2014 Hermosa Fest opens with Pink October PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:48

A sea of people mostly wearing pink shirts marched the streets Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate unity and support to breast cancer patients in celebration of Pink October that ushered in the 2014 Fiesta Hermosa.

Despite the inclement weather, students, professionals, government workers and people representing the cross-section of society turned up for the march that came from two points and converged in front of City Hall for a program.

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed jubilation over the well-attended event that displayed people’s concern for breast cancer patients as well as eagerness to participate in the myriad of activities prepared for the month-long celebration of Fiesta  Hermosa, the city’s grandest festival.

Jointly organized by the Gender and Development (GAD) and the Local Council of Women (LCW), the Pink October is a yearly undertaking intended to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the benefit of the Oncology/Cancer Center of the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

The 2-point march commenced in Paseo del Mar and the Zamboanga City Fire Station in Ledesma Street and proceeded towards City Hall where a program dubbed ‘Pink Dance party at Sundown’ was held. The ceremonial lighting of City Hall with pink lights followed at 5:30pm and a Zumba Dance party at 6pm.

Pink October officially kicked off the month-long celebration of the grand fiesta befitting the resiliency of Zamboangueños as highlighted in its theme “Levanta Con Fuerza y Fe; Marcha Con Alegria, Devocion y Unidad.” The fiesta is in honor of the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, the city’s patron saint.

The City-sponsored activities that leads to the feast day of the La Virgen del Pilar on Oct. 12 include the “Las Cruces, Nuestra Vida y La Gloria”, un exposicion de Diseño Por Señorito Gerry Atilano at 7pm, Oct. 1 at the Garden Orchid Hotel; Conferencia de Cultura, Artes y Historia del Zamboanga from Oct. 2-3 at Centro Latino; Cosechas de Zamboanga, an agri-trade fair from Oct. 2-15 at the Plaza Pershing; Pet Parade and Blessing at 3pm on Oct. 4 at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca; Servicio Medical na Fiesta Pilar on Oct. 8 from 8am-5pm at the City Health Office and Festival de Musica Chabacano (Chabacano Music Festival), 7pm on Oct. 8 at Centro Latino.

The sardine-eating spectacle Wow Sardinas will be on On Oct. 9 at 5pm at the Paseo del Mar and Balikbayan Night and Mascota de Zamboanga, an activity that pays tribute to returning Zamboangueños is set at 7pm on Oct. 10 at Centro Latino.

On the eve of the Fiesta, Oct. 11, the much awaited Regatta de Zamboanga, the sailboat race will be at 8am at the R.T. Lim Boulevard while the Baile de Festival (Street Dance Showdown) will be at 1pm followed by the Fiesta Main Program at 3pm at the City Coliseum. Danza la Vida (a street party) will be at 7pm at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca where the Championship round for the Chabacano Music Band Festival.

Copa del Alcalde (Torneo de Golf) will be from Oct. 11-12 at the Zamboanga Golf Course in Calarian.

October 12 will be devoted to religious activities in the morning but City Hall will have Fiesta Open House at 4pm the same day. — Sheila Covarrubias