City sets Pascua na Zambo 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 November 2010 13:26

The city government of Zamboanga gears up for Pascua na Zamboanga 2010, a two-week festival aimed to spread Christmas cheers and spirit in the merry month of December.

The festival will kick off December 3, Friday with the traditional lantern parade that will be highlighted by the ceremonial switch-on of the City Hall and Plaza Pershing Christmas landmarks. 
Mayor Celso Lobregat will lead 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.

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. It will include numerous competitions, among which are the inter-barangay Christmas landmark competition from Dec. 6-14; canciones de Pascua  (inter-elementary school Christmas chorale competition) on Dec. 9 at 5pm at the Plaza Pilar and best dressed in Santa Claus competition on Dec. 12 at 10am at the Convention Center of the Garden Orchid Hotel.

Big prizes await the winners of the different competitions.

Evaluation for the open lantern competition will be Dec. 13 at 10am while the awarding ceremony for the lantern competition as well as the inter-barangay Christmas landmark contest will be held on Dec. 15 at 6pm at the Plaza Pilar.

Meanwhile, the Christmas lantern tilt is open to all except city government officials and employees. The entries must use the colors of Christmas; visible or lighted at night; made of an all weather material and should not be more than one meter nor less than one half meter in diameter. Only 20 lanterns will be officially accepted to the competition.  Deadline for the submission of entries is Dec. 8 at the City Tourism Division at the Sunken Garden.

Criteria for judging will include indigenous material (5%); originality (20%); artistry (20%); symbolism (25%) and craftsmanship (30%) for a total of 100%.

Winners will receive cash prizes and trophies: first prize (P10,000); second prize (P7,000); third prize (P5,000); fourth prize (P3,000) and fifth prize (P2,000) while non-winning qualified entries will receive a consolation prize of P1,000 each. Top 3 winning entries will automatically be the property of the city government.

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.

In the Philippines, the Christmas season begins on the 16th of December which marks the start of the Misa de Aguinaldo or Misa de Gallo, the 9-day series of pre-dawn masses. Churches are lit up in the early morning as the church grounds are filled with stalls selling Christmas delicacies and other wares.

By Sheila Covarrubias