Appreciating Zamboanga City’s culture, arts, and history PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

If there is one proud achievements that the 2014 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival has created it was the “Conferencia sobre del Cultura Artes y Historia del Ciudad de Zamboanga, a conference and visual arts exhibit held at Centro Latino last October 2 and 3. It widened and deepened the participant’s understanding and appreciation of what is distinct and unique about Zamboanga City.

Congratulations to our newly appointed City’s Consultant  on Arts and Culture, Dr. Jose Genaro Yap-Aizon, who coordinated this event. The conference presented the rich and distinct heritage of Zamboanga City's arts, culture and history thru in-depth lectures and discussions. The topics were about our city’s language, music and dance, food, arts/paintings, formal wear, rituals and beliefs, icons and symbols, literature, faith and devotion.

Dr. Aizon gathered top educators and authorities in their field who shared the different profiles of La Hermosa Zamboanga. The speakers and their topics were  Prof. Norma Conti (Musica na Zamboanga), Dr. Maria Socorro Ramos (Maga Comida na Zamboanga), Dr. Roberto Torres (El Evolucion y Diseno del Mascota), Prof. Sandra Jamiro (Escultura y Pintura na Zamboanga), Dr. Robert Panaguiton (Forjando el Historia de Zamboanga), Prof. Jerville Omaga (Maga Baile na Zamboanga), Prof. Claro Potenciano (Mitologias y Rituales del maga Zamboangueño), Prof. Julie Uy Cabato (Icons y Simbolos na Zamboanga), Dr. Jaime Jalon (Literatura – Maga Folclore), and Dr. Robert Panaguiton (El Devocion con la Virgen del Pilar).  Dr. Aizon talked about Abucion y Rezo del maga Zamboangueño, and Lenguage – Estructura y Grammatica del Chavacano.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, who opened officially the conference and exhibit, encouraged the audience to appreciate Zamboanga City's in the context of what it has done for its people. She said, “Toma kita el oportunidad aprecia el deaton unico cultura Zamboangueño.”

The conference had an exhibit of old religious statues, known as santos, from prominent families of this city. Other shown were the mascota gowns created by Zamboanga fashion designer Monching Fernandez  and paintings by local artists. This cultural and historical event was coordinated by the City Tourism Office under the Sarita Hernandez.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8