After 75 years, Zambo stays resilient, vibrant — Lobregat PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 February 2012 13:33

Amid the scorching heat, young students, teachers, city and national government employees, personnel from the military, police and other law enforcement agencies and representatives coming from all sectors of the city paraded the streets in celebration of the 75th Dia de Zamboanga Sunday, February 26.

The grand civic military parade kicked off at Valderozza St. to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan where the commemorative program was held with Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq as guest of honor.

The parade was interspersed with the display of floats which were participants to the Annual Competicion de Selyo de Zamboanga and the drum and lyre groups which participated in the contest.

In his message, Ambassador Domecq expressed elation in joining Zamboanguenos in the historical anniversary of the city’s Charter.

He praised Zamboanga as “one of the cities in the Philippines that is closest to our heart and soul”. He likewise appreciated Zamboanga’s new branding Asia’s Latin City saying that it could be more correct as it is not only because the chabacano language, a Latin language, is well alive.

“This makes me very happy to see because in the entire Pacific and Asian Region, the chabacano used here is really used by people in the street, and for me, this is my first time to come to Zamboanga, with the geographical distance (from Spain to Zamboanga), makes me feel very much at home”, the ambassador said.

The envoy, with his lady, Rosa Rufino de Domecq, and first Secretary Antonio Garcia, arrived in the city Saturday morning after which he paid courtesy call in City Hall.

The highlighting activities of the Dia de Zamboanga were also graced by other dignitaries from Spain, officials from the Film Development Council of the Philippines led by Chairman Briccio Santos, Cong. Beng Climaco, members of the City Council, independent film directors and producers and other guests.

Mayor Lobregat in his welcome message urged residents to continue the tradition of achievement and growth that have become the mark of Zamboanga City as he stressed that after 75 years, the city has remained resilient and vibrant.

He acknowledged the support and cooperation of all sectors in the city specifically his fellow public servants for helping the city reach the level where it is today.

The parade participants included employees from the national agencies, city government, workers from private institutions, representatives from civic and people oriented groups, students and teachers, barangay officials and volunteers, as well as forces from the military and the police.

The festivities for the Dia de Zamboanga, which marks the day when the first appointed city officials of the city led by then Mayor Nicasio Valderozza, started first week of February with activities sponsored by the city government and private groups.

Last Friday (Feb. 24), the city government feted the 2012 Local Achievers, who were selected for their exemplary contributions to the city with outgoing Archbishop Romulo Valles getting the highest honor, “Orgullo Primiar”. On February 22, the city also sponsored the cheer dance competition.

A highlight in the celebration is the staging of the 2012 Zamboanga International Film Festival at Mindpro cinema 1 and 3 and jointly organized by the FDCP and the city government. It features the screening of Filipino and Spanish independent films which were acclaimed internationally.

The celebration will continued until today February 29 with numerous other activities co-sponsored by private groups. — Sheila Covarrubias