City Hall lights up anew for Pascua na Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:21

And then there was light...

The dazzling light display of the City Hall was the highlight of the Pascua de Zamboanga 2014 celebrations, the annual Christmas festivity whose kickoff yesterday, December 1, officially marked the opening of the yuletide season in the City.

“Como un pamilya Zamboangueño, dale kita gracias y alabansa con el Dios Emmanuel que ta dale canaton Paz,” said Mayor Beng Climaco as she underscored this year’s Christmas celebration theme – Paz.

Led by Climaco and local city officials, a mix of over 2,000 local government employees and Zamboangueños from all walks of life converged in front of City Hall to witness the switch-on ceremony, a practice which is fast becoming a yuletide tradition for families.

Aside from the light display, the City Hall Christmas décor also has a traditional belen display which, on the night of the kickoff, featured farm animals for children to pet.

The lighting ceremony was immediately followed by the Christmas parade which made its way from the City Hall grounds to the Paseo del Mar where the entire force of the local government family celebrated the opening of the Pascua na Zamboanga 2014, and its early Christmas party with the lighting of the Paseo ground decorations and a show choir competition.

“The real meaning of Christmas is family,” emphasized Climaco as she enjoined employees to welcome the advent of the yuletide season with hope and joy.

Among the activities lined up for this year’s Christmas activities are : Christmas Landmark Competition (December 10-12), Noche Navidades (December 12-14), Open Lantern Competition (December 15), Canciones de Pascua (December 16), Doce Dias de Hechos de Zamboanga (December 12-13 at Ecozone, December 15-21 at Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat Complex, December 20-21 at Mercedes Church premises), Noche de Alcaldeza (December 19-21), and the 2014 Christmas Holiday Fashion Extravaganze (December 22). — Jasmine Mohammadsali