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Don Vicente Rama, the Father of Cebu City, is honored by Cebuanos.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – On Monday, the Cebu City government paid tribute to the late senator Don Vicente Rama for his efforts in transforming the then Municipality of Cebu into a chartered city during the Philippine Commonwealth.

The Museo Sugbo opened an exhibit of Don Vicente’s artifacts in Cebu City Hall to honor Don Vicente’s role in the transformation of this historic town into the capital city of the Province of Cebu that it is today.

Mayor Michael Rama spoke about how his grandpa, Don Vicente, championed the city’s charter in 1937, with the late President Manuel L Quezon personally approaching the National Assembly to persuade assemblymen to support the Cebu City Charter.

“As we celebrate our 85th charter anniversary this week, we’ll unveil the blueprint for our recovery that we’ve been working on over the past few weeks. It is the product of bright minds among our engaged residents who enthusiastically choose to collaborate with us in government, through a series of debates online and at the city hall in what we refer to as the convergence,” Rama stated during a news conference after the launch of the exhibit.

The exhibit of Don Vicente’s newspaper clippings and documents is being prepared for the charter anniversary on February 24, according to Maria Cecilia CabaΓ±es, curator of Museo Sugbo.

She explained that the event’s theme is “Dakbayan: Ang Kabilin ni Vicente Rama sa Sugbo” (City: Vicente Rama’s Legacy in Cebu), as it highlights his work, which included several drafts of the proposed Cebu City Charter in English, Spanish, and Cebuano, which led to the passage of Commonwealth Act No. 58.

The exhibit included supporting documentation such as statements from the Departments of the Interior and Local Government and Finance on the predicted income and expenses after the capital was transformed into a city.

A copy of Resolution No. 185, which calls for the chartering of Cebu and an increase in the future city’s portion of internal tax collection, is also on display.

The show also contained images of major occasions such as Quezon’s signing of the Cebu City Charter and the Commonwealth government’s inauguration.

Rama reminded his supporters to remember how his grandpa fought for the approval of the city charter, which he described as a sign of a true Cebuano who fights for the betterment of the island.

He quoted great philosopher Jorge Santayana when he said, “Those who cannot remember the past will always have the sorrow of being condemned.”

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