Mayor Osmeña to the Youth : Make Don Sergio your inspiration
CEBU CITY, Philippines - Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña urged the youth to follow the good deeds and be inspired by the astonishing accomplishments at a young age of former President Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. during the 138th birth anniversary of the late president Friday morning September 9, 2016 at the President Osmeña Memorial Marker along corner Osmeña Boulevard and Lapu-Lapu Street, in Barangay Santo Niño this city.
Mayor Osmeña emphasized that at a very young age Don Sergio has numerous achievements who became a governor of Cebu at the age of 27 citing that he is not the Grand Old Man of Cebu but rather the Grand Young Man of Cebu which is an inspiration especially to the youth just like Jose Rizal, Gregorio Del Pilar and Ninoy Aquino who were not even old at all.
The mayor further recalled that his grandfather also became the youngest member of the first Congress at the age of 29 and at his 30s became a Senator and Vice President before serving as the 2nd and last President of the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines and the 4th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
He underscored that, “We should give the opportunity to inspire the younger people that it is not true that you have to be a lolo to be a leader.”
In behalf of the Osmeña Family, Rogelio Osmeña Jr., the great grandson of Don Sergio, thanked all who joined in the celebration especially
the Cebu City Government for honoring the legacy and memory of the former Philippine President.
Rogelio stressed that like Don Sergio people should not despair in their struggles but should take it as a test of character, an opportunity to grow and help others who are in more dire circumstances, citing that as we celebrate Don Sergio’s 138th birthday we can’t all be old, we can’t all be man but we have it in us to be grand.
For Father Raul Cabugao who officiated the Eucharistic celebration prior to the short program, he highlighted in his homily that Don Sergio model to everyone what true public service is.
Rosalina Osmeña-Valencia, the only living daughter of Don Sergio led everyone in the ceremonial floral offering which highlighted the short program.
Thousands of Cebuanos coming from the different walks of life such as the city government officials and employees, representatives from various offices and agencies, youth leaders, barangay workers, uniformed personnel from the military and police, socio-civic groups, members of the local media, and ordinary people, among several others partook in the birth commemoration of a great Cebuano who became the President of the country.
Moreover, the celebration was also felt by many Cebuanos as September 9 is declared a special non-working holiday in the entire Cebu Province and its component cities annually by virtue of Republic Act 6953 in honor of late Philippine President. A good weather also joined in the celebration. (Cebu City Public Information Office/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)