All is set for Hermosa 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:59

In October, all roads lead to Zamboanga City for the Hermosa Festival!
With its apt and catchy theme “Fiesta Hermosa…Vamos a Zamboanga!” this year’s Zamboanga Hermosa Festival promises a wide array of month-long activities that will take the city in a frenzy of festive revelries.

The excitement will surely heat up as numerous events from exhibits to beauty pageant and from various competitions to live concerts are calendared by the City Government in its thrust to make the grandest festival of Asia’s Latin City more enthralling each year.

From October 1-15, compoblanos and visitors alike will enjoy the best of Zamboanga’s harvests thru the Agri-Trade Fair dubbed Cosechas de Zamboanga with a selection of fruits and vegetables at Veterans Park at Rizal Street.

Different plant and flowers will also be for sale at Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat from October 1-31.
The 7th Mayor Celso Lobregat Golf Tournament will run from October 1-2 at the Zamboanga Golf Course and Country Club while the Cats and Dogs Day Fair, which will highlight a pet fashion show, will be done at Camp Atilano Amphitheatre at Pasonanca.

On the same day, the City’s Boy Scot Council will conduct a Fiesta PIlar Scout Rally at Paseo del Mar. The 6th Inter-Barangay Cluster Cultural Presentation will commence and will run until October from 6:30 PM onwards at the same venue.

The “Rakista Zamboanga”-a Chavacano band competition will initiate its gig after the cultural presentations and will last until October 6 as first elimination round. The semis and finals will be done on October 10 and 11, respectively.

From October 1-31, the Biocare 2011 Beauty and Health Festival will also take part in the caravan of activities including the Vamos a Zamboanga Safari Photo Contest from October 1-12 and an art exhibit entitled, “Solamente Zamboanga” from October 1-31 at the lobby of Garden Orchid Hotel.

Part of the calendar as well is the observance of Elderly Filipino Week from October 1-7 and the 2011 Cooperative Month Celebration from October 1-31.
On October 2, a blood-letting activity will be conducted by the City Government and Philippine Red Cross at the Red Cross Training Center back to back with the Fiesta Hermosa Fishing Competition III at the R.T Lim Boulevard starting 7:00 AM.

Starting on October 3, the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar Procession and Mass will be celebrated and it will be observed until the 11th of the month.
On October 4, the search for Miss Zamboanga will take the center stage as the Fiesta Medical will follow on October 5 and Pink October Walk on October 6.

The JCI Philippine National Convention is also part of the fiesta program which will run from October 6-9 at Garden Orchid Hotel and Astoria Regency.

The nostalgic artistic charm of Mascota de Zamboanga Competition will once again display its glamour on October 6 at Orchid Ballroom, Garden Orchid Hotel. This will be the 9th year of the competition which will showcase the creativity of local talents in mascot creation.

From October 7-9, the 6th Mayor Celso L. Lobregat Table Tennis Cup will be the main highlight at the Yubengco Mall. On the same date, the 9th Dance Sport Competition will deliver its breathtaking dance routines at the City Coliseum.

Also on October 7 is the conduct of Amazing Challenge by the JCI Zamboanga, the Fiesta Hermosa Job Fair at Plaza del Pilar from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 16th Zamboanga’s Little Miss Universe 2011 at Astoria Regency and Cong. Erbie A. Fabian Dart Tournament at Ram’s Restaurant.

From October 7-9, five different events will fill the mention dates to include the Pilar College’s Alumni Homecoming, Vista Weekend Market at La Vista del Mar, Cong. Erbie Fabian Bowling Tournament te Tebi and Sean, the 1st Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Airsoft International Cup dubbed “Battle at the Fort II” at the grandstand and a series of band performances at the Plaza del Pilar.

On October 8, seven events will be conducted on different venues. These are: the Rotary Club Program dubbed “Voice of Our New Generation”, Amateur Boxing competition at WMSU Gym, Zamboanga East and West Central Schools Grand Alumni Homecoming, Urbandub Concert at the City Coliseum, 2011 Top Model Search Year 17, Cong. Erbie Fabian Golf Tournament and Zamboanga Hermosal Festival Tennis Tournament 2011 at the Zamboanga City Lawn Tennis Association.

On October 9, another 7 events will carry on the excitement including the famous Regatta de Zamboanga at R.T Lim Boulevard, the 1st Aqua Tricia Invitational Motocross at Mikaella’s Racetrack at Boalan, Balikbayab Night at Patio Palmeras, the 29th Chabacano Soong Festival at Garden Orchid Hotel, Republica ng TM Day at Paseo del Mar, Launching of Bella Zamboanga at Mano Mano na Greenfield Restaurant and Talk and Text Concert at Governor Camins Avenue.

The 5th WOW Sardinas is scheduled on October 10 at R.T Lim Boulevard. Other activities of the same date would include Golpe Golpe na Zamboanga at the City Coliseum and Semi final rounds of Chabacano Band Competition.

On October 11, the main program of the festival will rock the City featuring the major competitions to be conducted to include the Float Parade and Street Dance Competition. All these activities will be done at the city’s grandstand.

For the conclusion of the day before the fiesta, the City will sponsor a grand fireworks display ate Paseo del Mar at 10:00 PM.
On October 12-the day of the feast, the highlight of all activities is the conduct of processions and masses in honor of the City Patroness-Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

Parokya ni edgar Band will also have a concert on the same day followed by post-fiesta events like the Wushu Zamboanga OPne on October 13 at Paseo del mar, Señorita y Señorito de Zamboanga on October 14 at the City Coliseum, Zamboanga Football Festival from October 15-16 at the grandstand, Philippine Guidance Counseling Association National Mid-Year Convention from October 19-21 at Grand Astoria Hotel, Muay Thai Visayas-Mindanao Championship on October 22 at the Paseo del Mar, Mindanao-Wide Qualifying Leg of “Batang Pinoy” from October 27-30 at the grandstand, Quest for Miss Red Cross Zamboanga City on October 28 at Astoria Plaza, and Fiesta-Halloween Fun Run 2011 ate Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat.

Mayor Celso Lobregat who is always in full support for the annual conduct of the Hermosa Festival is inviting everyone to enjoy the revelries of the fiesta brought about by the different activities organized by the City and private entities. However, despite the excitement, he reminds the people of Zamboanga to celebrate the fiesta with honor and praises to the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar as the center of all celebrations.   — Richard Aliangan/CityHallPIO