Mandaluyong marks 65th Liberation Day and 16th Cityhood Anniversary on Feb. 9

All is set for  the twin celebration of  Mandaluyong City’s  65th Liberation Day and 16th Cityhood Anniversary on February 9, 2010.

Twelve days of activities have been lined-up to highlight the event beginning with the inaugural blessing of a multi purpose building in Barangay Addition Hills and the launching of “Cine Barangay” featuring the film “Lola” by award winning director and Mandaluyong resident, Brillante Mendoza on Feb.1.

Local and overseas employment also await jobseekers with the “Mega Jobs Fair” to be held on Feb-2 at the Mandaluyong City Gymnasium, along with the mobile service of processing passports solely for Mandaluyong residents. 

City employees will showcase their wits and talents on Day 3 with the annual “Pabonggahan” , to be followed by the “Mandalu-Young” Kabataan Kontra Droga 2nd Annual Rap Contest.

Other activities include the blessing of various infrastructure projects such as covered courts in Barangay Namayan, inauguration of Saniboy Multi Purpose Hall in Barangay Hulo and drainage and alley improvement in Block 37 and 38, and the renovation and rehabilitation of Health Center and Day Care Center in Barangay Addition Hills.

A total of 25 candidates will also vie for  “Miss Mandaluyong” title on Feb.6 during the coronation night to be held at the City Gymnasium.

Meanwhile,  the city government will also tender a recognition night for “Top 10 Taxpayers” and the “Ulirang Mandaleno” awardees on Feb.7  in Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club.

On Feb.8, Mayor Benhur  Abalos will deliver his State of the City Address (SOCA) to update Mandaluyong residents of the continuing developments and achievements of the city. Guests including businessmen and the city’s luminaries have been invited to witness this historic affair.

On Feb.9, Abalos will lead city and barangay officials, employees, teachers and students, church leaders, private and business sectors, non governmental organizations and barangay residents in the traditional Liberation Day Parade and commemorative program.

It was on February 9, 1945 that liberation forces finally ended the town’s occupation by the Japanese forces. Exactly 49 years later, by dint of Republic Act 7675, which was signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos, the humble forestal municipality metamorphosed into a city, which was then under the leadership of Mayor Benjamin Abalos, Sr. Mandaluyong shifted to higher gears and was even cited by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Asian Institute of Management as the “Tiger City of the Philippines” , owing to its tremendous growth and progress

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