Huge crowd flocks Paseo, Plaza Pershing on Eidul Fitr PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:16

Hordes of people yesterday flocked Paseo del Mar, Plaza del Pilar and Plaza Pershing in celebration of Eidul Fitr, the end of the fasting season during the Holy month of Ramadan.

As early as 5pm, people from all ages, group and religion filled the parks, developed and improved by the City Government as an alternate entertainment site, for their bonding moments.

People came in groups either as a family, a group of friends or couples to taste the food, enjoy the ambience, or to enjoy each other’s company while watching or enjoying the facilities such as the musically gyrating fountain at the Paseo and the multi-patterned fountain at the Plaza Pershing.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who made the rounds of the 3 parks, was overwhelmed by the thousands of people who flocked to the parks. He was elated and happy that the people appreciate the City Government’s initiatives.

He said the city government is happy to have been able to provide such facilities which are now being enjoyed and benefited by the constituents. This is the reason why, he said, his administration is undertaking more initiatives to further improve the parks and other attraction sites.

In random interviews most people expressed delight at the improvements and other amenities being introduced at the parks especially at the Paseo del Mar and Plaza Pershing.

Abdullah Tapsir, a father from Rio Hondo who brought 16 of his family members for a picnic at the Paseo del Mar said the family chose the Paseo as the venue for the celebration of Eidul Fitr not only because of its ambience but because of the amenities it offers.

He is thankful that the city government has decided to establish the Paseo del Mar which is now the favourite hangout of people of all ages, religion and beliefs.

Paseo del Mar is currently undergoing more improvements with the construction of a multi-purpose building/convention center with fully-equipped theatre-type hall, conference room to include an area for fine dining for concessionaires and a huge assembly hall intended to host exhibits, trade fairs and gatherings. A natural aquarium will also be constructed soon  in collaboration with the Zamboanga City State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSMST), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the City Agriculturist Office.

On the other hand, the Plaza Pershing, located near City Hall, is newly refurbished and has been another favourite site for most people since its re-opening last October. — Sheila Covarrubias