It’s Fiesta Pilar! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 October 2015 14:23

by Shieila Covarrubias

The Fort Pilar Shrine in Rio Hondo will be the center of activities today, as Zamboangueños mark the feast day of Nuestra Señora La Vrigen del Pilar or Fiesta Pilar.

Known as the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza in Spanish, the Shrine is a 17th century military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial government. Its establishment in 1635 is said to be the founding day of the chavacano language.

Declared a non-working holiday by virtue of Republic Act 7350, today, October 12 will be devoted to religious activities which will kick off with a Diana/holy rosary at 4am followed by masses from 6 to 10 am.

The traditional procession will start at 3pm at Metropolitan Cathedral in La Purisima St. and will end at the Shrine. The Pontifical Mass (concelebrated mass) will be held at 5pm. Another mass will be held at 6:30pm.

The feast day today was preceded by the nine-day novena masses religiously attended by thousands of devotees coming from all corners of the city despite the unstable weather condition and other challenges.

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 which kicked off October 1st with a myriad of events ushered in the Fiesta. On Sunday, Oct. 11, the festival was highlighted by the Regatta, cheer leading competition and mascota competition back to back with the Samba/Balikbayan night. The main program with the street dance parade and showdown was held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Paseo del Mar and on Friday, Oct. 9, the parade of lights was held.

Mayor Climaco in her brief message thanked all the sectors for their active participation in the different activities organized both by the city government and private groups during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. She likewise recognized the Zamboangueños’ unceasing devotion and faith to the Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar.

The mayor called on the residents to continue reverence and to never forget the real focus of the celebration which is the Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar amid the fun and merry making.  — Sheila Covarrubias