February 10, 2024 – In recognition of his significant and valuable contributions to the economy of the City of Smiles, a conferment ceremony was officially and formally held to recognize Lucio Co as Adopted Son and Honorary Mayor of Bacolod today at the Bacolod City Government Center.

Numerous prominent figures were present during the event led by Hon. Albee Benitez such as Lucio Co’s daughter Camille Clarisee Co-Lao and her husband Michael Stephen Lao, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Thaddy Sayson, Israel Salanga, Cindy Rojas, Em Ang, Al Espino, Vladimir Gonzalez, Jason Villarosa, Simple Distrito, Pao Sy, and Dana Barzo, City Administrator Dr. Lucille Gelvolea, Secretary to the Mayor Atty Karol Joseph Chiu, Special Assistant to the Mayor Engr. Mae Cuaycong, Bacolaodiat Festival Inc. Officers and Board of Directors, Negros Occidental Che Yong Cua Chua Association, Bacolod-Filipino Cantonese Civic Foundation, Kang Ha Family Association Negros Occidental Chapter, Negros Occidental Lioc Kui Fraternity Inc., Philippine Long Se Lee Family Association, Philippine Se Ho Lim Family Association, Negros Tai Guan Temple, Inc., Tang Yu Foundation Inc. Panay & Negros Occidental Chapter, Yap Fraternity Inc., Bacolod Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Ind Inc., Bacolod Fil-Chinese Junior Chamber of Commerce & Ind Inc., Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Ind Inc., and Negros Occidental Filipino-Chinese Amity Club Inc.

Representing Mr. Lucio Co during the conferment ceremony were his daughter, Camille Clarisee Co-Lao, and her husband, Michael Stephen Lao. The title of Honorary Mayor serves as a distinguished recognition for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the city’s economic growth and progress. Mr. Co’s projects include Bredco port facilities, Puregold, and the soon-to-be-opened S&R Membership Shopping. These accomplishments undoubtedly herald a more fruitful and prosperous year for the city.

Additionally, as Honorary Mayor, Mr. Lucio Co, through his daughter, formally signed Executive Order No. 4 that served as a foundation to support and constitute the Bacolod Arts and Culture Council.
(Source: Bacolod City Public Information Office)

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