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Bogo City Opens Public Library, Museum (that displays memorabilias of Gabriel "Flash" Elorde

Bogo City opens library, museum
(The Freeman) Updated May 10, 2008 12:00 AM

The City of Bogo formally opened last Thursday its city library and museum housed in a newly-renovated building.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr. led city officials, department heads, city hall employees, and barangay captains during the opening of the said facility to the public.

According to Martinez, the putting up of a city library and museum was the dream of his mother, Nilda Martinez, who once served as vice mayor of Bogo when it was still a town.

“Nalipay kaayo ko nga ang akong mga plano kaniadto gipatuman gyod sa atong mga opisyal sa dakbayan,” Nilda said.

Though at present, most students prefer to do their research online, Mayor Martinez said the facility equipped with books and other informative materials will be of great help to those who cannot afford to use the services of an Internet café.

Bogo City councilor Belinda Rodriguez was tasked by the mayor and the members of the city council to lead the body that will serve as the administrator of the city library and museum.

Rodriguez aims to raise awareness among Bogohanons on the value of both the city library and museum that would showcase Bogo’s history and culture.

Martinez hopes that the city public library and museum may also raise interest among tourists and eventually attract more visitors to Bogo City.

Among the exhibits were boxing gloves and a championship belt owned by legendary Filipino boxer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.

“Makakita na gyod ang mga taga-dakbayan sa Bogo sa mga handumanan ni Flash nga lumad nga taga-Bogo,” Elorde’s widow Laura said. —Jose P. Sollano/MEEV

Source: PhilStar

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