August 26, 2009 at 9:00pm, a group from the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission arrived at my house to get the materials of the "Tribute to Cory Aquino" stamp and photo exhibit. My house is just an 8 minute ride to the mall so in a few minutes, we were all busy setting up and mounting the exhibit materials. By 11:30pm, we were all done.
Exhibit opening day - August 27, 2009, we were adding some finishing touches. The opening program which the Cebu City Government through the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission painstakingly organized was scheduled to start at 5:00pm. I have to take my hat off to CHAC for a job well done in the preparation of the program. They have come up with a 3 day cultural presentation starting from August 27 to 29.
At exactly 5:00pm, the program began. My friend Romualdo "Algen" Generalao was tasked to be the master of ceremony and he sure lived up to everyone's expectation. The Pardo Children's Rondalla treated everyone to a repertoire of songs. The Abellana Dance Troupe presented a variety of cultural dances that awed and captivated the crowd, me included.
Cebu City Councilor Arsenio Pacaña gave his welcome remarks while Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña inspired us with his speech.
Soon after, we went to the second level to formally open the exhibit. Councilor Manuel Legaspi, my colleague in the Cebu Jaycees (JCI Cebu) who is a past president led the ribbon cutting ceremony together with CHAC Commissioner Osman Jumalon. Cebuano historian and CHAC Commissioner Dionisio Sy and yours truly assisted them. Wow! I am glad that everything went well and was more than I expected. It was indeed a blast!
The "Selyo At Kasaysayan 2009... A Tribute to Cory Aquino" would never have been a success without the support of Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Stamp Club Incorporated members and officers, CHAC, Himlayang Pilipino Plans Inc., STRADCOM, Cebu Star Wars Club, Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo of the Province of Camiguin, Emie Patalagsa, Atty. Maria Lynna P. Adviento, Ricardo Teves, Edwin Al Cuizon, Richard Beethoven Uy, Edwin Uy, Reina Tugot, Jerald Kervin Uy, Charles Mark Uybengkee, and Eyan Yu.
This exhibit will be in selected schools here in Cebu and will culminate in SM City Cebu in December to coincide with the death anniversary celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal.