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Season of hope and aspirations

Mayor John G. Bongat message for the second issue of  Naga SMILES Magazine [8.46 MB]

CHRISTMAS is a celebration for every one – rich or poor.
On the eve of Christmas, every one becomes hopeful of more blessings in store for one’s self, family, and community.
It is the night when shepherds get on their knees upon hearing the song of angels; when above the sky is a star so bright; when wise men bring gifts to a newborn boy they have not seen in a land they did not know.  But it is also a night when we are told to seek our king not in a palace but a stable.  This is the scene that I wish we are reliving here in Naga, our fair city, where its doors are open, its sky is bright with stars above and there are people who care to help anyone who is in need.

We take pride in being part of a community that is so much blessed with good tidings but humble enough to see our weaker points as we try to seek ways to do much better each time, especially with the advent of the New Year where fresh challenges are sure to come. For all these, we thank Jesus, the Son of God; whose love, grace and divine guidance have always been there that make us more judicious and responsive in delivering our mandate to our people.

I wish every one a bright and joyful Yuletide celebration, as this season of joy ushers in a new chapter of hope and aspirations for a better life for every Nagueño.

Naga SMILES Magazine

Message of Mayor John G. Bongat on the maiden issue of Naga SMILES Magazine [6.83 MB]

Dubbed by the famous Filipino writer Nick Joaquin as one of the original seven golden cities of the sun, Maogmang Naga today pulsates with a unique culture and colorful history against the backdrop of a dynamic economy and a local government acclaimed for innovative governance and best practices globally.

Take a look and you will see a full range of exquisite and chili hot dishes. Wholesome entertainment as well as natural wonders also abound in Naga with its ancient and storied churches and museums that remind us of the distant colonial past. As the city beckons to delight the eye and the palate, her people will delight you with their charm, hospitality and good cheer.

These sights and sounds are just within the city limits and a few kilometers away by public and private transport are the sea and white beaches, a world-class watersports complex, pristine hot springs and awesome rain forests, teeming with diverse wildlife, flora and fauna preserved for centuries in the Mt. Isarog Natural Park.

Every September, devotees and pilgrims from all corners of the archipelago and abroad flock to the city for the annual feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia, which is conceded to be Asia’s biggest and most spectacular Marian devotion. We shall honor her this year with a grand celebration as we mark our 300th year of undying devotion to God’s immaculate mother whom we also fondly call as our Ina.

Indeed, visitors are advised not just to plan to “see” Naga. They are invited to feel and be part of Naga…its homely charm and mystique energy, its boundless piety, and its people’s warmth and hospitality as they lead
you to discover, experience, and celebrate a city that is free, peaceful, and happy.
Naga smiles at you and the world!