Secretary Salvador Panelo, chief legal counsel of President Rodrigo Duterte, will be the guest of honor and speaker at the 83rd Charter Day of Bacolod City on June 18.
In inviting Panelo as guest of honor at this important occasion of Bacolod City, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, “We are happy that even at this time of the pandemic, Secretary Panelo graciously accepted our invitation to come to Bacolod and celebrate our Charter Day with us. He is an important link in keeping our communication lines with the national government open during these difficult times.”
This will not be Panelo’s first time in Bacolod.
A former presidential spokesperson and former director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Panelo had graced the MassKara Festival, the official festival of this City, in October 2019, a press release from City Hall said.
Leonardia said this is now the third year that the City is celebrating its Charter Day on June 18, after it had celebrated the occasion every October 19 in the past 80 years.
Bacolod held its first June 18 Charter Day anniversary celebration in 2019, after Duterte signed Republic Act 11146, or the new Bacolod City Charter Day Act, that also declared June 18 of every year as a non-working holiday in the City.
The Charter Day celebration is one of the major activities of the “Mga Adlaw sang Paghanduraw,” the city’s annual commemoration of history, art and culture, from June 12 to 20, as provided for in City Ordinance No. 616.
The June 18 ceremonies, that will be held at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby, will begin with a mass at 1:30 p.m.
The program proper will start at 5 p.m. with Councilor Renecito Novero as master of ceremony.
The opening prayer will be led by Councilor Ayesha Joy Villaflor, president of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, to be followed by the singing of the National Anthem, to be led by the Bacolod City College Duet.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran will deliver a welcome message, to be followed by a production number by the MassKara Festival dancers.
City Administrator Em Ang will lead the acknowledgment of guests during the program. Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya will deliver an inspirational message to be followed by Leonardia with his Charter Day message.
Panelo will give his keynote speech after an introduction from Councilor Israel Salanga.
A video tribute, entitled “Bacolod City: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”, will also be shown during the program, the press release said.
Other Charter Day activities will include photo exhibits at various locations in the city, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony to be attended by Councilor Simple Distrito at Robinsons Place Bacolod, Salanga at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, and Councilor Cindy Rojas at SM City Bacolod.*