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Naga to Celebrate 62nd Charter Anniversary

The City of Naga will be commemorating its 62nd Charter Anniversary on June 18, Friday without much fanfare.

In line with the city government's policy of simplicity, according to organizers of the event, the charter anniversary will include the oath-taking of newly elected city officials, as well as the unveiling
of the new Plaza de Nueva Caceres and inauguration of the renovated public market.
A 7 AM mass at the San Franciso Parish church will kick off activities on June 18. Later the newly-elected city councilors, vice mayor and mayor will take their oaths of office.

Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Cruz, who hails from Naga, will administer the oaths. Justice Cruz is a long-time resident of Naga and went to Ateneo de Naga for high school before finishing law from the University of Nueva Caceres.

This year's charter anniversary will also feature the unveiling of the Oragon monument located at recently completed Plaza de Nueva Caceres. The unveiling, scheduled for 4 PM will reveal the said monument which was commissioned by the city government and was crafted by Jose Barcena Jr., the grandson of Federico Barcena, the artist behind the Quince Martires monument.

According to the sculptor, the monument depicts the bravery of the Bikolano in the face of war as well as in times of peace.

From the plaza, city officials will transfer to the adjacent renovated public market for its inauguration. Two major fires gutted the second and third floors of the market last year and recently in January, prompting the city government to overhaul the upper levels.

Cultural presentations will cap the celebrations in the evening.