MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo took the bus going home to Camarines Sur early Thursday, August 18, to commemorate with the people of Naga the 4th death anniversary of her husband Jesse Robredo, the city's longtime beloved mayor.
This was the first time Leni graced the memorial events for her husband as Vice President.
Former President Benigno Aquino III in 2015 signed a law declaring August 18 as Jesse Robredo Day. It is a regular working holiday nationwide while it is a special non-working holiday in Naga City, where Jesse served as mayor for almost two decades.
Meanwhile, their daughters Aika, Patricia, and Jillian stayed in Manila to lead the tribute organized by the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation at Mary the Queen Parish in San Juan City.
At 8 am, Leni and fellow Nagaueños visited Jesse's grave at the Eternal Gardens, where she was also praying when she received news in May that she had been proclaimed the winner of the vice president election. (READ: Robredo wins as VP on late husband's birthday)
She also led the turnover ceremony of a one-storey classroom building in the municipality of Calabanga, and delivered a speech during the graduation rites of the Alternative Learning System in Tamban Elementary School in Tinambac town.
The Vice President's official Twitter account also shared some inspiring quotes from her late husband.
[A] Our duty is for people to bring out the best in their leaders & for leaders to bring out the best in the people. pic.twitter.com/d5eI8oOfTb — Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) August 18, 2016
[A] Jesse believed that having the right principles and values is necessary to being a good leader of the country. pic.twitter.com/BwiTBDPwX2 — Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) August 17, 2016