Vinta de Zamboanga - Regatta de Esperanza PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 December 2013 08:44

Gleefully sail on, Zamboanga City! This is how you will surely exclaim when you see many colorful vintas (boats) in Paseo del Mar sailing nowadays. Thanks to Regional Director Mary June Bugante of Department of Tourism (DOT) who coordinated with City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez, we as well our visitors can see it every day from 7am to 6am until mid-January 2014 sailing. We can even ride it for free! Just looking at them brings smile in our faces already. Zamboanga is back to its feet and better!

Dubbed as Regatta de Esperanza (Boats of Hope), this project was conceptualized by DOT during the Zamboanga crisis to help rebuild the city’s image and bring hope to the people. The boatmen or bankeros are IDP’s (internally displaced persons) who are currently staying in tents along RT Lim Boulevard. You can see them fishing too while sailing (or perhaps we can go fishing with them if  it will be allowed). The vinta’s colorful designed sails or “layag” (leha) were sown by displaced Sama women.

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar said, ““This is our way of assuring our Samal and Badjao residents that we respect their culture and we want to return as many of them as possible to their points of origin before the war.” This project gives them the sense that they can go back to their normal everyday living. Camera Club of Zamboanga City under the helm of its president Jun Kwan covered the event.

Formerly known as Regatta de Zamboanga and usually held as part of the Zambaonga October Fiesta activities, it was cancelled during the Zamboanga siege. Regatta de Esperanza will surely boost up the tourism-site must see in our city this season.

By Dante Corteza

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