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Quezon Gov. Suarez leads reopening 90-yr old Perez park sunken garden

Quezon Gov. David ‘Jayjay’ Suarez speaks at the opening of the 90-yrs old sunken garden of Perez Park at the Capitol Compound of the provincial government of Quezon in Lucena city. (JOHN BELLO)

LUCENA CITY – The provincial government of Quezon has made the full restoration of a sunken garden at Perez Park at the capitol compound here since its establishment 90 yrs. ago.

On Monday, Gov. David ‘Jayjay’ Suarez led the ceremonial cutting of ribbons of the 5 thousand square meters Block 1 of the park which signalled its opening for public use and enjoyment especially the children.

“Ito po ay umpisa pa lamang ng mga sunod-sunod na improvement na gagawin natin sa ating lalawigan. Ang pinakamahalaga po sa lahat ay ang aking pangarap at panalangin na ang lugar na ito ay magsilbing paraan for all of you to spend your moments with your families and friends, bonding and enjoying one another and especially the children who will be at play here” said Suarez after the ribbon-cutting and looking at the slides and see-saw placed at the center of the park built in 1927 after its donation by Don Felimon Perez to the then province of Tayabas.

Suarez said that it was a dream of his administration to restore the historical significance and value of the whole Perez park for the appreciation of the new generation of Quezonians about the real beauty of the old park. He said it is about time for Quezon residents to recall and enjoy the old park which they used to walk leisurely around.

“Malaking bagay po ito para sa mga tunay na taga-Lucena, Ibinabalik nito ang isang magandang alaala ng nakaraan at tumatanaw sa kabutihang dulot ni Don Filemon Perez at ng kanyang pamilya. Isa sa mga landmarks ng Lucena City at Quezon Province ang Perez Park na natatanging sunken garden sa buong bansa na may ganitong kabuuan. This is something we should be proud of. It brings back our pride and identity,” said Vladimir Agcaoili Nieto, a noted local history enthusiast, in his comment at the photos in Facebook about the opening of the park’s Block 1.

The governor was accompanied to walk around the park by his wife, ALONA Partylist Rep. Anna Villaraza-Suarez and his mother, former 3rd District Rep. Aleta Suarez as children with their parents in tow, passed the entrance and poured into the park’s facilities.

A 60-ft. tall Christmas tree stands nearby and was flocked by children and adults with most of them doing their selfie picture-taking at its foot.

The park’s Block 1 opening kicked off the ‘Pasko sa Kapitolyo’ (Christmas at the Capitol) as it was followed by an open holy mass, the ceremonial switch-on of the giant Christmas tree and Christmas lights and decorations around the whole capitol compound together with fireworks display and capped towards evening by a musical concert of Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Sto. Tomas singers and ASAP Birit Queen Morisette Amon at Quezon Convention Center.


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