Star of hope takes spotlight in Pascua fete PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:12

The star of hope or “estrellas de esperanza” takes center stage in this year’s celebration of “Pascua na Zamboanga”, the annual Christmas Festivity organized by the City Government that kicked off Monday, December 2.

Symbolizing hope in the light of the crisis and other challenges besetting the city, colorful star lanterns adorn City Hall complementing the theme “Build Back Better Un Familia Zamboangueño”.

Mayor Beng Climaco declared that the star of hope embodies the Zamboangueño families’ character of resiliency and strength amidst trials and adversities. She said the City has gone through a lot over the past months but people remain hopeful and strong.

Pascua na Zamboanga 2013 celebrations began Monday, officially kicking off the holiday season in the city.

A mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion ushered in the celebration, followed by the Parada del las Estrellas de Ezperanza which was participated in by the entire local government family.

Highlighting the event was the ceremonial switch on, led by Mayor Climaco, of City Hall’s annual light display. This year’s spectacle was noticeably more modest, in deference to the collective experience of all residents with the 23-day siege.

Despite the toned down celebration, the opening of the Pascua na Zamboanga nevertheless remained festive as local government employees and choral groups regaled the gathered crowd with Christmas carols and holiday presentations.

Among the activities lined up for this year’s Christmas activities are: Vinta Sailing (Dec. 2-15), Gulucinas y Comida de Pascua (Dec. 2 – 23), the City Government Christmas Gathering with Bobby Quitain and the City Government Service Awarding Ceremonies (Dec. 6), ABS-CBN’s Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na (Dec. 6), World Aids Day Celebration (Dec. 6), Weekend Christmas Fair (Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29), Best Belen Competition (Dec. 13), Arco de Pascua (Dec. 15 – 17), Mascota de Zamboanga (Dec. 17), and the Canciones de Pascua (Dec. 18).

In past years, Pascua na Zamboanga was one of the most celebrated festivals and celebrations in the city that makes the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ even more meaningful.

Pascua means Christmas, the celebration of the nativity of Jesus Christ. In most churches, the Bible readings and the sermons during Christmas season concern the birth of Christ, the slaughter of the innocents, the flight to Egypt, and other related biblical events.

The opening of Pascua na Zamboanga festival comes a day after the Catholic Church celebrated the first Sunday of advent, December 1. — Sheila Covarrubias/Jasmine Mohammadsali