Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mayor acts on street sign 'renaming' avenue that created buzz among Legazpi City netizens
By Gina V. Rodriguez

LEGAZP1 CITY, Nov. 18 (PNA) —- Reports on Friday morning said Mayor Noel Rosal has called the attention of a project contractor to correct a street sign that has caused confusion among the public here.

This, as museum curator Apo Gonzales posted a photo on Facebook that went viral on social media this week after it showed a newly put up street sign mistakenly identifying a major thoroughfare in the city.

Gonzales was referring to the sign, which he said should be Imelda Roces, not Imelda Marcos Avenue. Imelda C. Roces is the late and former mayor of Legazpi City, whose dedication to public service was recognized through the street sign named after her on May 2014.

Imelda Marcos is the widow of deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos who was buried Friday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani following a ruling from the Supreme Court despite protests from the victims of his martial rule and their families.

Set against a background of green and white colors, the directional sign that created the stir shows three arrows to the left pointing to three city landmarks. The top arrow points to the “Central Bus Terminal,” middle arrow to “Our Lady of Fatima Church,” and bottom arrow to “Imelda Marcos Avenue.”

When Gonzales first posted the wrong street sign on Tuesday, it was posted by 200 others with 73 comments from netizens in Legazpi City.

The street sign is located in a corner of Vel Amor Subd. in Barangay 18, Cabangan, Legazpi City.

“Dapat Imelda Papin (the famous Bicolana singer),” Caesar M. Ortega said in jest as he cited the Legazpi City map that points to Imelda Roces Ave. as running from Vel Amor Subd. to Lakandula Drive.

Formerly Tahao Road, Imelda Roces Ave. is a street perpendicular to Rizal Street and Lakandula Drive.

“Du30 joke lang naman daw po hehehe,” wrote Alexander Jao.

“Su …proofreader na overwhelm garu kan SC ruling over Marcos burial at Libingan hehe,” (the proofreader was overwhelmed by the SC ruling…) said Edgar Alejo.

In his post, Antonio Fernandez Reyes Jr. said Mayor Rosal has called the attention of the billboard’s project coordinator.

The coordinator said they have seen the viral photo in Facebook and that “we are having this corrected now.”

Dar Perez Jr. added they have already informed the artist shop group responsible for the mistake. “Expect that action will be made,” he said. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EDS