Forty-year ordinance implemented: Street renamed after WWII ‘martyr-gov’
AFTER forty years since the ordinance was passed, Progreso Street at Barangay Ermita, Cebu City, has finally been renamed to Jose S. Leyson Street in honor of the Cebuano governor who died as a martyr during the Japanese occupation.
Michael Braga, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) administrative officer, said that the ordinance was passed in 1971 but was not enacted for unknown reasons.
This year, the City Council requested the ordinance to be implemented as a part of cultural movement in the streets of Cebu.
“Jose Leyson was a hero and martyr for the Cebuanos during the Japanese occupation, and he deserves to be remembered by the Cebuanos of today,” said Braga.
The remaining children of Leyson said they waited for the last 40 years for the promised street to be renamed in honor of their late father.
“We were on a peak of the mountain when they (the Japanese) found us. They told my father that if he didn’t go down, they would kill us and all the people in the community. So, he went down the mountain and served as the governor of Cebu un-