By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Dumaguete City government has celebrated the 100th years of the Manuel L. Quezon Park on September 17 with its keynote speaker Manuel “Manolo” L. Quezon III, the grandson of late President of the Philippines Manuel Luis Quezon Y Molina.
Quezon Park, the historical landmark of Dumaguete, was named after President Quezon who came here 100 years ago to escape from possible capture during World War II en route to Mindanao.
A writer and national TV host, Manolo related the historical background back in 1916 before his grandfather Quezon became president and later in 1935 as the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth established under U.S. tutelage.
Manolo said his grandfather played a major role in obtaining US Congress’ passage in 1916 of the Jone Law, which pledged independence for the Philippines.
For his part, City Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo pledged to continue to preserve and make Dumaguete not just Negros Oriental’s gateway to tourism but also the heritage destination with Quezon Park as top historical landmark in the city.
Remollo is set to repair and beautify the park to make it more historic.
He said the park is special to the people of Dumaguete as a place where activities are held including agri-trade fairs, beauty contests, game competitions, cultural and political shows, among others.
However, the park has no bust nor a statue of Quezon, to which the mayor apologized to Manolo.
Remollo promised to raise funds for the creation of a life-sized statue of Quezon.
Remollo also committed to restore and preserve city hall as one of the historical landmarks and make it a regional museum, that if the current city hall will be transferred to Barangay Bajumpandan before his term ends. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Sept. 22, 2016)