All set for ‘Pascua na Zamboanga 2011’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 17:41

Everything is set for Pascua na Zamboanga 2011, a city government-initiated festival aimed to spread Christmas cheers and spirit in the merry month of December.
The two-week festival will kick off December 2 with the traditional lantern parade and opening program that will be highlighted by the ceremonial switch-on of lights in City Hall and Plaza Pershing and Paseo del Mar Christmas landmarks.

Mayor Celso Lobregat will spearhead the over 2,000 city officials and employees in the lantern parade that will reel off 5:30 pm from Ledesma Street to Plaza Pershing, where the opening program will be held.

Other activities during the Pascua festival are the best dressed Santa Claus competition on December 8 at 4pm at the Plaza Pershing and Canciones de Zamboanga, a choral competition on December 9 at 4pm at the Plaza Pershing.

The entry evaluation of the best Christmas landmark competition will be held from December 12-16 from Mondays through Fridays from 6pm onwards. A panel of judges will be formed to do the evaluation.

Plaza del Pilar will be the venue of the first ever Christmas Food Festival, an exhibit of all specialties and delicacies served during the Christmas season from December 15-17. The food festival will run from 5pm onwards.

Closing program will be held on December 17 at 7pm at the Plaza del Pilar.  Winners in the open-lantern competition, best Christmas landmark competition, 1st Christmas Food festival – best buffet presentation, best Christmas cuisine and best Christmas goodies will be presented and awarded during the program.

The Pascua na Zamboanga is one of the most celebrated festivals and celebrations in the city that makes the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ even more meaningful.

Pascua means Christmas, the celebration of the nativity of Jesus Christ. In most churches, the Bible readings and the sermons during Christmas season concern the birth of Christ, the slaughter of the innocents, the flight to Egypt, and other related events.

Christmas season in the country begins on the 16th of December which marks the start of Misa de Aguinaldo or Misa de Gallo, the 9-day series of pre-dawn masses. — Sheila Covarrubias