Historic! Calapan marks 21 years of being a city today

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Exactly 21 years ago, the City of Calapan was born.

On February 2, 1998, then president Fidel V. Ramos signed a law converting the municipality of Calapan into a city.

Mayor Arnan Panaligan’s office shared a throwback photo of the historic signing.

“21 years ago today, February 2, 1998 – President Fidel V. Ramos signed into law Republic Act No. 8475 creating the City of Calapan. The principal author of the law is Rep. Renato V. Leviste (left of Pres. Ramos),” Panaligan’s office said.

“Then Municipal Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan (standing behind Pres. Ramos), together with other local officials, witnessed the signing of the law in Malacanang Palace,” it added.

A plebiscite was held on March 21, 1998, where the Calapeños “overwhelmingly ratified” the creation of the City of Calapan.

Mayor Panaligan became first city mayor of the Calapan. He was then dubbed as the “City Builder.”

Panaligan served as Governor for a three terms. He’s now running as Calapan City mayor unopposed