Vinta sailing now available at Paseo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 July 2012 14:11

Vinta sailing is now an additional attraction at the scenic Paseo del Mar.

This, as the Department of Tourism in partnership with the City government on Saturday officially launched “Vinta Sailing at Paseo” as part of the effort to preserve and promote Zamboanga City’s cultural identity through colorful vinta sails and at the same time develop new programs to attract both domestic and foreign tourists.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and DOT Regional Director Maryjune Bugante spearheaded the launching program drawing crowds of people—tourists and local residents—each one hoping to get the chance to feel the fun-filled experience aboard the vinta.

With the official launching Saturday, the added attraction will be available every Saturday and Sunday at an affordable cost of P50 for a 20-30 minute ride around the picturesque Paseo del Mar. At least 5 boats or vintas with colorful sails will be on standby at the Paseo for anyone who wishes to enjoy the sea ride.

Director Bugante said the main objective of Vinta Sailing at the Paseo is to provide additional tourism product both for the locals and the tourists and at the same time provide the badjaos, who operate the vintas or boats an additional income.

The vintas or boats being used in the campaign have complied with the requirements set by the DOT, the Philippine Coast Guard and other concerned
agencies. Each passenger will be equipped with life vests.

Mayor Lobregat commended the DOT initiative saying it makes the tourism branding “More Fun in the Philippines and More Fun in Zamboanga” very meaningful. “Indeed it is more fun in Zamboanga, mas alegre na Zamboanga. It will give the chance not only for tourists but for residents to see the vintas more often not only during the Regatta”.

Aside from the unique language Chabacano, which is a derivative of the Spanish language, the vinta sail is also one of the symbols of Zamboanga City. This traditional symbol of Zamboanga dates back to the Sama ancestors using vinta sails whenever they go out on a fishing venture. Since then, it became of a symbol, a cultural identity of Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias