Food trippers swarm Pascua’s food fest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 December 2012 14:48

Eight food concessionaires put forward their best offerings during the two-day Christmas Food Festival mounted by the City Government Dec. 7-8 at the Plaza del Pilar. 

People wanting to taste variety of delicious cuisines and sweet goodies flocked to Plaza del Pilar during the two-day exhibit aimed at spicing up the Pascua na Zamboanga celebration.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Western Mindanao Command Chief Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo led the opening of the food fest Friday along with guests from the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P).

The cooperators in the two-day food fest were Alavar Seafood House (Tetuan branch), Chinito’s D’ Gathering Place (Camanchile Drive), Dear Manang, Teng’s Grill (Gov. Camins), Grand fiesta Restaurant (Guiwan highway and Canelar), Colette’s (Ruste Drive, San Jose), Mai Chai (Paseo del Mar) and the 4-H Club.
For only P150, participants to the food fest were treated with 4-5 combo meals including the selections of desserts.

Adding excitement to the food exhibit was angelic voices of the Ayala Central School Choir which presented their winning pieces in the recently concluded 2012 Canciones de Pascua. A local band spiced up the musical entertainment that turned on the yuletide excitement at Plaza Pilar.

Lobregat thanked the participating food concessionaires for their continuous support and cooperation to the City’s effort to promote chabacano-inspired delicacies.
In his opening message, the mayor cited the significance of the Christmas celebration as he called on the constituents to never veer away from the true meaning of the celebration.

Christmas is a time of joy, hope and gratitude for the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, he said stressing “let us continue to pray and thank the Lord Almighty and Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar for all the guidance, protection and the blessings that we continue to receive”.

The Christmas Food Festival, the second since last year was one of the highlights of the 2012 Pascua na Zamboanga which kicked off December 3 with the lantern parade and the ceremonial switch on of Christmas lights and decors at the Plaza Pershing City Hall, Paseo del Mar and the Plaza Pilar.

Other events in line with Pascua na Zamboanga are the “One Mega Fair”, a Christmas bazaar organized by the Tzu Chi Foundation in cooperation with the city government and other agencies today, Sunday, December 9 from 8 a.m. at the Convention Center of Garden Orchid Hotel.

The Best Dressed in Santa Claus Costume competition and Christmas Night Market are set on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Vista del Mar. The Night market will run until Dec. 23.

There will also be alumni homecoming activities. First is the Ateneo Alumni Homecoming from Dec. 7 to 9 at the Ateneo Campus, and the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Alumni Homecoming from Dec. 14-15 at the university campus.

The Claret School will also have its Alumni Homecoming on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. at the school’s open field, while the Immaculate Conception Elementary School Homecoming will be on Dec. 29 in Tetuan (Jumbo Bridge).

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Zamboanga will have its 65th Induction and Turnover ceremonies on Dec. 15 at a local hotel.

The closing program and awarding ceremonies are scheduled on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Paseo del Mar where the winners of the Open-Lantern competition, Best Christmas Landmark competition, 2nd Christmas Food Festival, Best Buffet Presentation, Best Christmas Cuisine and Best Christmas Goodies will be awarded.

The most-awaited activity is the New Year’s Countdown from 9 p.m. of Dec. 31 to 12 midnight of Jan 1, 2013 at Paseo del Mar.

Pascua na Zamboanga is a 15-day festival intended to spread the Yuletide joys and cheers. — Sheila Covarrubias