Exhibit, agro fair kick off affair

Posted on August 1, 2011

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Celebrating Cebu’s history through its “Women Trailblazers” and an agro-fair were two of the highlights during yesterday’s opening ceremony of the 442nd Founding Anniversary of the province.

Local officials led by Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale graced the opening of the month-long province celebration.

Garcia in her speech described as “sailing with and against the wind” her journey as governor of Cebu.

“I’ve been sailing against the wind and yet seven years later… leading all other provinces in income, economy and growth and more so where Philippine history began,” she said.

She reiterated the province’s achievements she mentioned during her State of the Province Address (Sopa) last July 15.

“What seems to be impossible has now been achieved,” she said.

She also mentioned one of the province’s biggest challenges was when three graduating congressmen proposed “Sugbuak” or the division of Cebu Province into three provinces.

But despite that, Cebu’s strong opposition did not allow it to happen.

An exhibit of Women Trailblazers inside the Capitol building showcased Cebuanas of past and the present who have excelled in the field of health, education, business, and other advocacies and programs.

Garcia said this might be the reason why in the history of Cebu, the Sto. Niño’s image was given to Queen Juana instead of King Jumabon.

Vice Governor Magpale, for her part, said that Garcia was the one of those who sparked the drive of progress for the province.

The opening began with an honor review given to Gov. Garcia by the members of the 7th Regional Community Defense Group (7RCDG) led by Colonel Raymundo Banares.

Garcia is the present battalion commander of the 1st Cebu Ready Reserve Battalion (1CRRB).

Other highlights of the opening were the planting of the molave tree at the left portion of the Capitol grounds.

Garcia said that the tree symbolizes the “enduring character of Cebu and to affirm our conviction that Cebu will continue to be the no 1 province in the entire country. /Correspondent Carmel Loise
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