City gov’t initiates 1st lights festl PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011 18:04

The façade of the historic Fort Pilar Shrine was transformed into a spectacular canvass of light, music and ideas last night as the city government held the Lights Festival, the first of its kind in Western Mindanao.

Thousands of people flocked to the site to witness the amazing lights illuminating the shrine frontage that revealed Zamboanguenos’ vibrancy and potentials.
Four local sound and light providers bested each other for the title as they sought to interpret the creative nature of light.

Organized by the city government through the City Tourism Division, the lights festival was another dynamic effort of the city government to provide wholesome entertainment for the enjoyment and fun of residents and visitors.

Mayor Celso Lobregat expressed delight over the outcome of the event as he applauded the creativity and ingenuity of the Zamboanguenos.
The event turned the spotlight on the rich cultural heritage and history of Zamboanga City’s oldest landmark—the Fort Pilar—where the shrine of our Nuestra Senora La Virgen del  Pilar  is located.  The La Virgen is said to have performed miracles and helped Zamboanguenos obtain freedom from foreign oppression.
The competition highlighted the festival which was also graced by city officials and representatives from various sectors.

Meanwhile, the first ever Italian Food festival, held from June 3-4 at the Plaza Pilar was a huge success as people flocked to the Plaza’s rotunda to experience the atmosphere and savor authentic Italian cuisines.

Both the Italian Food festival and the Lights festival were held barely a week after the city government culminated Summer Fest 2011, a month long activity that sought to involve the community and provide wholesome entertainment to local residents as well as visitors during summer.

Mayor Lobregat has vowed to be ever-dynamic in the preparation of plans and programs of the city not only to boost tourism and investment but also to make life for local residents and visitors entertaining and interesting. — Sheila Covarrubias