Celso declares October as Hermosa Fest Month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:12

Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued an executive order declaring the period from October 1-31 as the “Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Month” and enjoining the people of Zamboanga City, the business, private and other sectors to actively participate in all activities for the month-long celebration.

In his Executive Order No. CL-473-2012 dated September 10, this year, Lobregat cited Republic Act 7350 declaring October 12 of every year as a special non-working holiday in the city of Zamboanga in celebration of the feast of the city’s patroness, the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

He further said it was also on October 12, 1936 when then President Manuel L. Quezon signed into law Commonwealth Act No. 39, creating the Charter of Zamboanga City.

Thus, to commemorate the said event 76 years ago, the chief executive declared October as the “Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Month” with various activities lined up for the entire month.

Specifically, Lobregat called upon all Zamboangueños, including the business, private and other sectors in the city to join the occasion by warmly welcoming all guests and visitors of the city during the celebration, and to actively participate in all activities.

The business establishments were also enjoined to decorate the entrances of their respective buildings and give discounts and promotional materials to their customers for the duration of the month-long celebration.

To recall, the city government has this early already finalized the different activities for this year’s Fiesta Hermosa Festival in October with 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