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Cebu City celebrates 77th Charter Anniversary!

(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) Bearing the theme, "Continuing Public Service Above Self," the Queen City of the South will be celebrating its 77th Charter Anniversary this year. 

Looking back, it was on February 24, 1937, when the City of Cebu was born by virtue of Commonwealth Act No.58 through the initiative of Don Vicente Rama, the father of Cebu City Charter.

The then municipality of Cebu who was under the Cebu Provincial Government became an independent Chartered City known as "Cebu City" which was inaugurated as the third city of the Philippines, after Manila in 1571 and Baguio in 1909.

This year, the City of Cebu now headed by Mayor Michael L Rama will be turning 77 on February 24 Monday but series of activities are lined-up for the celebration. This include the "Sending of Love Notes" for the Valentine's Day which kicked off the celebration. Love notes can be posted in the dedicated bulletin boards while booths for picture-taking can be availed for free at the lobby of Legislative Building in Cebu City Hall the whole day today February 14, Friday.

Tomorrow, February 15 Saturday will be the Family Day for the thouands of Cebu City Government employees which will be held at the Senior Citizen's Park. The activity will start with a Holy Mass at 7am which will be followed by the program proper with series of exciting raffle prizes and gimmickries.

An Inter-Department Services Showcase will be conducted at the SM City Cebu on February 17-18 which will be open for free to everyone. The annual Don Vicente Rama Memorial Lecture will be held in the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) in Barangay Lahug this city on February 19. 

The Agro-Fair is set on February 19-21 at the Plaza Sugbu, while a Quiz Bowl is scheduled on February 20. The Cebu City Supershow will also be happening at the Plaza Sugbu on February 21.

On February 22 will be the awarding of Outstanding Cebu City Government Employees, and a Fun Run is set on the following day February 23. 

The big day, February 24 will be filled with series of annual activities such as the Holy Mass and Flag-raising Ceremony at the Plaza Sugbu, Floral Offering to Don Vicente Rama bust monument at the Fire Department premises along N. Bacalso Avenue this city. A Testimonial Dinner and the Awarding of the Outstanding Individuals and Institutions will wrap-up the big day which will be held at the Marco Polo Hotel. 

Furthermore, the Awarding Ceremony for The Outstanding Cebu City Youth Leaders or TOCCYL is scheduled on February 28 which will be the last activity for the 77th Cebu City Charter day celebration. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)