The Cebu Capi­tol build­ing along Os­meña Blvd., Cebu City, is aglow in pink as the Cebu pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment joins the Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month cel­e­bra­tion, dubbed as Pink Oc­to­ber, in this photo taken on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 12, 2017.

Pink lights bathe the fa­cade of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol each night for the whole month of Oc­to­ber.

En­gi­neer Hec­tor Jamora said the dis­play of pink lights is the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s ex­pres­sion of sup­port for the cel­e­bra­tion of the Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month.

Vice Gover­nor Agnes Mag­pale, chair­per­son of the Pro­vin­cial Board’s com­mit­tee on women, fam­ily and mi­nors, said that their dis­play of pink lights is a means to pro­mote aware­ness on breast cancer and the need to show sup­port for cancer pa­tients and sur­vivors.

“The color pink sym­bol­izes hope for both breast cancer pa­tients and sur­vivors. We would like to re­mind them that there is al­ways hope in their fight. Never give up,” Mag­pale told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

“The Capi­tol may not have any pro­grams in line with (the) Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month, but we will lend (our as­sis­tance to cancer pa­tients) and show our sup­port (for their re­cov­ery). Light­ing up the Capi­tol in pink (lights) is one (way of show­ing our sup­port) and also pro­vid­ing (them with) free mam­mo­gram in our hos­pi­tals,” she added.

Jamora said they started the dis­play of pink lights at the Capi­tol at 6 p.m. on Oc­to­ber 1.

They turn on pink lights ev­ery night start­ing at 6 p.m.

Capi­tol started this prac­tice in 2011 dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer gover­nor Gwen Gar­cia.

“Pink Oc­to­ber is an event spear­headed by a non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion (NGO) called the ICanServe Foun­da­tion. All of the events re­lated to Pink Oc­to­ber are or­ga­nized by them,” Mag­pale said in a phone in­ter­view with CDN.

A Pink Oc­to­ber run that will be par­tic­i­pated by at least 1,000 run­ners is also sched­uled on Oc­to­ber 15.

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