Tacloban marks ASEAN’s 50th
TACLOBAN CITY – The City Government of Tacloban joined 50 other locations in the country on Tuesday evening for the historic ASEAN Landmark Lighting Ceremony held to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez and other City Government Officials led the nationwide simultaneous landmark lighting ceremony at the City Hall Grounds following a grand parade and a two-hour commemorative program which featured performances by local artists.
The Chief Executive said that Tacloban’s hosting of the Historic ASEAN Landmark Lighting is symbolic of the City bouncing back despite all the setbacks brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) in 2013.
“We have bounced back from all of the setback…Tacloban is one of the fastest growing Cities in the country…and hosting an activity such as this, makes us proud to be Taclobanon, added the Mayor.
According to her it is City’s good fortune that the Philippines is part of an organization that promotes Regional Stability and Progress.
She exhorted Taclobanons to join President Rodrigo Duterte in his efforts as Chairman of ASEAN to bring peace and progress for Asia.
“We join him, in our common hopes and efforts for peace, stability and progress… in our city we can achieve these aims… by working in celebrating and rehabilitating the City… by assisting each other and sharing our skills.
Meanwhile, Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Head Karen Terado who was Guest of Honor during the Program said Tacloban’s hosting of the ASEAN event is a recognition of its resiliency and remarkable growth, that makes it one of the key cities in the country.
The event was also attended by Government Agencies, City Barangays and several civic organizations. It culminated the weeklong activities in the City related to the ASEAN Anniversary Celebration, that included a Quiz Bee, Slogan and Poster-making contest spearheaded by the City Division of the Department of Education. – HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO