The Bacolod City government awarded 20 outstanding taxpayers and gave the Mayor’s special citations to two individuals and a foundation, during the 75th Commemoration of the Signing of the Charter of the City of Bacolod yesterday, at the Bacolod City Government Center.
Bacolod Congressman-elect and Mayor Evelio Leonardia, City Administrator John Orola and Councilors Em Ang, Sonya Verdeflor, Catalino Alisbo, Roberto Rojas and Caesar Distrito were joined by re-elected Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and the Mayor’s wife, Elsa Leonardia, in giving out the awards and special citations.
The top five realty taxpayers for 2012 were Ricardo Yanson Jr., Jerry Ong, Jacinto Palma, Belina Ong, and Tomas De Leon Jr.
The top five corporate realty taxpayers for 2012 were SM Mega Holdings, Bacolod Commercial and Industrial Park, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Dynasty Management and Development Corp., and San Miguel Brewery Inc.
The top five individual business taxpayers for 2012 were Jose Maria Cajili, Ronald Teh, Ramon Kilayko, Manuel Po, and Alvin Yu.
The top five corporate business taxpayers for 2012 were La Filipina Uygonco Corp., Marketing One Unlimited Inc., San Miguel Brewery Inc., Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Co. Inc., and Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc.
Mayor’s special citations were also given to Msgr. John Su, Jerry Lesaca Sy and the Bacolod Cultural Foundation Inc.
Su, who passed away Sunday, was recognized for his lifelong commitment to his mission of spreading the Word and love of God, first as a missionary to immigrant Chinese Catholics in the Philippines in 1957, then as one of the founders of Hua Ming Catholic School in 1959, soon renamed St. John Institute, now one of the Bacolod’s premier educational institutions.
Lesaca was recognized for his magnanimous support to the Bacolod City government’s many projects, the latest of which are the historical panels depicting the development and growth of Bacolod City, as a legacy for the appreciation of generations of Bacolodnons to come.
A citation was also given to the Bacolod Cultural Foundation Inc. led by Araceli Mirano for their magnanimous support to the Bacolod City government by sponsoring the historical panels and the portraits of 25 mayors who served Bacolod City since 1938.
City Treasurer Annabelle Badajos also received a plaque as Outstanding City Government Executive.
She was also given recognition during the Ang Banwahanon Awards ceremonies Monday for her untiring dedication as City Treasurer, providing motivation to consistently garner the “One of the Best 5S Implementor Among City Treasury Offices in Region 6” in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The 75th Commemoration of the Signing of the Charter of Bacolod City yesterday at the Bacolod City Government Center started with a thanksgiving mass followed by the unveiling and installation of the bust of Senator Pedro C. Hernaez and the portraits of 25 mayors of Bacolod City, as well as historical panels titled “A People’s Dream Come True.”
The portraits of the 25 mayors were painted by Jun Dioce, while the bust of Hernaez was sculpted by Recollect Father Jazeel “Tagoy” Jakosalem.
Also present were former Mayors Oscar Verdeflor, Luzviminda Valdez, Rolando Villamor and representatives and family members of other past mayors, Vice Mayor-elect Greg Gasataya, Councilors Roberto Rojas, Sonya Verdeflor, Caesar Distrito, Catalino Alisbo and Em Ang, who served as emcee, incoming Bacolod first lady Josefa Puentevella, the DepEd, and city employees and officials.*CGS