City readies 3 contests for Pascua Na Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:56

The city government through the City Tourism Office has stepped preparations for Pascua na Zamboanga 2014 to be highlighted by 3 competitions intended to make Christmas celebration in the city even more meaningful and significant.

The three highlights include the Best Barangay Christmas Landmark competition, Christmas Lantern contest and canciones de Pascua.

The best barangay Christmas Landmark contest is open to all barangays in the city with December 5 set as deadline for registration at the City Tourism Office in Paseo del Mar.

Based on guidelines, participating entries should reflect landmark of Christmas symbols, such as Christmas tree, Belen and decorative Christmas lights. The Christmas symbols and other decorations may be made of any material that fit the landmark concept. All entries will be evaluated and judged on Dec. 10-12 where top 8 entries will be selected. The final judging will be Dec. 15.

Criteria for judging will be concept- 50%, artistry- 20%, craftsmanship – 20% and impact – 10%. Major winners will receive cash and trophies with P75T as first prize, P60T for the second prize and P50T for the third prize. The 5 non-winning entries will receive a consolation prize of P10T each.

The Christmas lantern contest on the other hand will be open to all except city government officials and employees. All entries must use the colors of Christmas, visible or lighted at night, made of an all-weather material and will be evaluated and officially qualified and accepted to the competition.

Only 25 lanterns will be officially accepted in the competition. Criteria for judging are indigenous materials- 5%, originality-20% artistry- 20%, symbolism- 25%, craftsmanship- 30%. Interested parties should register with the CTO in Paseo del Mar on or before Dec. 8. Evaluation will be done Dec. 10 and final judging will be on Dec. 15 at 6m Paseo del Mar.

Winners will receive cash prizes and trophies, with P10T for first prize, P7T for second prize, P5T for third prize, P3T for 4th prize and P2T for 5th prize. Non-winning entries will receive P1,500 each.

The Canciones de Pascua contest meanwhile, is a Christmas choral competition among elementary students in the city. It features chavacano Christmas songs primarily to promote and preserve the chavacano dialect.

The participating choral group may represent an elementary school – public or private. The participants must be in grade school or as in the case of out of school youth, must be at a maximum age of 13. It must have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 members. The choral contest will be on Dec. 13 at 4pm at the Paseo del Mar.

Criteria for judging in the canciones de Pascua will be tonal quality-30%, dynamics- 20%, harmony (blending/balance)- 20%, musicality (rhythm/tempo)- 20% and stage deportment (costumes)- 10%.

Deadline for the registration of participants will be Dec. 5 at the City Tourism Office.

Other activities have also been lined up for Pascua de Zamboanga to instill among the residents the true meaning of Christmas. — Sheila Covarrubias