Press Release
October 8, 2006

Senate celebrates 90th anniversary

The Senate of the Philippines marks its 90th anniversary this month in a simple celebration highlighted by a series of community and training services.

The community and livelihood activities that have been lined up for the month-long celebration include the Adopt-a-Barangay, medical and dental mission, and the blood-letting activity sponsored by the Senate Spouses Foundation on Oct. 10; the livelihood training seminar on laundry soap-making on Oct. 11; the food preparation demonstration on Oct. 12; and a visit to an Aeta settlement in Tarlac province on Oct. 19.

The month-long celebration will serve as a fitting tribute to the great lawmakers, present and past, who had graced the august halls of a revered institution that is the Senate of the Philippines.

Several incumbent and former senators will also grace flag ceremonies in the Senate in all the Mondays of the month. Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda graced the flag-raising ceremony on Oct. 2. Senate Pro-Tempore Juan M. Flavier on Oct. 9; Senator Edgardo Angara on Oct. 16; former Senator Jose D. Lina, Jr. on Oct. 23 and former Senator Heherson Alvarez on Oct. 30.

Barangay 185 in Maricaban, a blighted community in Pasay City, was chosen to be the recipient of the Adopt-a-Barangay project. A group of doctors and nurses courtesy of the Senate Spouses Foundation headed by Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, wife of Senate President Manny Villar, will visit the barangay to give free medical and dental treatment to the residents.

On Oct. 19, the Association of Senate Service Chiefs will have its `Tulong Aral Project" in Bamban, Tarlac where more than 80 Aeta children will be the beneficiaries of school supplies, rubber slippers and raincoats.

The Senate was first convened on October 16, 1916, after the United States Congress enacted the Jones Law in March of the same year.

The 90th celebration of the Senate comes at a time when the institution is being attacked incessantly by many sectors or forces who call for its abolition in favor of the charter change.

The Senate anniversary has always been seen as an opportune time to recognize and honor the selfless devotion of the people, past and present, in helping lay the foundations of genuine democracy and true independence.

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