City invites President Duterte as guest of honor in Hermosa Festival Print
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:05

By RG ANTONET GO

The City Government of Zamboanga yesterday announced that it has invited President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to be the guest of honor during the culmination program of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2017.

Christian Olasiman, city government special events chief, said in an interview that they are hoping that the president can grace the main fiesta program and the street dance competition on October 11 at Paseo del Mar.

“We extended an invitation to President Rodrigo Duterte to be our guest of honor and speaker. We are just awaiting confirmation from Malacañang whether he will attend our culmination program on October 11,” Olasiman told reporters during the regular press conference of Mayor Beng Climaco at City Hall yesterday.

According to Olasiman, there were initial talks but there is still no confirmation yet if the president can come but the city is hoping that the president will be able to grace the fiesta main program.

Mayor Climaco said that she is closely coordinating with Malacañang regarding the invitation as she expressed optimism that President Duterte will come to the city.

Other national officials were also invited to attend the culmination program of the city’s festivity.

During the culmination program, all the top city officials are expected to be present like Mayor Beng Climaco, District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat and District 2 Congressman Mannix Dalipe, city councilors, city department heads, regional directors and high-ranking police and military officials.

The month-long Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is being conducted every October in honor of the city’s patron saint Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

The Feast day of the Lady of the Pillar is on October 12 which is a special non-working holiday in Zamboanga City. (R.G. A A. Go)