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Arroyo, Santiago Lead Unveiling Of Baluyut Bust Monument [ Tuesday, 9th of July 2019 | 2 weeks ago ]

Former president and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago led the unveiling of the Bust Monument of Sotero Baluyut on May 30, 2019 at a bridge named after the late leader in Barangay Sto. Rosario.

This activity was part of the City of San Fernando’s Pyestang Fernandino 2019 celebration and served as a tribute to the late Fernandino leader and engineer.

Baluyut was born in the city in 1889 and is known for his career in public service such as being an assistant engineer of Pampanga and Cavite in 1911 under the then Bureau of Public Works and both served as secretary of Interior and Public Works.

He also held several positions in the provincial capitol and neighboring towns including being a governor of Pampanga and senator for the third senatorial district covering the provinces of Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Bulacan.

According to Santiago, Baluyut is one of the pillars of infrastructure in the country and the city government continues to be inspired by his works.

“Ang imprastraktura, malaki ang ambag sa isang lugar in terms of economic development. Ito yung nagbibigay ng ‘drive’ sa isang lugar. Si Sotero Baluyut, bilang isang inhinyero, pinapaalala sa atin kung gaano natin kailangan ang infrastructure, na ngayon, ginagawa natin sa Syudad San Fernando,” he said.

Arroyo, for her part, shared some of Baluyut’s prominent works in the province and the country that benefited the Kapampangans and Filipinos.

“Si Sotero Baluyut ang unang nagpasulong ng kauna-unahang concrete road dito sa bansa- ang Apalit-Mabalacat, na naging parte ng Mac Arthur Highway. Siya rin ang nag-design ng tulay na ito (Baluyut Bridge), at nanguna sa pagpapagawa ng Dalton Pass (San Jose-Sta. Fe road),” she said.

The House Speaker also shared that Baluyut and his father, the late president Diosdado Macapagal, worked together in the Public Works. Baluyut then became one of Arroyo’s godfathers and both shared good memories in the past.

One of Sotero’s descendants, Engr. Prospero Baluyut, meanwhile extended his gratitude to the city government for remembering the legacies of the late leader and for making him part of the history of San Fernando.

Prior to this activity, the city government also held a thanksgiving mass for the success of Pyestang Fernandino at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, through San Fernando Archbishop Most. Rev. Florentino Lavarias as the main celebrant.

Also gracing the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, CSF-LGU heads of offices, Pyesta Executive Committee members, CSFP Arts and Culture Council members, Pampanga masons, and other memberBaluyut family members.

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