Lobregat creates Fiesta Hermosa committee ’11 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 September 2011 14:09

As Fiesta Hermosa 2011, the grandest festival in Zamboanga approaches, Mayor Celso Lobregat Friday formally created the committee that will work on the preparations, planning and budgeting to ensure a more vibrant, colorful and successful fiesta celebration.

Executive Order No. CL-418-2011 creates the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Committee with City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. as chairman and City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez as co-chair.

The annual Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is in honor of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar, the city’s patron saint whose feast day will be on October 12.  The activities however, will be a month long affair starting on the 1st day of October.

Mayor Lobregat in his executive order said the occasion will not only revere the patron saint but will endeavor to increase people’s awareness and interest on the rich history and cultural heritage of Zamboanga as well as its potentials for the promotion of the local tourism industry.

Thousands of people from here and around the world troop to the Fort Pilar Shrine in Rio Hondo during the month of October to show devotion to the Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar.

The executive order also designates various working committees and its chairperson to work on the preparation, planning and budgeting for the forthcoming festival. These committees include ways and means, physical set-up, events management/ secretariat, transportation/reception/food/ snacks and inter-barangay presentation, security, media affairs/documentation and technical requirements, program preparation, distribution, technical support, sports, cleanliness/sanitation, booth/stalls and marshal and parade management.

This year’s fiesta celebration is themed Fiesta Hermosa..Vamos a Zamboanga stressing on the city’s goal to promote Zamboanga as a tourist and investment destination in this part of the country.

The activities include the Agri-Trade Fair (Oct. 1-15) with the Cosechas de Zamboanga and fruits and vegetables display at the Veterans Park along Rizal Street and the Plants and flowers display at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca; Elderly Filipino Week celebration (Oct. 1-7); 7th Mayor CelsoLobregat Golf Tournament (Oct. 1-12) at the Zamboanga Golf Course in Calarian; Cats and Dogs Day Fair on Oct. 1 from 2-4:30pm at the Camp AtilanoAmpitheater in Pasonanca; ZC Boy Scout Council Fiesta Pilar Scout Rally on Oct. 1 from 8am to 4pm at the Paseo del Mar; 6th Inter-baranay cluster cultural presentation (Oct. 1-8) from 6:30pm onwards at the Paseo del Mar; San Miguel Rocks Fiesta Hermosa Chabacano Band Competition (Oct. 1-6) at 9pm at the Plaza del Pilar; Vamos A Zamboanga safari photo contest (Oct. 1-12); Art Exhibit “SolamenteZamboanga” from Oct. 1-31 at the Garden Orchid Hotel; Biocare 2011 beauty and health festival (Oct. 1-31) at the Biocare Skin slimming and spa center; 2011 Cooperative Month celebration (opening program on Oct. 1 at the Baliwasan grandstand); and 2nd 5K Fun Run (Oct. 1) from the Pasonanca Church to the Baliwasan grandstand.

