As Zambo gears for Fiesta, pray, honor La Virgen del Pilar — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 September 2012 14:36

As Zamboanga City gears for Fiesta Hermosa 2012 in celebration of the feast day of Nuestra Señora de La Virgen del Pilar in October, Mayor Celso Lobregat has reminded residents not to forget the true meaning of the event which is to pray and to honor La Virgen del Pilar.

“Let us pray and ask for continuous guidance and protection”, the mayor said in a message after the first Friday mass in City Hall officiated by Fr. Manny Martinez yesterday morning. “A month from now we will be celebrating our fiesta in honor of the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, we will all be busy, but although we have so many activities, let us not forget the true meaning of the Fiesta”.

The other day, the mayor presided over a coordinating conference to finalize preparations for Fiesta Hermosa, a series of activities starting from October 1 leading up to October 12, fiesta day and declared a holiday in Zamboanga.

This year’s fiesta will be themed “Fiesta Hermosa 2012...Mas Alegre na Zamboanga” and will have a string of events sponsored by the city government and private groups.

Popular activities organized by the city government will include the Regatta, a sail boat race at the R.T. Lim Boulevard; Mascota competition, a contest of beautiful Zamboangueño-made gowns; agri-trade fair, an exhibit of agricultural products at the Plaza Pershing; 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.

In the same message, Mayor Lobregat also sought continuous support and cooperation of City Government officials and employees attending the mass, to ensure constant and accelerated delivery of services to the people of Zamboanga.

“We have 10 months to go under our administration, let us not waste any time, let us continue to do things right with a sense of urgency”, the mayor emphasized.

He likewise took the opportunity of extending his birthday greetings to District 1 Representative Beng Climaco who celebrated her birthday yesterday and to District II Representative Erbie Fabian who will celebrate his birthday on September 12.

“Today is also the birthday of Cong. Climaco and Cong. Fabian will celebrate his birthday within this month, so let us pray for both of them and may the Holy Spirit give them the guidance on whatever decisions that they will make”, Lobregat added. — Sheila Covarrubias