The picturesque and scenic city of Zamboanga, known as the “City of Flowers” has its grand celebration of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival celebrated annually in the month of October. It attracts thousands of tourist and even locals because of its extravagant and outstanding manner of festivity. It is considered to be the grandest of all their festivals in Zamboanga.
When is Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2014
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival will take place on a Sunday, October 12. 2014
The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, traditionally known as the Fiesta Pilar was declared to be observed on the entire month of October in honor to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Pilar and has a 12 days and nights of events and festivities.
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival highlight is held every 12th of October.
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Origin
The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival was entrenched in Zamboanga’s rich Hispanic history and its profound religious fervour to the Nuestra Senora del Pilar who is the patron saint of Zamboanga even during the Spanish regime. They believe that it is their patron saint that unifies their culture and historical symbol and safeguards the boundary and its dwellers from foreign intruders.
In October 12, 1936, President Manuel L. Quezon signed the Commonwealth Act 39, establishing the Charter of Zamboanga City thus, appropriating the celebration of their patron saint.
Impressive Structures of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival
Demonstrating the Zamboanguenos’ regard and esteem to Our Lady of Pilar, there are nine nights of procession followed by cultural performances, fireworks display, musical events in street parade with colourful and awesome costumes.
There are also art and flower exhibits for everyone’s appreciation, street dance competition, cultural shows, musical concerts, trade fair, fashion shows, float parade and the search for Miss Zamboanga beauty pageant or the Mascotta competition.
One of the most awaited parts of the celebration is the “Regatta de Zamboanga where the famous colourful “Vintas” are sailed on the sea in a race competition.
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival will take place on Monday, October 12.