Other activities include the Blood letting (Oct 2) at the Zamboanga Red Cross center starting at 8am; Fiesta Hermosa Fishing Competition III (Oct. 2) at the RT Lim Boulevard; Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pialr procession and mass (Oct. 3-11) with procession at 5am from the cathedral to the shrine and masses at the Fort Pilar (6am, 5pm, 6:30pm);MissZamboanga beauty pageant (oct. 4) at the Astoria Regency at 8pm; Fiesta Medical (Oct. 5) from 8am to 2pm at the City Health Office in Pettit Barracks; Pink October Walk (Oct. 6) at 7am from Valderozza St. to JFE Sports Complex in Baliwasan; JCI Philippines National Convention (Oct 6-9) at the Garden Orchid Hotel; 9thMascota de Zamboanga (Oct. 6) at 7pm at the Orchid ballroom, Garden Orchid Hotel; 6th Mayor CelsoLobregat Table Tennis Cup 2011 (oct 7-9) at 8am at the Golden Boys Sports Grill; Fiesta Hermosa Job Fair (oct. 7) from 8am to 4pm at the Plaza del Pilar; 9th Dance Sport Competition (Oct. 7) at 1pm at the Zamboanga City coliseum; Amazing Challenge (Oct. 7) from 2-5pm with the following Route – City Hall-Paseo del Mar-Jardin Maria Clara-Camp Limbaga-RT Lim Blvd.- City Hall; 16thZamboanga’s Little Miss Universe 2011 (Oct. 7) at 5pm at the Astoria Regency; Cong. Erbie Fabian Dart Tournament (Oct. 7-8) at 6pm at the Ram’s Restaurant in Gov. Camins; Annual Alumni Homecoming of the Pilar College (Oct. 7-9); Vista Weekend Market (Oct. 7-9) from 10am to 10pm at the Vista del Mar in Calarian; Cong. Erbie Fabian bowling tournament (Oct. 7-9) at the Tebi&sean; 1stZamboanga Hermosa Festival Airsoft Invitational Cup “Battle at the Fort-III” (Oct. 7-9) at the Baliwasan grandstand; concert by 6 bands from Manila (Oct. 7-9) from 7pm onwards at the Plaza del Pilar; Voice of our new generation (Oct. 8) at 3pm at the Crystal ballroom of Astoria Hotel; Amateyr Boxing on Oct. 8 at 3pm at the WMSU gym; URBANDUB..live in Asia’s Latin City on Oct. 8 at the City Coliseum; 2011 Top Model Search Year 17 on Oct. 8 at 8pm at the Astoria Plaza; and the Cong. Erbie Fabian Golf tournament (oct. 8-9) at the Golf Course in Calarian.

On Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. will be the Regatta de Zamboanga at the RT Lim Boulevard; 1st Aqua Tricia Invitational Motocross at the MIkaella’s Racetrack in Boalan from 8am to 5pm; also on Oct. 9 at 7pm will be the 29thChabacano Song Festival at the Garden Orchid Hotel; Oct. 9 at 4pm onwards will be Republican g TM Day at the Paseo del Mar and at 5pm the Launching of La bellaZamboanga at the Mano-manona greenfield Pasonanca.

Wow Sardinas-5 will be on Oct. 10 at 5pm at the R.T. Lim Boulevard; Golpe-golpenaZamboanga at 5pm at the city coliseum; The Hermosa Festival Musical Extravaganza Year 2 at 7pm at the Paseo del Mar; Barrio Fiesta –festival de comidas y alegrias from Oct. 10-11 from 7pm to 10pm at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca and the Rock the Fort (Oct. 10=11) at 7:30pm onwards at the Plaza del Pilar.

On October 11, the eve of the Fiesta Pilar will be the Float parade and the Hermosa Street Dance Competition starting at 1pm from Valderrosa St -Mayor Climaco Ave-San Jose Rd- JFE Memorial Sports Complex while the main program will follow at 3pm.

October 12, the fest day of the Nuestra Senora la Virgen del Pilar will be devoted to religious activities starting with the Diana/holy rosary at the Shrine at 4am and masses at 6am, 8am, 10am; grand procession at 3:30pm starting at the Cathedral to the Shrine; 5pm Pontifical Mass and another mass at 6:30pm.

Many other activities have been lined up from the 12th to the end of the month and these include ParokyaniEdgar..Live (Oct. 12) from 7pm onwards at the Gov. Camins; WushuZamboanga Open 2011 (Oct. 13) from 2pm onwards at the Paseo del Mar; Senorito y Senorita de Zamboanga (Oct. 14) at 7pm at the City coliseum; Zamboanga Football Festival (Oct. 14-15) from 9am to 5pm at the Grandstand; Philippine Guidance and Counselling Association National Midyear Convention (Oct. 19-21);    Mindanao-wide Qualifying leg BatangPinoy (Oct. 27-30) at the Baliwasan grandstand and the Fiesta/Halloween Fun Run 2011 at the Park (Oct. 29) at 5pm at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

The mayor initially met with the group Friday and a series of meetings are set in the days to come to finalize the details for the celebration. — Sheila Covarrubias