- Greggy P. Senados
Remembering Serging’s 100th Birthday
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Thousands of Cebuanos join the Osmeña Family in celebrating the 100th Birth Anniversary of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. on December 4, 2016 Sunday.
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 at the Osmeña Mausoleum in Doña Pepang Cemetery which kicked off the celebration.
The city government here thru its Cultural and Historical Affairs Office (CHAO) hold the Eucharistic Celebration for the former Senator "Serging" Osmeña Jr. It was officiated by Father Raul Cabugao who in his homily highlighted that Serging model to everyone what true public service is.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmeña and wife Councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña led everyone in the Floral Offering at the tomb of former Senator "Serging" Osmeña Jr. right after the Mass. It was followed by other members of the Osmeña Family and other Cebu City Officials, and the general public which was accompanied by PRO-7 Band and assisted by members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines here.
In his message, Mayor Osmeña pointed out that his father was a visionary leader who looks ahead so that when problems come, the solution is already there. He said he learned from his father that in governing a city or a town, the leader must think for its progress and seek possible solutions for problems that may come along the way, citing that one must look for progress, the real need of the city and start with the solution.
For his part, former Senator Sergio Osmeña III highlighted the astonishing accomplishments of his father who served as Cebu Provincial Governor and Cebu City Mayor. He enthuses the efforts of his father in the establishment of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, the first Cebu-Mactan Bridge, the North Reclamation Area project, among others which helped improve the economy of Cebu.
As part 2 of the celebration, for the first time around the city thru the CHAO hold a week-long Exhibit dubbed as "#Serging100" which is open to the public for free at the Cebu City Hall lobby. It will last until December 9. The public can take pictures but are reminded not to touch by their hands the different memorabilia, stuffs and photos of the former Philippine Senator featured in the exhibit.
Everyone also enjoyed a Cebuano breakfast served after the activities. The Osmeña Family shouldered the expenses of the celebration.
Meanwhile, commonly known as “Serging Osmeña” (December 4, 1916 – March 26, 1984), he served as a Senator of the Philippines, and 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. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)