The Iloilo City government decided to tone down the celebration of the 82nd Charter Day. According to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treňas, the series of events that transpired prior the Iloilo Charter Day led to the toned down celebration. It can be recalled that Iloilo City was declared in a state of calamity following increase in dengue cases. A few weeks later, three motorboats capsized in the Iloilo Guimaras Strait, which totaled to 31 deaths.
In an article by the Philippine News Agency, as of date, the city government is still looking after dengue patients whilst the entire city is mourning the sea mishap that happened earlier this August. According to Treňas, it would be inappropriate for the city to celebrate while some are still mourning.
“We will have some celebration but it will be toned down. I hope you understand. It is not because we do not want to celebrate the Charter Day; it is because we want to sympathize,” says the Iloilo City Mayor.
For this year’s Iloilo Charter Day, a grand job fair was held last August 21. The job fair was headed by the Public Employment Service Office and participated by 24 local companies and 9 international placement agencies, of which 33 applicants were hired on the spot.
During the Iloilo Charter Day, August 25th, a mass was held followed by a program at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand. In the afternoon, a ‘Laro ng Lahi’ was held at Plaza Libertad and a ‘Fuegos Artificiales’ fire display in the evening.
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 the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, now Casa Real, to the newly constructed Iloilo City Hall of that time. The route was from Bonifacio Drive through Iznart St and JM Basa St., to Plaza Libertad, through Rizal St, Mabini St., and finally ending in front of the then Iloilo City Hall. Read more: What is Iloilo Charter Day?