City renames grandstand to kick off Charter Day celebration.
The city government on Monday renamed the Iloilo Dinagyang Grandstand back to the 'Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand' ahead of the series of events leading to the 82nd Charter Day celebration here on August 25.
The grandstand, located along De la Rama St., Muelle Loney-Montes, City Proper, was built to replace the old one on JM Basa Street City Proper.
Executive Order 29, signed by Mayor Jerry P. Trenas, noted that the old freedom grandstand was built in the 1950s as a symbolic structure of Republic Act 1209, also known as the Iloilo City Freedom Law, as authored by former assemblyman Rodolfo Ganzon.
The law was passed in 1955 'giving the residents of Iloilo City the right to vote for their mayor, vice-mayor, and councilors,' the EO added.
'The Iloilo Freedom Grandstand is known, as it was historically visited by General Douglas MacArthur on July 10, 1961, and was also a venue of political rallies, cultural shows, and religious gatherings,' the mayor said.
The grandstand, however, was demolished to give way to the restoration of the Sunburst Park, one of the pet projects of Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon.
Former mayor Jose Espinosa III then named the new grandstand as the Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand.
However, the EO clarified that prior to the demolition, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) passed Resolution 2018-078 stating among others that the 'new grandstand should retain the name Freedom Grandstand'.
Meanwhile, following Monday's regular flag-raising ceremony, Trenas declared the opening of the Charter Day celebration.
Proclamation 172 was signed by former president Manuel L. Quezon on Aug. 20, 1937, declaring Aug. 25, 1937, as the inauguration of Iloilo City