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441st ‘Araw ng Maynila’ celebration

Manila, Philippines – THE City of Manila is celebrating its 441st “Araw ng Maynila“ (Manila Day) today, June 24, 2012, a spe cial non-working day in the city. It is an occasion to recall Manila’s rich, colorful history, and remember heroes, officials, and individuals who contributed to its growth and progress. The Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, also the country’s first Governor-General, founded the city on June 24, 1571.

The city government has prepared several activities for the celebration, the highlight of which is the awarding of “Ten Outstanding Manilans,“ to recognize their exemplary achievements in various fields. This year’s awardees are: Cristina P. Paterno, Heritage Conservation; William M. Esposo, Social Responsibility in Print Media; Alfred V. Ty, Real Estate Development; Enrique Y. Yap Jr., Hotel Management and Tourism; Geronimo B. de los Reyes, Guardian of Historical Records and Archives; Lucio L. Co, Trade and Wholesale; Neal H. Cruz, Public Service in Print Media; Henry T. Sy Jr., Business Development; Helen Yuchengco-Dee, Banking and Finance; and Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., Public Service (posthumous). The “Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan“ honors Filipino artists. Other activities are a contest for the cleanest barangays, free entrance to tourist spots, medical and dental missions, thanksgiving Mass, a job fair, art and photo exhibits, a sports festival, a fun run, and a symposium.

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, got its name from the “nilad,“ a flowering mangrove used for soapmaking that grew on the marshy shores of the bay. The Spaniards set up “Intramuros“ (Walled City), later called “Ciudad del Feliz Romero“ (City of Happy Travellers). The American regime referred to it as “City of Festivals“ due to the numerous fiestas such as Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Santo Nino in Tondo, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Malate, and Birhen de Loreto in Sampaloc.

Manila is home to Malacañang, the seat of government power in the Philippines. Also in the city are historical churches and buildings, big colleges and universities, main offices of government agencies, private corporations, giant malls, and popular tourist destinations. It has 16 districts ­ Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, San Andres Bukid, Santa Ana, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa, Quiapo, Sampaloc, and Tondo ­ peopled by 12 million residents.

We congratulate the City of Manila, headed by His Honor Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and Vice Mayor Francisco M. Domagoso, District I Representative Benjamin D.R. Asilo, District II Representative Carlo V. Lopez, District III Representative Ma. Zenaida B. Angping, District VI Representative Rosenda Ann M. Ocampo, Liga ng mga Barangay President Salvador H. Lacuna, and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Eunice Ann Denice G. Castro, Distrcit I Councilors Ernesto M. Dionisio Jr., Erich Ian O. Nieva, Moises T. Lim, Dennis B. Alcoriza, Niño M. Dela Cruz, and Irma C. Alfonso-Juson, District II Councilors Marlon M. Lacson, Edward M. Tan, Ruben F. Buenaventura, Numero G. Lim, Ramon M. Robles, and Rodolfo N. Lacsamana. District III Councilors Ma. Asuncion F. Fugoso, John Marvin C. Nieto, Ernesto C. Isip Jr., Bernardito C. Ang, Joel R.
Chua, and Ramon D. Morales, District IV Councilors Don Juan A. Bagatsing, Ma. Sheilah H. Lacuna-Pangan, Edward V.P. Maceda, Jocelyn J. Quintos, Louisito N. Chua, and Eduardo V. Quintos XVI, District V Councilors Josefina M. Siscar, Raymundo R. Yupangco, Cristina A. Isip, Richard C. Ibay, Roberto R. Ortega Jr., and Rafael P. Borromeo, District VI Councilors Luciano M. Veloso, Danilo Victor H. Lacuna Jr., Elizabeth Z. Rivera, Casimiro C. Sison, Luis C. Uy, and Jocelyn B. Dawis-Asuncion, Officials, Employees, and Residents on the occasion of the 441st Araw ng Maynila. The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Officers, wish them the best and success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS!

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