By Bohol Island News | 08:46 PM November 4, 2019
Boholanos paused on Monday, November 4 to commemorate the 123rd birth anniversary of Bohol’s most illustrious son Carlos Polestico Garcia.
Gov. ArthurYap led Boholanos in lineup of activities that began with flag raising, wreath laying, and 21-gun salute ceremonies at the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Park at the New Capitol Site.
Garcia, who was born in Talibon town, became the 4th president of the Republic of the Philippines and the first president of the 1971 Constitutional Convention.
He was honored on Monday, which is a special non-working holiday in the province of Bohol.
The Department of Foreign Affairs also remembered Garcia’s contributions to the country.
Garcia served as Foreign Affairs Secretary from 1953 to 1957. He also served as President of the Philippines from 1957 to 1961.
As President, Garcia introduced the “Filipino First” policy which gave preference to Filipinos in commercial and industrial activities and aimed to stress the importance of Philippines-U.S. relations but on the basis of equal partnership.