CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Aug.9 (PIA) -- Home of Giant Lanterns on Tuesday joined over 70 cities and municipalities all over the Philippines for the historic lighting of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) landmarks.
The event, which highlights the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN, symbolizes the organization’s important role as the light that guides the path of the 10 member-states in pursuit of regional peace and security, prosperity, and socio-cultural development.
In his message, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that participating in the simultaneous lighting is the city’s way of showing unity and oneness with the ideals and objectives of the ASEAN in bringing economic, social, political and cultural progress in the community.
“The old ASEAN is about the Malay pride which Dr. Jose Rizal dreams to unite. The City of San Fernando helps to realize this vision by uniting Fernandinos under the New San Fernando concept, which aims to bring about dynamism and good governance to our people,” the local chief executive furthered.
Aside from this, Santiago said that the city, being the seat of the Kapampangan culture, along with Bacolor town and other towns in Pampanga, takes pride in this historic event as all the lanterns used for the ASEAN lighting comes from the city.
For his part, Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Algy Canlas said that this activity is significant in raising the level of awareness of the community on the benefits of the ASEAN.
The Heroes Hall was chosen as the site of the landmark lighting as it serves as the extension of the City Hall and is one of the culturally-historic sites for Fernandinos, along with the Old Train Station and the Downtown.
Five other LGUs in Central Luzon participated in the activity namely Baler in Aurora; Science City of Munoz in Nueva Ecija; Mayantoc in Tarlac; Angeles City; and Iba in Zambales. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)