Fresh from her official trip, Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna buckled down to work as she personally led yesterday’s unveiling of the newly-refurbished portraits of Manila mayors, the launching of coffee table book and the grand opening of the Manila City Hall Clock Tower Museum to the general public.
“Pasisinayaan natin ang inayos na Bulwagang Rodriguez kung saan natatampok ang mga ginuhit na larawan ng mga naging Punong Lungsod ng Maynila. Sila, na mga nagsilbing matitibay na haligi na nagtaguyod sa ating lungsod sa nakalipas na 451 taon ng pagkakatatag ng pangunahing lungsod at kapitolyo ng bansa. Ang bawat larawan ay may kalakip na salaysay na nagpapakilala sa mga mahahalagang legasiya ng ating mga nagdaang Alkalde, mga bagay na dapat nating alalahanin at bigyan ng pagpapahalaga,” Lacuna said in her speech.
“Anuman tayo ngayon ay bunga ng paano nila tayo pinamunuan noon. Sadyang nakatataba ng puso na bilang kasalukuyang punong lungsod ay maisasama na rin ang aking larawan sa kanilang hanay. Buong kababaang loob akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng kapwa nating Manilenyo na nagtiwala at nagbigay sa atin ng karangalang ito. At sa wakas, may larawan na rin ng isang babae ang maitatanghal sa bulwagang ito. Sa bawat sandali naman na makikita kong nakasabit ang larawan ko, malaking hamon ang aking pinagsisikapang harapin at ramdam ko ang lawak ng aking gampanin. Nagsisilbi itong inspirasyon upang pagbutihin pa natin ang pagtupad sa ating tungkulin,” she added.
In the same breadth, Vice Mayor Yul Servo also expressed pride to be the working partner of the first lady mayor of Manila, citing how she convincingly won the hearts of Manilans in the last elections. Lacuna made history by having posted the widest margins over her opponents in the May polls.
A coffee table book, titled: “Portraits of the Mayors of Manila, “A Book of Honor and Service” was also launched as a form of gratitude to Manila’s past leaders, featuring pictures and details of how they ran their government, dealt with Manilans and delivered services.
Department of Tourism chief Charlie Dungo said the event is “a manifestation of how our mayor values gratitude and how it can also be a vehicle to pursue the artistic talents of the Manileños.”
“Our department is in debt to our local chief executive as these were all her ideas that we laboriously worked on as we took advantage of her love for the arts. Seldom do we find leaders who, aside from competently addressing the needs of the constituents, would also be concerned to the pursuance of our well-being. Culture and the arts are valuable to our character and aspirations, so much so that it should also be given ample attention by our government,” said Dungo.
“Sadyang mahalaga ang pagkakaroon ng mga museo at galleria upang buhayin ang ating kamalayan sa kasaysayan, kaganapan, at mga kuwento ng nakaraan. Ito ay nagsisilbing tulay natin sa nakalipas at batayan natin sa kung saan natin dadalhin ang kasalukuyan patungo sa darating na panahon.,” Lacuna added.
The museum will be the city’s own center of arts and repository of artifacts to bring back the memories of the 451 years of Manila’s city’s rich culture and history, according to Lacuna.
The event was held as the city government joins the nation’s celebration of the Museum and Galleries Month. Present were key city officials headed by City Administrator Bernie Ang as well as Lacuna’s family led by her husband Dr. Arnold Pangan, her parents Inday and former Vice Mayor Danny Lacuna and siblings led by Councilors Philip and Lei Lacuna.