Zambo sizzles as Fiesta Hermosa 2011 reels off PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 October 2011 16:33

Zamboanga, Asia’s Latin City, turns into a festive mood starting today, as Fiesta Hermosa 2011, the grandest festival in Asia’s Latin City kicks off today, October 1st.
The month long celebration, themed “Zamboanga Hermosa…Vamos a Zamboanga” will include a myriad of events showcasing the city’s rich and unique history and culture dedicated to Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar, the city’s patron saint.

Cosechas de Zamboanga, an agri-trade fair; the 7th Mayor Celso Lobregat Golf Tournament; the 6th Inter-Barangay Cluster Cultural presentation and an art exhibit dubbed “Solamente Zamboanga” will be among the featured events on the first day of the festival today.
Mayor Celso Lobregat will lead in opening of the different activities.

Cosechas will open at 9 a.m. on two venues—the Veterans Park in Rizal Street for the fruits and vegetables and Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca for the plants and flowers.

Also at the same time, the 7th Mayor Celso Lobregat Golf Tournament will kick off at the Zamboanga Golf Course in Calarian; the Biocare 2011 Beauty and Health festival will reel at the Bio Skin Care Slimming and Spa Center in Nunez extension and the Vamos a Zamboanga Safari Contest.

At 8 a.m., the Boy Scouts from the Zamboanga City BSP Council will start their Fiesta Scout Rally at the Paseo del Mar while the 2011 Cooperative Month celebration will kick off with a motorcade and fun run from Pasonanca to the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex at 8:30 a.m.

In the afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Cats and Dogs Day Fair will be held at the Camp Atilano Ampitheater in Pasonanca and the Art Exhibit “Solamente Zamboanga” will open at the Garden Orchid Hotel.

Barangay clusters will take turns in the 6th Inter-Barangay Cluster Cultural Presentation at the Paseo del Mar starting at 6:30 p.m. from today until the 8th of this month.

At 9 p.m. will be the Sam Miguel Rocks Fiesta Hermosa “Rock the Fort”, a band competition at the Plaza del Pilar.

The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is an annual event in honor of Nuestra Senora la Virgen del Pilar. Continuous celebrations take place from today until the end of the month but the main event will be on October 12, the feast day of the patron saint.

It is during this time of the year when Zamboanguenos—from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the Fort Pilar Shrine and at the same time witness and enjoy the festivities. The people’s collective gesture displays steadfast love and affection to Zamboanga and most especially to the La Virgen del Pilar. — Sheila Covarrubias