ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 23 –The celebration of Zamboanga City's 72nd charter anniversary kicked off Tuesday with a cheer dance competition held at the Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. Memorial Sports Complex (JFEJMSC).
The cheer dance competition that started at 1 p.m. was participated by several elementary and secondary schools in this souhern port city.
Mayor Celso Lobregat said this year's charter aniversary carried the theme Zamboanga: Probao y Aprobao (proven and approved), which was in reference to the city governments track record of performance and accomplishments and record as an administration.
Lobregat said former Senator Franklin Drilon was invited as the keynote speaker of the charter day celebration on Friday, Feb. 26.
A grand civic-military parade at 1 p.m. will kick off the Dia de Zamboanga on Feb. 26.
This will be followed by the competicion de selyo de Zamboanga and the drum and lyre competition and the commemorative program at the JFEJMSC.
Other activities include medical-dental-surgical mission and feeding program by the Lingkod Timog Volunteers.
Post Dia de Zamboanga activities include the 13th Celso L. Lobregat Cup Dart Tournament from Feb. 26-27 at the Rams Beer garden and other activities sponsored by private groups.
Zamboanga is considered one of the countrys oldest cities having been established in 1635 and is one of the first charted cities and the sixth largest in the country.
It is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province.
Philippine Commonwealth Act 39 of 1936 signed by then President Manuel L. Quezon on Oct. 12, 1936 in Malacañang Palace created and established Zamboanga as a chartered city.
However, it was only on Feb. 26, 1937 when the first appointed officials of the city, led by then Mayor Nicassio Valderozza, were formally sworn into office–the reason for the celebration of the 72nd Charter Day anniversary on Feb. 26. (PNA) RMA/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb