Festival de las Bellas y Flores slated today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 May 2011 15:58

The city’s 2011 Summer Festival culminates today with the Festival de las Bellas y Flores- year 9, a competition of arcos and exposition of beautiful gowns and pretty ladies.

The activity is the city’s version of the Santacruzan, considered as the Queen of May festivities and the most colorful event dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The activity will kick off with the parade of arcos at 3p.m. from Ledesma Street (San Jose Road) to Ledesma Street and to Paseo del Mar where the show proper will be held at 5pm.

The City Mayor’s Office through the City Tourism Division has registered 13participants to the event.
The arco competition will have the following criteria: originality-35 percent; creativity- 30 percent; craftsmanship- 25 percent and impact- 10 percent. The first placer will receive P15, 000; the second prize winner will get P10, 00 while the third placer will receive P5, 000.

Prizes at stake in the gown competition are P7, 000 for the first prize; P5, 000 for the second prize and P3, 000 for the third prize while the prettiest senorita competition will have P5, 000 as prize for the first placer; P3, 000 for the second placer and P2, 000 for the third placer.

The city-government initiated 2011 Summer Festival kicked off April 26 with the commemoration of Dia de Ma’am Caling marking the 90th birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Cla Lobregat. Other activities during the month long summer festival were the 9th kite flying competition with silent drill exhibition by the Silent Drill Squadron of the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School as side event, summer learn to play program, battle of the bands dubbed “El Encuentro de Chabacano Banda Musical- Añ0 6”, chabacano rap competition, hip-hop competition, Zamboanga duathlon and many others.

The festival seeks to involve the community and provide wholesome entertainment to local residents as well as visitors during summer. — Sheila Covarrubias