government lined up a series of public activities aimed at celebrating grandly the 74th Birthday of Bacolod based on its "birth certificate", C.A. 326.*