Secretary Salvador Panelo will be the guest of honor and speaker at the 83rd Charter Day celebration of Bacolod City on Friday, June 18.
In inviting Panelo, the chief legal counsel of President Rodrigo Duterte, as guest of honor at this important occasion of the city, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, “We are happy that even at this time of the pandemic, Secretary Panelo graciously accepted our invitation to come to Bacolod and celebrate our Charter Day with us. He is an important link in keeping our communication lines with the national government open during these difficult times.”
This will not be Panelo’s first time in Bacolod. He had graced the MassKara Festival in October 2019.
Meanwhile, this is now the third year that Bacolod is celebrating its Charter Day on June 18, after it had celebrated the occasion every October 19 in the past 80 years.
Bacolod held its first June 18 Charter Day anniversary celebration in 2019, after Duterte signed Republic Act 11146, or the new “Bacolod City Charter Day Act,” which also declared June 18 of every year as a non-working holiday in the city.
The Charter Day celebration is one of the major activities of the “Mga Adlaw Sang Paghanduraw,” the city’s annual commemoration of history, art and culture, from June 12 to 20 as provided in City Ordinance No. 616.
The ceremonies this Friday, which will be held at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby, will begin with a mass at 1:30 p.m.
A video tribute entitled “Bacolod City: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” will also be shown at the program.
Other Charter Day activities will include photo exhibits at various locations in the city./WDJ