Bacolod’s 83rd Charter Day on June 18

BACOLOD City – This city would celebrate its 83rd Charter Day on June 18, a non-working holiday.

On December 2018 President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11146 declaring June 18 as “Bacolod City Charter Day.”

The law officially recognizes June 18, 1938 as the day when then President Manuel L. Quezon signed Commonwealth Act No. 326 that created the City of Bacolod. 

This will be the third year that Bacolod will celebrate its Charter Day in June. For some 80 years the city marked its Charter Day every Oct. 19.

Last year, the celebration was simple due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

For this year, the city government has yet to finalize its Charter Day activities but Mayor Evelio Leonardia said health protocols must be strictly followed.

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 in City Ordinance No. 616.

Meanwhile, today, June 12, the city is commemorating the 123rd Philippine Independence Day with a “simple yet fitting” flag-raising ceremony at 6:30 a.m. at the Bacolod City Public Plaza. 

The ceremony today will memorialize that historic day in Kawit, Cavite 123 years ago when General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed an independent Philippine republic.

This year’s theme is “Kalayaan 2021: Diwa sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan.” 

“More than unity and healing, we call for freedom from what ails the world today,” said Leonardia. 

Officials and participants from various sectors who will attend the event are required to observe minimum health safety protocols. 

The program will officially conclude with a wreath-laying at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier.

Expected attendees are Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Cong. Greg Gasataya, and City Administrator Em Ang, among others./PN  


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