Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said he wants the growth and prosperity of Bacolod City to accelerate and that his wish is to see that it will really be established as one of the premier cities of the Philippines, if not of Southeast Asia.
“That can only happen if our city officials work together,” he said in an interview at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City during his 66th birthday celebration attended by more than 2,000 guests, which included family, friends, local officials, businessmen and supporters.
In his address Leonardia gave an update on the recent major developments of Bacolod City. There is no doubt Bacolod is moving forward and, in fact, it is accelerating, he said.
“We have more reason now to see to it that we nurture our city and sustain its growth, development and prosperity,” he said.
Leonardia said they are also expecting the barangays to help them in this march towards progress and prosperity.
“You are part and parcel of the growth, development and prosperity of the city. We can move the city forward if we have the barangays with us,” he said, at the affair attended by the majority of the city’s barangay captains.
SIGNS OF CONFIDENCE
He said the presence of the country’s major property firms like Megaworld Corp., SM Prime Holdings, Robinson’s Land Corp., Ayala Land Inc., and Cebu Landmaster Inc., are a sign of investors’ confidence in Bacolod City.
“Definitely, Bacolod has grown so big. The city is marching towards growth, development and prosperity. But this can only be sustained if our city officials and congressman and all of us will work together for the good of Bacolod,” Leonardia said.
“So I appeal to everyone to cooperate so we can reach our dreams for the city. We are doing this for the sake of our children because we know they are our future,” he said.
Leonardia said that whether there are political detractors or not, “Let us set our minds on our ultimate goal to make Bacolod one of the best cities, not just in the Philippines but in Asia.”
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said he is proud to call Leonardia his leader, his mayor, his boss, because his leadership has brought progress and development to the city. This can only be done by a dedicated and hardworking public servant like him (Leonardia), the vice mayor said.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said he thanked the mayor for the friendship and their working partnership over the years. May he have more energy and more wisdom as he continues to lead the city to a higher level, he said.
The mayor’s well-wishers also included Councilors Caesar Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, Em Ang, Elmer Sy, Ana Marie Palermo, Dindo Ramos, Bartolome Orola, and Sonya Verdeflor, and City Administrator John Orola.
Also at the affair were Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo, Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, former mayor Luzviminda Valdez, and former councilors Carlos Jose Lopez, Roberto Rojas, and Archie Baribar.
The celebration was also attended by 48 barangay captains of Bacolod.
Bacolodnon actor Ced Torrecarion, who currently stars in the teleserye “The Blood Sisters” of ABS-CBN, rendered a special number.
An upside down 10-minute on-the-spot mural painting depicting Leonardia, the Bacolod City Government Center, and the people of Bacolod that kicked off the program proper was heartily applauded by the gathering.
The birthday celebration also featured video greetings of several councilors, businessmen, and former officials, as well as the Bacolod City government employees.*CGS
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