Bago is celebrating its 55th anniversary as a chartered city, and Malacañang issued Proclamation No. 1098 declaring Feb. 19 a special non-working day in the city.
Anchored on the theme, “Bago City: Steadfast & Virtual @ 55”, this year’s celebration is simple but meaningful, Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo said.
Yesterday, top taxpayers and outstanding Bagonhons in their respective fields were honored during the Gawad Bagonhon 2021. It was a hybrid event where some guests were physically present while others attended the ceremony virtually.
“We recognize the important contribution of all Bagonhons, who are in different fields of endeavor in the local scene, or those who work outside of the City and the country,” Yulo added in a press release.
The honorees include former Philippine Coast Guard commandant, Admiral Joel Garcia, Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Lavadia Jr., DPWH 6 regional director Lea Delfinado, and former Negros Press Club president Renato Duran.
Other activities lined up for the 55th charter fiesta were the virtual Agro-Trade Fair, opening of the National Arts Month, Farmers Weekend Market, BagoBaylan Arts Festival, the LGU Employees Week, and virtual game shows.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who signed the proclamation, said “it is but fitting and proper that people of the City of Bago be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures.” Bago was formally inaugurated as a chartered city on Feb. 19, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4382.*