Bicolanos in Milan light candles for Robredo

MILAN, Italy – Bicolanos in Milan were stunned with the death of a man they considered the idol of Bicolandia, former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo.

Around a hundred Bicolano most of them are members of Bicol Saro Association in Milan held a candle lighting ceremony at the Duomo Square on Wednesday,  August 22, 2012.

They prayed for the eternal repose of the soul of the former mayor.

The gesture, according to them, was their way of thanking the person who truly loved the poor and made Naga as a world-class city.

Robredo’s humility, honesty and efficiency as a servant leader made Naga City a first-class city from third class.

Mildred Alforte, a former employee of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) in Naga, said Robredo was very accommodating and served the people honestly and humbly.

“Nandun siya sa pinaka seat ng local government pero ang rapport niya sa mga constituents, very down to earth,” said Alforte.

Meanwhile, Kate del Rosario, a former schoolmate of Robredo's daughter, Patricia, at the Colegio de Santa Isabel, grieves with the bereaved family.

Del Rosario encouraged Patricia to be strong now that her Dad's gone.

“Alam ko, sa panahon ngayon, mahirap tanggapin na maaga siyang nawala pero dapat mo’ng ipagpatuloy ang buhay mo. Malay mo, maging isang katulad ka rin niya na handang maglingkod sa bayan,” she said.

She added that every Nagaueno is very proud of Robredo for transforming Naga City.

Meanwhile, the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) – Milan also expressed sympathy to Robredo's family.

Briggs Brijuega, an APO member, said the fraternity will follow the good example set by Robredo when it comes to implementing its programs. (by: Zita Baron)

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