‘Dia de Zamboanga’ fete heats up PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 February 2013 11:49

The City Coliseum in Tetuan will be the center of activities on Thursday, February 21, as the City Government holds the 11th Cheer Dance Competition in celebration of the 76th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Various high school and college quads, which submitted their entry forms with the City Tourism Office last week, will battle it out for the title during the 2-hour competition. Huge cash prizes are at stake for the winners.

On Friday, February 22, will be the start of the two-day 2nd International Film Festival, a free exhibit of short Filipino and international films at the Mindpro Cinema. Screening will start at 9am from Feb. 22-23.

The Red Carpet Night will be at 7pm at Centro Latino Hall at Paseo del Mar on Feb. 23.

The film festival is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the City Government and is intended to create a platform to showcase great short films and as importantly, to promote and stimulate local film making.

Highlight of the international film festival event will be the Cine Chabacano short film competition.

February 23- 24, meanwhile, will be the Zamboanga Food Festival that will feature native delicacies and cuisines at the Plaza del Pilar. It will start from 5pm onwards.

The Achievers’ Night which fetes hardworking and successful Zamboangueños will be held February 25, the eve of Dia de Zamboanga, at the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar at 7pm.

The Dia de Zamboanga celebration on February 26 will kick off at 1pm with the grand parade to be participated by all sectors from N.S. Valderoza St. to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial sports Complex in Baliwasan.

The commemorative program highlighted by the drum and lyre competition with high school participants and the competicion del Sello de Zamboanga will follow at 3PM.

Aurora Congressman Juan Edgardo Angara will be the keynote speaker and guest during the main program on February 26, which has been declared a special non-working day in Zamboanga City.

Dia de Zamboanga marks the day when the first set of city officials led by appointed Mayor Nicasio Valderoza were installed into office, 76 years ago. — Sheila Covarrubias