ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 30 - The local government through the City Tourism and Investment Office is now finalizing the calendar of activities for the 2012 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival marking the Fiesta Pilar celebration in Zamboanga City in October.
As this developed, City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez calls on all private groups and individuals who wish to include their activities in this citys Fiesta calendar of events to immediately coordinate with her office on or before Friday, August 31.
Every year, the city government lines up a series of activities from October 1-12 to fittingly commemorate the feast of Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pilar, Zamboanga Citys patroness.
Private groups or individuals also hold their own activities in celebration of the Fiesta and are included in this citys calendar of events.
The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is the grandest festival in Zamboanga every year.
It is also being celebrated by Zamboangueños all over the country and in other parts of the world.
Among the famed activities sponsored by the city government during the Fiesta Pilar celebration are the Regatta, a sail boat race at the R.T. Lim Boulevard; Mascota competition, a contest of beautiful Zamboanga made gowns; agri-trade fair; dance sport competition; Pesca Kita, a fishing competition at the Paseo del Mar; Wow Sardinas, a sardine-eating spectacle at the R.T. Lim Boulevard; float parade and the street dance competition among others.
The festival is also packed with sports activities such as golf, table tennis, dart, basketball and others as well as art exhibits and beauty pageants for both adults and children.
The whole day of October 12, the feast day of Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, is relegated to religious activities with the Fort Pilar Shrine as the center of activities.
From October 1-11, novena masses and processions are also scheduled. (PNA)
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