Zambo folks celebrate 77th Dia de Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:38

Resilient and vibrant amidst the challenges, Zamboanga City today celebrates a triumphant milestone marking the day when the first set of city officials were formally installed into office 77 years ago.

Themed “Build Back Better Zamboanga”, the celebration will kick off with the inauguration of the cinematheque Zamboanga and the unveiling of the Manuel Conde statue at the FDCP building in Zone IV at 9am. It will be followed by the opening of the 2nd Zamboanga International Film Festival and the 2-day film viewing from Feb. 27-28.

These activities are organized by the Film Development Council (FDC) in partnership with the city government in line with its commitment to promote quality short films in the countryside.

The grand civic-military parade will commence at 4pm from Ledesma Street to Paseo del Mar where the commemorative program will follow. The celebration will culminate with the Dia de Zamboanga Peace Concert at 6pm also at Paseo del Mar.

Spanish Ambassador Pedro Domecq to be represented by Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Ignacio Perez Cambra will be the guest of honor during the program.

Malacañang has declared February 26 as a special non-working day in Zamboanga through Presidential Proclamation 717 to allow residents to fittingly celebrate the occasion.

The Dia de Zamboanga activities initially reeled off February 9 with the Dia Roseller Lim and will end March 1 with the culmination of the first ever Birds’ Festival.

Last night, the City honoured 9 individuals, companies and agencies for their invaluable service and outstanding contributions to the city in a fitting affair dubbed as “Local Achievers’ Award” held at Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar.

Yesterday afternoon, drum and lyre bands from 8 secondary schools slugged it out for the title in the Drum and Lyre Competition at the Paseo del Mar. Participants included Arena Blanco National High School, Ayala National High School, Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Southern City Colleges, Talisayan National High School, Talon-Talon National High School, Universidad de Zamboanga and Zamboanga City High School – Main.

Meanwhile, the Western Mindanao State University and Zamboanga City High – Main cheer squads dominated their respective category during Monday’s cheerdance competition at the City Coliseum.

WMSU bagged first place in the college category while Universidad de Zamboanga and Southern City Colleges claimed second and third honors, respectively.

In the high school category, ZCHS-Main bested its competitors to claim the top prize, with Talon-Talon National High School placing second and Culianan High School third.

Winning squads in both categories took home P15,000, P10,000 and P7,500, respectively, while non-winning groups received P5,000 each. — Sheila Covarrubias with report from Claudine Uniana