Grand parade, drum-lyre, seal tilts highlight Dia celebration PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 February 2011 17:05

Zamboanga City unfolded another moment in history as it marked its Charter Day celebration yesterday, 74 years after its first set of appointive officials were sworn into office. 

Thousands of young students, teachers, leaders, professionals, local and national government employees, workers from the private sector, barangay officials, volunteers and other groups participated in the different activities that kicked off with a grand parade followed by the drum and lyre competition and floral seal competitions at the Baliwasan grandstand.

The celebration started as early as the first day of the week with the open cheer dance competition February 22 and the first ever Sineng Pambansa from Febrary 23-25. On the eve of the Dia de Zamboanga, Mayor Lobregat headed city government officials in honouring Zamboangueno achievers who attained victories and accomplished exemplary feats in an affair dubbed Achievers’ Night.

The highly-significant events showcased the city’s successes and accomplishments. 
Navy Flag Officer-in-command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama congratulated the city and its people for all its accomplishments and feats. He likewise thanked Mayor Lobregat and the other city officials for inviting him to be the celebration’s guest of honor and peaker and for bestowing on him the title “Hijo Adoptivo de la Ciudad de Zamboanga” or Adopted son of Zamboanga.

“The lasting peace and sustained progress in Zamboanga, Asia’s Latin City are testaments to the mutual cooperation and strong partnership forged among the officials of Zamboanga City, other local agenices and Fleet-Marine units assigned in Naval Forces Western Mindanao”, Admiral Pama said adding “it gives me more honor and pleasure to join you as you enjoy the finer fruits of that cooperation”.

Mayor Lobregat in his welcome message urged the residents to continue working together and accomplish great things for the city.

The swearing in of the first appointive officials headed by then Mayor Nicasio Valderroza last February 26, 1937 came four months after Commonwealth Act 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 Dia de Zamboanga every February 26 is based on resolution 669 approved on Oct. 15, 1986 declaring February 26, 1987 as the 50th Anniversary of the formal inauguration of Zamboanga as chartered city and proclaiming February 26th every year as Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga

The celebration of the Dia de Zamboanga continues until today, 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