THE late Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim was given fitting honors by Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and other Manila officials when his urn was brought to the Manila City Hall by his children yesterday afternoon.
The family, represented by Lim’s children Roland, Nestor, Manny, Marilet, Cynthia and Christy Lim-Raymundo, was received by Mayor Isko, Lacuna, secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang and assistant secretary Letlet Zarcal, city administrator Felix Espiritu and tourism department chief Charlie Dungo. Manila Police District Director Gen. Rolly Miranda was also present.
The urn arrived at 1 p.m. and was laid in a glass enclosure placed in the middle of grand flower arrangements prepared by the Manila City Hall inside the main hall, called Bulwagang Antonio J. Villegas.
Lim’s huge picture which was placed alongside other mayors at the Bulwagang Rodriguez was temporarily taken and placed at the Bulwagang Villegas to complement the urn.
There, a simple ceremony was held in honor of Lim where the hymn of Manila was played before Moreno presented Lim’s family with a Philippine flag.
Following this, Lacuna handed over to Roland a framed copy of the Manila City Council Resolution which extolled Lim and where the council expressed its deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. Lacuna is the council’s presiding officer.
The Lim siblings expressed profound gratitude for the honors bestowed on their father and for the efforts of Moreno and Lacuna to perpetuate the memory of Lim, who served as city mayor for four terms, from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2007 to 2013.
Immediately after learning of Lim’s demise, Moreno had talked to Lacuna and discussed plans to rename the City College of Manila (now Universidad de Manila) as Alfredo S. Lim University (ASLU) in fitting recognition of the fact that the said institution which offers free tertiary education was a brainchild of Lim and was built during his administration, beginning with only 2,000 enrollees.
Lacuna said the ordinance had already passed first reading and is assured of smooth sailing as it goes through second and third readings.