February 24 2013 Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City will be marking its 76th annual charter day this February 24. The day, which falls on a Sunday, is a special nonworking holiday in the so-called Queen City of the South by virtue of Republic Act 7257. RA 7257 was enacted during the time of then-President Corazon Aquino. Read the full text of RA 7257 here.

The charter of Cebu City is also known as Commonwealth Act No. 58 (click here to read it). CA No. 58 was approved October 20, 1936 while the city’s formal inauguration happened February 24, 1937 (hence, the selected date for the festivities).

According to a brief history posted in the website of the Cebu City government, then-Interior Secretary Elpidio Quirino represented President Manuel L. Quezon during the event. Quirino himself became president from 1948 to 1953.

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The City Hall of Cebu City (photo by Mark Madrona)

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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