Today is Charter Day
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Bacolod City will celebrate its Charter Anniversary today, June 18, for the first time. This day marks officially the day when the late President Manuel Luis Quezon, signed the law creating the City of Bacolod, 73 years ago.
Residents of the city may be wondering how this came to be when, as far as they know, Bacolod has always celebrated Charter Day on October 19. This was the day marked with activities and ceremonies recalling the cityhood of Bacolod. For 72 years, residents, as well as officials of the city had been labouring under the impression that this was the actual date of the chartering of their city.
However, it has only lately been determined, based on official records that President Quezon had signed Commonwealth Act No. 326 on June 18, 1938. The Act was the Charter of the City of Bacolod, so the signing date was actually the date when Bacolod was elevated into a city.
As for October 19, this was the date when President Quezon, and all the other officials who were responsible for the passage of the Act, finally arrived in Bacolod, after several postponements caused by bad sailing weather, and, in a momentous ceremony at the Bacolod Plaza, swore in the first officials of the city.
Therefore, as the incumbent Mayor has explained, June 18 was Bacolod’s birthday, while October 19 was its baptismal day.
To set things right, so there will be no confusion as far as Bacolod’s history is concerned, the present Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod has passed a resolution declaring June 18 as the real and official Charter Day of the city.
It took 72 years for the correction to be made, but, henceforth, this will be the day when we will mark Bacolod City’s Charter Anniversary.*