Balamban local officials and some employees headed by Mayor Ace Stefan Binghay, together with the heads and members of the PNP,BFP, BJMP and DILG led a wreath-laying ceremony at a monument dedicated to the country’s seventh president at Mt. Manunggal, Barangay Sunog, Balamban, Cebu where the presidential plane “Mt. Pinatubo” crashed on March 17, 1957.
A prayer was offered for the souls of the late president and the 24 other passengers, including former Senator Tomas Cabili, a hero of the guerrilla resistance movement during World War II; Gregorio Hernandez Jr. Secretary of Education; Representative Pedro Lopez (1915–1957) of the 2nd District of Cebu; and General Benito Ebuen (1912–1957), commanding general of the Philippine Air Force. Also on board was former Olympian Felipe Nunag, then serving as an aide-de-camp to Magsaysay. The other passengers included various civilian and military aides to the President and three journalists. The sole survivor was a reporter for the Philippine Herald, Nestor Mata. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1957_Cebu_Douglas_C-47_crash)
During the ceremony, Mayor Ace Stefan Veloso Binghay honored the late president as a leader worthy of emulation. President Ramon Magsaysay often described as a ” true man of the masses”, was known as an exceptional leader for his integrity, humility and dedication to public service.
The wreath-laying ceremony is just the first part of the 3-day Mt.Manunggal Annual Adventure Trek in honor of the late president.
LGU Balamban has lined-up activities for the weekend like the Campers Got Talent on Saturday night and on Sunday the Trail Run and Mt. Bike Challenge. All contests and activities are open to all.
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