2020 will mark Iloilo City’s 83rd Charter Day.
This year’s theme: “Ilonggos at the Forefront of the New Normal”.
This year will mark Iloilo City’s 83rd Charter Day with a theme: “Ilonggos at the Forefront of the New Normal”.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas will lead the celebration in recognition of the unified effort by the Ilonggos in battling the Coronavirus disease.
The culmination program on August 25 will have ‘Pasidungog’ as a highlight to honor the frontliners and donors who risk lives and offered help in the fight against the virus.
Iloilo City Tourism and Development Office Head Junel Ann Divinagracia shared that civic groups and the different departments of the city government have proposed activities aimed on strengthening the local economy.
“This year’s Charter Day logo shows the rising sun and seal of the City of Iloilo to symbolize the recovery from the pandemic. The rising seal is supported by ribbons to symbolize the support of every Ilonggo towards attainment of a safe and strong community. The stars signify that the city has achieved its goals and [that] it has done it excellently, explained by an excerpt from the social media post of the Iloilo City Government.
It may be recalled that decades ago or in August 25, 1937, Iloilo City was inaugurated.
The ‘Iloilo Charter Day’ came to be when Iloilo received its charter during the American Commonwealth Government in the Philippines. The momentous event was celebrated with a parade that commenced from Casa Real or the Iloilo Provincial Capitol up to the newly constructed Iloilo City Hall of that time.
The parade route was from Bonifacio Drive passing through Iznart St., then J.M. Basa St. up to Plaza Libertad, and then through Rizal St, Mabini St., and finally ending in front of the then Iloilo City Hall (now UP Visayas, Iloilo City Campus).
The parade also has four divisions. The first division having lead flags, American and Filipino colors, followed by the Grand Marshall, band, military, police, veterans, and the media.
The grandiose activities in the 1937 inauguration comprised of a diana de las bandas de Musica – a showcase of musical bands; salvas de Morteretes – salvo of cannons, games and sports at the city hall; serenades; and fuego artificiales – fireworks display, and, of course, sumptuous food with a lechon at the event.
The Provincial Governor who graced the event during the time was Gov. Timoteo Consing – together with other high officials, including Mayor Ramon J. Campos, who was the then the mayor.
A feast was also organized to honor then Vice President Sergio Osmeña and Secretary of Interiors Elpidio Quirino. Sergio Osmeña later served as the country’s Fourth President while Elpidio Quirino became the Sixth President of the Philippines.
*Some portions of this write-up was referenced from the article: “Iloilo City Charter Day: What Happened in 1937” by former Iloilo City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena as published in Panay News.