NAGA CITY’S 65TH CHARTER ANNIVERSARY: Highest mayoral award for Felipe
By Jason B. Neola
NAGA CITY — Leon SA Aureus, the first mayor of the city after it earned its own charter in 1948 and founder-publisher of Bicol Mail, was a guerrilla officer during World War II.
Aureus was the executive officer of the armed resistance against the Japanese known as the TancongVaca Guerilla Unit. His group, along with other armed guerillas liberated Naga City from the Japanese for a few days, historical records show.
After the war, Aureus was appointed by Pres. ElpidioQuirino as Naga’s chief executive following the approval in June18, 1948 of Republic Act 305, which declared Naga as an independent component city of Camarines Sur. He won in the mayoralty race in 1951.
His memory will be honored during the conferment of this year’s Mayoral Awards, one of the highlight activities of the 65th Charter Anniversary of Naga.
Through Executive Order 2013-003, the city has named the second highest award to be conferred during this year’s ceremonies after the late Aureus. The award singles out citizens of this city who have made noteworthy feats.
To highlight this, the city’s officialdom has invited the heirs and relatives of the late mayor to the rites slated Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Avenue Square Convention Plaza here. Relatives of the late Juan Q. Miranda, a major during the war against the Japanese who later became congressman and authored the law which gave birth to Naga as a chartered city, have also been invited to grace the event.
The highest award the city can offer to outstanding Nagueño has been named after Miranda. Former City Mayor and House Minority Leader and Comelec Chairman Ramon H. Felipe will receive this year’s highest award for public service.
An annual event honoring citizens of Naga who exemplify the city’s quest for excellence, the Search for Naga City Mayoral Awards 2013 is open to native Nagueños or to migrant Filipino citizens who have resided in Naga City for at least five years and those who were born in this city although now residing in other places.
Businessman Jeremie Janssen S. Lo, Rev. Fr, Stanislaus Chin, the New China Restaurant and the Rotary Club of Naga are recipients of the Leon SA Aureus Award.
Daniel Philip Villaranda Dy, one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in 2012, is the lone recipient of the Jesse M. Robredo Youth Award.
To receive mayoral recognition are Judge Maria Christine Imperial Bernarte, who was earlier awarded for judicial excellence by the Supreme Court; Dr. Christine Marie Nidea Chia, Mr. Lance Christopher P. Lelis, and Ms. Shaira Gabrielle Eleazar Guevarra for excellence in their chosen fields.
A formal affair with male attendees required to wear Barong or coat and tie and ladies in Filipiniana or similar formal wear, the ceremonies will start at 6:00 pm on June 18, this year.
City Mayor John Bongat said that the ceremonies will honor the men and women of Naga City who through their efforts and passion for service, dedication to work and excellence in his chosen field of endeavor have also brought honor to the city.