City gears for ‘Dia de Zambo’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 February 2014 12:48

Zamboanga City braces for the celebration of “Dia de Zamboanga” on February 26, marking the 77th anniversary since the first set of city officials was sworn into office.

As this developed, Malacanang recently issued Proclamation 717 declaring February 26, Wednesday, a special non-working holiday in Zamboanga City to give residents the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

By the authority of President Benigno Aquino III, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. signed the proclamation February 7 based on a request sent by Mayor Beng Climaco.

A myriad of activities organized by the City Government and others initiated by the private sector have been lined up to celebrate the historical event. The activities started February 9 with the Dia de Senador Roseller T. Lim and will culminate March 1.

Highlights of the celebration are the City-sponsored events starting with the 8th Zamboanga Food Festival on Feb. 21-23 from 6pm onwards at the Plaza del Pilar; Documentary of Zamboanga City mayors on Feb. 24 from 9am to 4pm at the Centro Latino and the Cheer Dance Competition on Feb. 24 at 1pm at the City Coliseum in Tetuan.

There will also be other sports competitions such as the Champion of champions Basketball Tournament will also happen on Feb. 24-26 from 5-8pm at the City Coliseum, Volleyball Tournament from Feb. 25-26 from 8am-5pm at the Sta. Maria Elementary School grounds, Table Tennis from Feb. 25-26 from 8am-5pm and the Karate-Do on Feb. 26 from 8am-5pm both at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School. All these sports activities are organized by Councilor Roel Natividad.

On Feb. 25 at 2pm at the Paseo del Mar will be the Drum and Lyre Competition (High School Level) while at 7pm the same day will be the 12th Local Achievers’ Awards  at the Centro Latino also in Paseo del Mar.

On February 26 the activities will kick off with the inauguration of the Cinematheque-Zamboanga and the unveiling of the Manuel Conde statue at Legionaire Road followed by the opening of the 2nd International Film Festival at 1:30pm at the cinematheque. All these activities will be spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

The screening of the opening film “Blancanieves” will be February 27-28 from 9am to 4:30pm at the MIndpro Cinema 1 and the screening of Spanish films will be follow at the Feb. 28-March 1 from 9:30am-4:30pm at the Cinematheque.

The grand civic military parade will be held on Feb. 26 at 4pm from Ledesma Street to Paseo del Mar to be followed by the Commemorative Program t 4:30pm and the Open-Air Peace Concert also at the Paseo del Mar at 6:30pm.

Other activities included in the Dia de Zamboanga Calendar of Events are the Copa de Ciudad (Open Invitational Bowling Tournament) on Feb. 21-23 from 6pm onward at the Tebi and Sean Recreational Center and the Coronation of the Quest for Miss Red Cross on Feb 21 at 7pm at the Celebrity Hall, Astoria Hotel organized by the Philippine National Red Cross- Zamboanga Chapter.

The Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (ZCCIFI) led by Edwin To is organizing the City-Wide Sale by major shopping malls in the city from Feb. 25-March 2.

New addition in this year’s Dia de Zamboanga celebration is the Birds’ Festival which will draw to the city thousands of bird watchers from all over the country and other parts of the world.  Organized by the Department of Tourism and the Wild Bird Foundation, the Birds Festival will kick off Feb. 27 with bird watching from 8am onward followed by the Welcome Dinner at the Centro Latino.

Birding lectures will be held Feb. 28 from 8am to 12noon at Centro Latino. On the same day will be the parade from Plaza Pershing to Paseo del Mar at 1pm followed by the Festival Opening Ceremony  and Photo Exhibit at 2pm at Centro Latino.

On March 1, Festival destination and photo exhibit viewing from 8am to 4pm.

The Dia de Zamboanga is also known as the Charter Anniversary of the City. It marks the day when the first set of City officials led by Mayor Nicasio Valderoza was sworn into office. The city’s charter declaring Zamboanga a  city was signed by President Manuel Quezon on October 12, 1036. — Sheila Covarrubias