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Monday, 28 May 2012 15:14

Despite the drizzle, people flocked to the Paseo del Mar Saturday night for the Festival de las bellas y flores, the culminating activity of the month-long Summer Festival organized by the city government.

A total of 8 local fashion couturiers showcased their prowess as they battled it out in the contest of creativity, beauty and artistic ingenuity. They included Ramon “Monching”Fernandez, Frederick Rodriguez, Nilo Lacson, Joy Verar, Frederico Navarro, Jocquen Mar Sumaoang, Elmer Julian and Olivia Sanson.

Now on its 10th year, the Festival de las Bellas y Flores consisted of 3 competitions- the most outstanding arco, best gown and prettiest senorita. Based on the guidelines each designer must have a señorita to serve as model for their creation. These models were judged according to criteria and one of them will be crowned as the Prettiest Señorita.

Rodriguez brought home the grand prize of P15T in the arco competition while Elmer Julian garnered second place with P10T cash prize. Third placer was Fernandez with P5T cash prize.

In the best gown competition, Rodriguez also bested the other contestants for his ingenuity and creativity and went home with an additional P7,000. Second placer with P5,000 cash prize was Erich Minoza while 3rd placer was Ramon Fernandez with P3,000 cash prize.

The prettiest senorita title went to Jessica de Guia, who modeled Rodriguez’ gown creation, and received P5,000 cash prize. Second placer was Allison Maravilla, who modeled Erich Minoza’s creation and went home with P3,000 while Dianne Mariz Angeles, wearing Monching Fernandez’ creation, was adjudged third placer and received P2,000 cash prize.

Mayor Celso Lobregat during the program thanked the participants for their remarkable entries, which, he said, were reflective of Zamboanga’s rich and colorful history and culture.

Joining the mayor during the program were Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar and Rudy Lim and city department heads and other representatives from various government agencies and civic groups.

The city government, through the City Tourism Office intends to make every Summer Festival a grand event that will draw people from all over the country and the whole world.

Lobregat said the Las Bellas y Flores was the culminating event for this year’s Summer Festival which kicked off April 13 with the kite flying competition. He said the city government will continue to initiate ways and strategies in a bid to make Summer more exciting and fun-filled in the years to come.

The festival de las bellas y flores is the local version of the Sancracruzan, known as the Queen of Festivals in the country.

The flower fest kicked off with a parade of the arcos and the beauties with their escorts from the Ledesma Street (fronting the City Fire Department) up to the Paseo del Mar where the program was held, amidst the drizzle. — Sheila Covarrubias