Lucas O. Gabuya St., Cebu City

CEBUPEDIA - Clarence Paul Oaminal (The Freeman) - September 14, 2014 - 12:00am

It is the road that starts from Col. Arsenio Cabreros Street at Basak, Cebu City, and leads southward up to the city-owned lot at Inayawan.

The street is named in honor of Lucas O. Gabuya who during his lifetime held various government positions aside from having been the capitan municipal of the then Municipio El Pardo and as councilor of the then Municipal Board of Cebu. This was during the first few years of the American Occupation in Cebu which started in 1899.

The Cebu City Council on motion of all its members on October 24, 1977 enacted City Ordinance No. 983 naming the street in honor of Lucas O. Gabuya. The ordinance in justifying the street naming said that Gabuya, in all his actuations both as a private citizen and as a government official, had championed and defended the rights of his fellowmen. It further says that Gabuya during his active years and up to the time of his retirement led an exemplary and fruitful life worthy of emulation by his fellow-Cebuanos.

The son of Lucas O. Gabuya, Jesus S. Gabuya who became a lawyer on January 18, 1954, became a councilor just like him. Jesus became a member of the city council for more than ten years. Atty. Jesus S. Gabuya was part of the city council that enacted the city's tax ordinance. The city's tax ordinance was challenged up to the Supreme Court and was only decided on October 10, 1986.

Jesus also was part of the entourage that made an official visit to Malacañang on March 16, 1972. The Cebu City delegates were led by Mayor Sergio "Serging" V. Osmeña. The other members of the delegation that made an official call with President Ferdinand E. Marcos aside Gabuya was Christopher Espina, the President of the Rotary Club of West Cebu.

The delegation asked President Marcos to hold the order of the Provincial Commander of Cebu that Cebu City be made under Philippine Constabulary control.

The Presiding Officer of the City Council that enacted the ordinance naming the street in honor of Lucas O. Gabuya was Eulogio E.  Borres. The President Pro-Tempore was Atty. Ronald R. Duterte while the Floor Leader was Bienvenido B. Tudtud and the Assistant Floor Leader was Emilio Rm. Jaca.

The members of the city council were: Edgar C. Abelgas, Dr. Pablo U. Abella, Arturo L. Abellana, Emilio E. Alcoseba, Jose V. Cuenco (son of Dr. Manuel Cuenco, who was elected Governor of Cebu and was the son of Governor and Senator Mariano Jesus Cuenco, Jose also became Mayor of Cebu City), Atty. Jesus S. Gabuya (son of Lucas), Maximino R. Lazarte (a street from in Brgy. Parian formerly called as Sudlon has been renamed after him), Guadalupe O. Mansueto, Telesforo B. Rabaya, Fernando G. Rama (son of Don Vicente Rama and Catalina Genson, Fernando married Natividad Lopez and one of their sons, Michael was elected Mayor of Cebu City), Franklin N. Seno, Mario R. Veloso and Bernardo S. Zamora.

The council's ordinance was approved by Mayor Eulogio Enriquez Borres (son of Andres Borres and Emiliana Abellana Enriquez, a street in Brgy. Suba formerly named as Garfield was renamed as Andres Borres St.) on October 28, 1977.

The Cebu City Council's Secretary was Atty. Pompio A. Paradiang while the Secretary to the Mayor was Pablo S. Tinga (unprecedented record of being Secretary to 8 mayors and as city hall personnel under 13 mayors).

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