CEBU CITY, Philippines – Thousands of Cebuanos join the Osmeña Family in commemorating the 101st Birth Anniversary of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. this Monday morning December 4 in his brass statue at Plaza Sugbo fronting Cebu City Hall.

Members of the Osmeña Family, Cebu City Government Officials and employees, officials and representatives from different government agencies, civic organizations and barangay officials and workers and various supporters attended the Holy Mass which kicked off the celebration.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmeña together with other members of the Osmeña Family led everyone in the Floral Offering at the monument of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. right after the Mass. It was followed by other Cebu City Officials and the general public.

Secretary Adelino B. Sitoy of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) shared the history and highlighted the astonishing accomplishments of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. who also served as Cebu Provincial Governor, Congressman and Cebu City Mayor.

His contribution included the establishment of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, the first Cebu-Mactan Bridge, and the Cebu North Reclamation Area project, among others which helped improve the economy of Cebu.

Meanwhile, the celebrant commonly known as “Serging Osmeña” (December 4, 1916 – March 26, 1984), is the son of Sergio Osmeña, the Fourth President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In 1951, Serging was elected as a Provincial Governor of Cebu and Mayor of Cebu City for three terms in 1955, 1959 and 1963. He was also elected as representative for the second district of Cebu in 1958 and was recognized as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Congressmen of 1959 by the Congressional Press Club.

The Cebuano great leader was married to Lourdes de la Rama of Negros Occidental with whom he had five children namely, former Senator Sergio Osmeña III; María Victoria Osmeña; Esteban Osmeña; Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña; and Georgia Osmeña.

The activity was spearheaded by the Cultural and Historical Affairs Office (CHAO). A good weather also joined in the celebration. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)