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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/22 April 2012 by Sheila Covarrubias—Events on the Dia de Ma’am Caling on 26 April this year form part of the 2012 Zamboanga Summer Festival which kicked off 14 April with the 10th Kite Flying competition.
This, as the city government through the City Tourism Division under the Office of the City Mayor lined up a series of activities to fittingly commemorate the 91st birth anniversary of the late Maria Clara Lobregat, erstwhile congresswoman and mayor of Zamboanga on 26 April.
The Dia de Ma’am Caling on 26 April will be highlighted by the commemorative mass at 4pm at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca followed by the program and awarding ceremony of the 2nd Maria Clara Lobregat Awards of Excellence at 5pm at the Jardin Maria Clara also in Pasonanca.
The 7th Encuentro de Chabacano Banda Musical (Battle of the Bands) will be held from 6pm onwards also at the Jardin Maria Clara after the commemorative program.
Meanwhile, some 200 young boys will benefit from Operation Tuli or circumcision to be spearheaded by the City Health Office also on 26 April from 8am to 12noon at the CHO conference room.
The free circumcision services have been included in the Dia de Ma’am Caling events for the past few years considering that the celebration falls during summer period when such rite of passage is usually conducted. The free circumcision is aimed at helping children in one of the stages of their life.
Mrs. Lobregat, the only woman mayor of Zamboanga and mother of incumbent Mayor Celso Lobregat, passed away 2 January 2004.
The observance of Dia de Ma’am Caling is pursuant to a city ordinance mandating the city government to undertake activities in commemoration of the late mayor who, in her lifetime, accomplished a lot for the benefit of the city of Zamboanga. (Sheila Covarrubias)
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