Welcome to the grandest Fiesta Pilar 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:07

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

RT Lim Blvd. (Cawa-Cawa) in the evening is the best sign of a coming grand fiesta in Zamboanga City. The boulevard is the site of so many night life events and it started only a week ago but the people going there multiply every night. On the opening night, a week ago, you still could find a very cozy table to have your favorite drink and enjoy the music of a band playing at the stage constructed for the fiesta even past 8 PM in the evening. Today, if you decide to enjoy your  night with beer and bar-b-q or other finger foods, go there before 5 PM or earlier, because the Bay Walk area, center of the boulevard fiesta night life, is full to the brim and you are lucky if you find an empty table. Enjoy your drinks and inhale the fresh sea breeze from the Basilan Strait but most of all, feel safe, the boulevard is well secured by our law enforcers.

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To the pilgrims and those who wish to pay homage to the miraculous Nuestra Senora Virgen Del Pilar at the famous Fort Pilar shrine, also come early because the expanded praying area of the La Virgie Del Pilar is also full with different pilgrims from the Peninsula, Even some Muslims are paying homage to the Miraculous Saint. As early as 7 a.m.  people are already praying and offering candles to the Lady of the Pillar. Also feel safe while praying or attending mass, the whole area is full of security forces. In fact, the whole city is guarded by the police and the AFP starting from the boundary with Zamboanga Sibuguey and also at the West Coast in Barangay Labuan. The City Government is seeing to it that the city is well secured for us to enjoy this year’s Fiesta, because the city missed celebrating it two years ago due to the MNLF  siege. This time let us pray for peace.

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We hope as the city is praying for peace and families and classmates are having their reunion this Fiesta Pilar, no untoward incident will befall upon Zamboanga City. Family members from abroad and the provinces in the country are also here celebrating the Fiesta and it has been a tradition to pay homage to La Virgen Del Pilar, who has been watching the safety of the City ever since. As a flash back, some 10 years ago, when lawless elements planted bombs in our city streets and even within the vicinity of the Zamboanga City Medical Center (Zamboanga General Hospital) and they timed it before the celebration of the Fiesta, but before all the bombs they planted in the city’s streets went off, a powerful explosion happened somewhere in a boarding house in Barangay Sta. Catalina. Moments later, the city knew in a police report that the bombers boarding house exploded while they were still in the process of making more bombs. Many believe that La Virgen Del Pilar, castigated the bombers and protected the city because all the bombers lay dead with mangled bodies and body parts were strewn all over the room. The city was saved and the unexploded bombs were all retrieved safely by the City Police.

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Let us make Fiesta Pilar 2015 the safest for everybody but all must cooperate with the law enforcement authorities by reporting unusual observation. The police cannot watch almost a million people in the city. They need everybody’s  assistance in securing the city. But, most of all, let us render and give our full trust to God to protect all of us.

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Scoop: As we pay homage to Nuestra Senora La Virgen Del Pilar, Table Talk begs apology to all those I have wronged and also I forgive those who have wronged Table Talk. This is the time to renew our trust with each other as we pray for guidance from God through La Virgen Del Pilar. Nuestra Senora La Virgen Del Pilar, please grant us this request. This time, Please agree and join me in asking forgiveness for our sins.