Young students join mangrove planting PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 16:32

In observance of Tourism Week, high school and college students from various institutions in the city yesterday participated in a mangrove planting activity with the intention of helping preserve and protect the environment.

As early as 7am the young students converged at the Sunken Garden for their trip to the Talon-talon Mampang mangrove site where the planting activity was held.

Organized by the city government through the Tourism and Promotions and Development Services Division under the Office of the City Mayor in cooperation with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (OCENR) and Department of Tourism regional office, the mangrove planting activity was in line with the observance of World Tourism Week from September 21-27.

Themed “Tourism-Linking Cultures”, the Tourism Week celebration in Zamboanga is intended to bring the different tourist attractions and offerings to the  consciousness of the local residents.

The participating schools to the mangrove planting were Pilar College, Southern City Colleges, Zamboanga City High School-main, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College and the Zamboanga City State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.

Other activities lined up for the Tourism Week celebration 2011 are the daily city tour (from 3pm to 6pm-Sept. 21-27) from Sunken Garden to different City Tourist sports participated by tourism clubs from different schools; Zamboanga Food Festival 2011 from Sept. 23-24 from 5pm onward at the Plaza del Pilar, Ayuda Limpiesa- Year 8 at the Zamboanga City Public Market and the Drum and Lyre competition on September 26 at 5pm at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

The Tourism Week celebration comes a few days before the city of Zamboanga goes on full blast in its Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2011 in honor of Nuestra Senora la Virgen del Pilar. — Sheila Covarrubias