Zambo observes 74th Charter Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 February 2011 16:50

Zamboangueños commemorate the 74th Dia de Zamboanga celebration today, February 26, marking the day when the city was inaugurated as a charter in 1937 with the late Hon. Nicasio Valderroza as the first appointive mayor and five others as members of the City Council.

Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama, formerly assigned as Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command chief, will be the keynote speaker during the program that will be held at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan at 3 PM.

The celebration today will kick off with the grand parade in the city’s main thoroughfares at 1 p.m. Participants will converge at the NS Valderroza St. fronting City Hall and will march to the grandstand in Baliwasan where the city seal and the drum and lyre competitions will be held.

Commonwealth Act Number 139 otherwise known as the Charter of the City of Zamboanga was approved on October 12, 1936 by President Manuel L. Quezon. The celebration of the Dia de Zamboanga every February 26 is based on resolution 669 approved on Oct. 15, 1986 declaring Feb. 26, 1987 as the 50th anniversary of the formal inauguration of Zamboanga as a chartered city and proclaiming February 26th of every air year as Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Last night Mayor Lobregat feted 7 institutions and individuals who have attained exceptional achievements and victories in various fields of endeavours in fitting rites dubbed “2011 Local Achievers’ Award”.

Highlighting this year’s Dia de Zamboanga celebration is the Sineng Pambansa: Zamboanga Film Festival 2011, the first of its kind in Zamboanga, held from February 23-25 at the MIndpro Cinemas 1 and 3.

The film fest showcased 10 films and was a joint project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the city government.

The Dia de Zamboanga activities will continue until tomorrow, February 27 with the Zamboanga Run, a people powered run to build classrooms and organized by the People Power Volunteer center at 5am, the 4th Dia de Zamboanga Regional Karatedo Tournament Championship at the Baliwasan grandstand at 9 am, Globe’s “Super Beats” featuring Rachel Ann Go and John Pratts at the city coliseum at 6pm and the Search for Zamboanga Pop Idol 2011 at the Paseo del Mar at 8pm. — Sheila Covarrubias