that fulfilling that vision was long and hard since blood was shed and many lives were lost in the process. Today, more than any other day of the year, we remember affectionately those who fought the battle and brave bullets of the enemies so that we could build a free nation. Let us dedicate this special day for them,” he said.
He added that today is most appropriate in expressing our gratitude and honor to them as we commemorate their heroism, patriotism, nationalism and self-sacrifice, all for the sake of freedom for the country.
Leonardia noted that for this year’s theme “Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan”, the change we have been fighting for is an offer for a bright future.
“True, indeed, because the framework of development we want for the city charts our future needs. This is charting the future of our children and their children’s children. Just as freedom is our legacy from our forefathers, a Bacolod City that they can be proud of is our legacy to them,” Leonardia said.
He said that today there is a need to support, believe in and fight for this development framework.
“Let us all join in this vision and in this desired development framework as we work together in peace and unity. This is all we need, the will, the strength, the coherence or unity and the tenacity to fight against all odds, no bolos, no bloodshed but only the true and pure spirit of a Bacolodnon who loves his Bacolod with all his heart and soul,” he added.