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Facelift of giant water fountain in Gaston Park seen

Cagayan de Oro City (5 August) -- THE giant fountain at the Gaston Park will have a facelift within this year.

This was bared today by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula after Archbishop Antonio S. Ledesma expressed his support to the city government's plan to redesign the giant fountain at the city's Gaston Park, which is located near the Cathedral Church and Archbishop Palace.

Speaking before City Hall officials and employees during Monday's flag raising ceremony, Mayor Jaraula said that the city government is now working out with the project's design and concept that is somehow similar to the latest technology used by experts in designing the world-famous 'dancing fountains" in Las Vegas, USA.

Mayor Jaraula hopes that redesigning the giant fountain at the Gaston Park will boost Cagayan de Oro City's image as an ideal investment and tourism destination in this part of the country.

According to Mayor Jaraula, the state-of-the-art 'dancing fountain' will feature a spectacular and excellent display of water and lights that will surely provide great amazement and breathtaking view to the residents, visitors and tourists.

As an added tourism attraction, Mayor Jaraula is also planning to develop the old water tower near the Gaston Park into a city museum and archives center.

Under his refurbishment plan, the city mayor envisioned to construct a spiral steel stairway as a main passage in going atop the tower that will have a reinforced viewing deck to provide a 360-degree panoramic view of the city to would-be sightseers and visitors.

A glass-enclosed elevator will also be installed on either side of the water tower in order to give its fašade a modern look and design, aside from giving convenience to the tourists and visitors in the museum and archives center which will be located in the lower portion of the tower.

The three-to-four storey water tower is considered as one of the oldest edifice in Cagayan de Oro City as it was built in the 1920's and survived the aerial bombardment of Japanese warplanes during the World War II era.

According to Mayor Jaraula, the development of the old water tower into a city museum and archives center will showcase a wide range of collections of memento, documents and records which has relevant historical and cultural value on the past of Cagayan de Oro City.

Aside from safekeeping valuable historical records and materials as an archives center of the city government, the City Mayor hopes that the conversion of the old water tower into a modern structure will also relive its significance in the city's rich history of the past.

The development of a new city museum and archives center will also help educate our schoolchildren, students and youth of today's generation on the importance and significance in tracing back the experiences and lifestyles of their elders, Mayor Jaraula concluded.

The mayor's plan came when Cagayan de Oro City was chosen as Mindanao host in the 2008 National Archives Day celebration set on October 21, 2008. The city's hosting is a joint undertaking of the city government through the efforts of Mayor Jaraula and Monsignor Rey Manuel S. Monsanto of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, who is a member of the Executive Council of the National Archives Committee (NCA) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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