Hermosa fest grand highlight staged today PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:24

The socio-cultural activities in the 2018 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival calendar will conclude today, Oct. 11 with the colorful street dance competition, main program and the grand parade of lights.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will keynote the main program set at Paseo del Mar right after the 8am street dances that will kick off at the City Fire Station in Ledesma Street.

A total of 11 entries will compete in the four categories to include some out-of-town contingents from Zamboanga del Norte and Basilan. Prizes will range based on the category but for the regional category, it will be P300k, P250k and P200k for the first, second and third place respectively.

The grand parade of lights will be at 6am from Nunez extension to City Hall with 11 participants. It will feature the UZ@70 floats and the grand lights show, the first projection mapping show in Zamboanga.

The parade of lights will be followed by the Concierto na Ayuntamiento and the switch-on of lights at City Hall and the UZ building on J.S. Alano Street which will be transformed as a huge screen showing the story of UZ and Zamboanga City.

Tomorrow, October 12, the feast day of the La Virgen del Pilar, will be a non-working holiday in Zamboanga City by virtue of Republic Act 7350. Activities will be concentrated at the Fort Pilar Shrine where all religious activities will be held. It will be highlighted by the grand procession at 3pm from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the Shrine and the high mass at the shrine at 5pm.

Mayor Climaco has called on residents to continue reverence to the Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar for guidance and protection, as she urged continuous cooperation and support to anti-crime efforts to ensure peaceful and successful Fiesta celebration.

The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival kicked off Oct. 1 with a series of activities ranging from sports events to art exhibits, cultural presentations, agri-trade fair and a myriad of other activities and not to forget religious activities. The festival is in honor of the city’s patroness Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar.  (Sheila Covarrubias)