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Balikbayan Night fetes Zamboangueños in PRRD cabinet


Ten (10) Zamboangueños occupying Cabinet positions in the Duterte administration were honored and feted during the Balik Zamboanga Night, a celebration of songs, dances and rekindled friendship held Wednesday at Centro Latino highlighting Day 10 of the Hermosa Festival.

Mayor Beng Climaco led the presentation of certificates of recognition to the 10 Zamboanguenos including the all- Zamboangueno basketball team, Valientes which is making waves in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, for the distinction, honor and pride that they bring to the city of Zamboanga.

Mayor Climaco welcomed and thanked the Zambongueno expats for continually showing their love and devotion to Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar as well as love for Zamboanga City, their native land.

“This is just one way of thanking our balikbayans for always putting Zamboanga in their hearts as they would always come home during the fiesta. I thank them for always supporting our call to ask more people to visit our city,” the mayor said.

Feted were Rolando Macasat, appointed chairperson of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS); Atty. Emilio Aquino chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Michael Regiono, Commissioner, Social Security System (SSS); H.E. Leehiong Wee, Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia; H.E. Abdulmaid Kiram Muin, Philippine Ambassador to Timor Leste; Atty. Manuelito Luna, Commissioner, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC); Antonio Kho Jr., Commissioner, Commission on Elections (COMELEC); Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Myra Paz Valderrosa Abubakar, Regional Director, Department of Tourism (DOT) and Antonio Fernandez Blanco, former DOT Regional Director.

All the 10 Zamboanguenos were appointed to different positions during the term of President Duterte.

On the other hand, Zamboanga Valientes is making waves in the MPBL, a regional, semi-professional basketball league. The team is owned by notable Zamboanguenos and supported by the Family Brand Sardines.

The Balik Zamboanga Night is a mainstay in the Zamboanga Hermosa calendar and was initiated by Mayor Climaco when she was still in the House of Representatives.  (Sheila Covarrubias)

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