Zambo gears up for Fiesta Hermosa 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 September 2012 14:06

Mayor Celso Lobregat presided over a meeting yesterday afternoon in City Hall to finalize the different activities for this year’s month-long Fiesta Hermosa Festival in October in line with the annual celebration of the feast of the miraculous Lady of the Pillar on October 12.

This year’s month-long celebration is anchored on the theme “Fiesta Hermosa… Mas Alegre na Zamboanga”. However, nothing was final yet on who will be invited as guest of honor and speaker during the main program on October 11 although there were suggestions to have either President Aquino or the new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.

The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is the grandest festival in Zamboanga every year. It is also being celebrated by Zamboanguenos all over the country and in other parts of the world.

Among the famed activities sponsored by the city government during the Fiesta Pilar celebration are the Regatta, a sail boat race at the R.T. Lim Boulevard; Mascota competition, a contest of beautiful Zamboanga made gowns; agri-trade fair; dance sport competition; Pesca Kita, a fishing competition at the Paseo del Mar; Wow sardinas, a sardine-eating spectacle at the R.T. Lim Boulevard; float parade and the street dance competition among others.

The festival is also packed with sports activities such as golf, table tennis, dart, basketball and others as well as art exhibits and beauty pageants for both adults and children.

The whole day of October 12, the feast day of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar, is relegated to religious activities with the Fort Pilar Shrine as the center of activities. From October 1-11 novena masses and processions are also scheduled.— Vic Larato