Dia de Zamboanga activities heat up PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 February 2011 14:14

Zamboanga City will be bustling with activities this week, as it gears up for a full blast celebration of the 74th Dia de Zamboanga on Saturday, February 26.

Considered a significant milestone in the city’s political history,  Dia de Zamboanga marks the day when the newly-appointed officials of the city headed by Mayor Nicasio Valderroza took their oath following the declaration of Zamboanga as a chartered city on October 12, 1937.

The highlighting activities commence tomorrow Tuesday, February 22 with the open cheer dance competition year 9 at 1 pm at the City Coliseum in Tetuan. Public and private colleges and universities have enlisted for the competition, organized by the city government through the City Tourism Division.

An added feature in this year’s Dia de Zamboanga celebration will be the Sineng Pambansa: Zamboanga Film Festival 2011 at the MIndpro Cinema from February 23 (Wednesday) up to Feb. 25.

Organized jointly by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the city government, the Zamboanga film festival will showcase the screening of 10 independent Filipino films in line with the FDCP thrust to revitalize the local film industry through its slogan “bringing back Filipino films to the Filipinos”. It was first launched in Ilo-ilo city last month and is now revolving in the different cities in the country.

Red Carpet Night will be Wednesday at 7pm at the National Museum Courtyard while Recognition Night will be on Thursday, February 24 at 7pm at the La Vista del Mar.

The conduct of Sineng Pambansa in Zamboanga was formalized during the signing of memorandum of agreement between FDCP chair Briccio Santos and Mayor Celso Lobregat February 2 in City Hall.
February 23 will also be the search for the Señorita/Señorita de Salud, a popularity contest organized by the City Health Office at 2pm at the City Coliseum in Tetuan.

On the same day, residents and visitors will also witness a talk and a book launching dubbed “Peace Warriors: On Trail with Filipino Soldiers, organized by the office of Cong. Beng Climaco. It will be held at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University at 3pm.

On the eve of Dia de Zamboanga, February 25, the city government will honor local achievers or people who brought honor to Zamboanga and who have excelled in various fields. The Achievers’ Night will be held at 7pm at the Garden Orchid Convention Center.

February 25 will also be the start of the 2-day dart tourney dubbed 14th Celso Lobregat Cup Open Dart Tournament. It will start at 8pm at the Ram’s Beer Garden and Restaurant in Gov. Camins.
The Dia de Zamboanga celebration will kick off with the grand parade to be participated by government and non-government workers and different sectors from N.S. Valderroza Street to Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan at 1pm.  The drum and lyre competition will be held at the grandstand after the parade.

At 3 pm the same day will be the commemorative program also at the Baliwasan grandstand with Navy Flag Officer-in command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama as guest of honor and speaker. Winners to the “Competicion de Selyo” will also be announced during the program.

The 1st Fishing competition organized by the Zamboanga Chabacano Angler’s Club (ZCAC) will also be held on February 26, Saturday from 7am to 11am at the Country Club Golf Course and Beach Resort.

The Dia de Zamboanga celebration will continue until the 27th of this month with the conduct of the Zamboanga Freedom Run, an activity organized by Cong. Beng Climaco of District I. It will be held at 5am at the Baliwasan grandstand.

On the same day, Sunday, will be the 4th Dia de Zamboanga Regional Karatedo Tournament Championship at 1pm at the Baliwasan Grandstand. At 8pm the same day will be the Search for Zambonaga Pop Idol 2011 at 8pm at the Paseo del Mar.

All city government sponsored activities are organized by the City Tourism division under the office of the mayor. — Sheila Covarrubias