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Friday, February 22, 2008

Gapo Remembers Gordon, Sr.

Olongapo City commemorated the 41st death anniversary of James L. Gordon, Sr., the acknowledged Father of Olongapo, last February 20, 2008 at the City Convention Center (OCCC).

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr., Senator Richard Gordon and relatives led the commemorative program in honor of James L. Gordon, Sr. who died 41 years ago at the hands of an assassin.

City Councilor John Carlos Gordon delos Reyes opened the program, followed by a special presentation entitled “Olongapo Transformation” staged by the James L. Gordon, Sr. Foundation. Eddie Mesa, a popular singer, rendered his version of “The Impossible Dream.”

In his message, Mayor Gordon declared his aspirations to continue his father’s advocacy to advance the welfare of the Olongapeños. “I know I’ll pale in comparison to him but I’m trying to accomplish and do the things he would have wanted me to do as steward of the community for which he died for,” Mayor Gordon said.

Senator Richard Gordon also expressed emotional memories about their late father. Senator Gordon also served as mayor of Olongapo. He led some 8, 000 volunteers in 1992 to build the former US Naval Base into what is known today as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ).

Olongapo City First Lady and Zambales Vice Governor Anne Marie Gordon, Vice Mayor Cynthia Cajudo, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Armand Arreza, Barbara Gordon delos Reyes, city councilors, city department heads and some other personalities graced the program.

Meanwhile, the program also highlighted the presentation of the winning entries in the contests spearheaded by the Department Education (DepEd) vis-à-vis James L. Gordon, Sr.’s 41st Death Anniversary and Martyrdom. The contests held were poetry, declamation and Madulang Sabayang Pagbigkas.

Marjorie de Leon of Kalalake Elementary School recited a poem entitled “Olongapo: Fighting for Excellence” while Gerald Jay Derain of Olongapo City National High School performed a declamation entitled “Gordon: A Hero’s Legacy, A Fight for Excellence.” Students of Kalalake High School also presented their winning piece in the Madulang Sabayang Pagbigkas contest.

James L. Gordon, Sr. is considered as the Father of Olongapo because of his valuable contributions to the city. He worked hard for the cityhood of Olongapo, which was realized on June 1, 1966.

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