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.