Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


The annual commemoration of Volunteer’s Day was successfully held on November 24, 2008 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC), Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ).

Senator Richard Gordon graced the ceremonies as the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Also present were Olongapo City Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr., Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Armand Arreza, Vice Mayor Cynthia Cajudo, other Olongapo City officials and guests from other parts of the country.

Former Subic Bay Volunteers from the different sectors of society joined the commemoration to relive the hardships and triumphs of the volunteers after the pull-out of the U.S. Military Base in 1992.

To start the commemoration, a parade was held from the Olongapo City Mall where participants, which include teachers and students from Department of Education (DepEd), Sanguniang Kabataan Federation, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Senior Citizens, Balikatan Ladies and UBSP-Sugpo-Sampol, assembled.

The parade proceeded to the SBECC for a program where different musical numbers, including those by the widely-applauded Bonggo Band of Mayor Gordon, BB. Olongapo Claudett delos Reyes and SK Federation Pres. Cheene Hoya, were presented.

After the performances, Senator Gordon delivered his keynote message where he recalled the struggles the Subic Bay Volunteers underwent to make SBFZ a bustling industrial hub of Asia.

“We’ve faced hardships and struggles pero dahil sa ating pagtutulungan, we made it through. That day, on November 24th, was the first time that the Philippine flag, the biggest flag that we made here, ay ang tanging bandila na nakawagayway without any other foreign flag,” said Senator Gordon.
After the program, the participants proceeded to the Volunteers’ shrine for a flower offering. The shrine is home to the statue of the ‘Children of the Sun Returning’.

“Ang bawat taong nag-volunteer, lalaki, babae, pati na ang mga anak ninyo, mga mukha ninyo ang nandyan dahil kayo ang naghirap upang maging maganda ang Subic Bay Freeport Zone! Kayo lang ang may ganyan sa buong bansa” said Senator Gordon.

Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. with City Councilors Ellen Dabu, Elmo Aquino and Nathan Manalo at the head of the parade in the commemoration of the 16th Volunteers Day on November 24, 2008.


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