The city officials here led by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina tendered a testimonial dinner in recognition of two homecoming sons on January 24.
“Thank you for making Bigueños proud!” Medina said during the testimonial dinner held at the Vigan Culture and Trade Center on January 24 in honor of Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares Jr., Region 1 police director, and Engineer Mariano Alquiza, director of the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 1.
“Your success in your respective field is a source of inspiration and worthy of emulation,” Medina said.
When it was their turn to speak, two of his relatives, Sangguniang Panglungsod Member Loreto Quibilan and Kagawad Andres Adriatico, spoke fondly about the general’s family.
Azares traces his roots in Barangay Raois where he spent part of his younger years.
Former Ilocos Sur Governor and National Security Adviser Luis “Chavit” Singson, who was one of the special guests, said he was happy over the appointment of the two honorees to important positions in Region 1.
“Maragsakanak unay iti pannakapiliyo a regional directors,” Singson said.
In his response, General Azares reminisced about his youth, recounting stories about his father, a military master sergeant whom he described as a strict disciplinarian.
“I would like you to know that I consider it a rare honor and privilege to be able to directly serve my fellow Ilocanos. Indeed, blood is thicker than water, and as regional director of Police Regional Office 1, I pledge to do my very best to be worthy of being called an Ilocano, particularly a Bigueño,” he said.
During the dinner, the Vigan Cultural Troupe treated the honorees to music and dance numbers showcasing Vigan’s rich culture and history.#