Residents gear for ‘75th Dia de Zamboanga’ fete PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2012 13:58

Zamboanga City will be bustling with activities this week, as it braces for a full blast celebration of the 75th Dia de Zamboanga on Sunday,               February 26.

Considered a significant milestone in the city’s political history, Dia de Zamboanga marks the day when the newly-appointed officials of the city headed by Mayor Nicasio Valderroza took their oath following the declaration of Zamboanga as a chartered city on October 12, 1937.

Highlighting event this year will be the 2012 Zamboanga International Film Festival, the free screening of national and international independent films at the Mindpro  Cinema 1 and 3 from February 25-27.

Organized jointly by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the City Government, the Zamboanga International Film Festival is in line with the FDCP’s thrust to revitalize the film industry through its program “Sineng Pambansa”. Last year, the film festival showcased the screening of 10 independent Filipino films.

Red Carpet night will be Saturday, February 25 at 7pm at the National Museum Courtyard while the Recognition Night will be on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 pm at the Lantaka Hotel. An added feature will be the first ever Zamboanga short film competition.  A workshop on “Indie Film making in one day” will also be held from 8am to 5pm on Feb. 27 at the Western Mindanao State University.

The highlighting events for the 75th Dia de Zamboanga are jointly organized by the City Government and private groups. The city government-sponsored events include the Open-Cheer Dance Competition-Year 10 on Feb. 22 at 1pm at the City Coliseum, the Zamboanga Food Festival from Feb. 23-24 from 5pm onwards at the Plaza del Pilar, the Dia de Zamboanga Job Far on Feb. 24 from 8am to 5pm at the Plaza del Pilar and the 10th Achievers’ Night on
Feb. 24 at 7pm at the Garden Orchid Convention Center.

Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq is expected to be the City’s guest of honor and speaker during the Dia de Zamboanga Program on Sunday, Feb. 26. The activity will kick off with the drum and lyre competition and the parade at 1pm from the City Hall premises to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports
Complex and the Competicion de Selyo and commemorative program at 3pm also at the grandstand.

In the evening, the Art Exhibit, featuring masterpieces of the local artists will be held at the Garden Orchid Hotel lobby.

The private-sponsored events include the Vamos a Zamboanga Phot Exhibit which reels off today, Feb. 20 to 29 at the Lantaka Hotel Hallway; Food demonstration dubbed Gulucinas de Zamboanga which forms part of the National Arts Month 2012 at the WMSU-College of Home Economics Building on Feb. 21; Rotary International 107th Anniversary from Feb. 23-29; Luz del Salud na Barangay (Search for Outstanding Barangay Health Worker) at 12noon on Feb. 23 at Lantaka Hotel;  Search for Mr. Zamboanga 2012 on Feb. 23 at 8pm at the Astoria Plaza;  Arts Camp from Feb. 24-26 at the WMSU grounds; Dia de Zamboanga 15th Celso L. Lobregat Cup Open Dart Tournament from Feb. 24-25 from 6pm onwards at the Ram’s Garden and Restaurant, Gov. Camins; Cong. Erbie Fabian Cup Five Men/ Ladies Bowling Tournament from Feb. 24-26 from 6pm onwards at the Tebi and Sean Bowling Center in Gov. Camins; ROTA-run on Feb. 25 at 6am in Pasonanca; Rotary Global Swimarathon on Feb. 25 from 8-9pm at the JFE Sports Complex; Regahan Musica on Feb. 27 at 7pm at the Paseo del Mar and the National arts Month Cultural Show/ Dance competition and chabacano choral competition awarding ceremony on Feb. 29 at 3pm at the WMSU gymnasium.

All city government sponsored activities are organized by the City Tourism division under the office of the mayor. — Sheila Covarrubias