Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 Schedule

The City Government of Zamboanga are doing the preparations for the biggest festival in the city, Hermosa Festival or Fiesta Pilar. This year's celebration focuses on unity, harmony and friendship with the theme "Junto y Unido: Un Celebracion de Harmonia y Buen Amistad".

To kick start the festival, there will be pre-fiesta parades at the two districts of Zamboanga. On October 26, Saturday, 8AM, District 1 will have a Bandoreal Parade Competition starting from Butterfly Garden to Sta. Maria School Covered Court. Bandoreal is a unique parade from the city which features marching bands, higantes, payasos (clowns), and comical characters that will surely bring fun out in the streets. The next day, Oct 27, Sunday, 8AM, District 2 will also have the Bandoreal parade from the UZIHK to Yubengco Tetuan.

October 1 will mark the opening of the Hermosa Festival. The Grand Opening Salvo will start with a parade of streetdancers and the winning Bandoreals from ZC District Fire Station to the City Hall Grounds. The Mayor will official open the program with the symbolic lighting of the Fiesta Emblem followed by energetic dance performances.



On October 2-9, the R.T. Lim Boulevard will be transformed into a food strip at night for the Zamboanga Smoke Out: The Grilled Food Fiesta! which will feature an array of grilled food such as barbecues and steaks. At the same venue, there will also be a cook-off of Zamboanga's best restaurants during La Cocina Zamboanga. Each night, one restaurant will show us how to cook Zamboanga's best dishes. Live bands and comedians will also provide the entertainment for the rest of the night.

Want to shop? Zamboanga's major bazaars will bring out their goodies at the streets for the Grand Midnight Sale. A regional trade expo called ZAMPEX will show the products of locals from the city and provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula. For vegetables, flowers, processed goods and other agricultural products, head to Plaza Pershing for the Cosechas de Zamboanga trade fair. For souvenirs and novelty items, go to Petit Barracks to trade with the travelling merchants.

Zamboanga's diverse culture and rich history will be on the spotlight too during the Hermosa Festival. Visit the Centro Latino for the Zamboanga Art Exhibit, Conference on Culture, Arts and History, and special events at night. On Oct 5, Una Noche de Canciones will feature songs rendered by the City Government Grand Chorale. On Oct 6, Una Noche de Bailes will feature the folkdances from the region. On Oct 7, the Mascota de Zamboanga Competition will feature the unique Zamboangueña Filipiñiana attire created by the talented local designers. On Oct 8, listen to the Original contemporary Chavacano songs and watch their music videos during the Original Chavacano Video Music Festival.

A Philippine festival will never be complete without the street dance. This year the Street Dance Competition will be back where it should be, at the streets! On October 10, 1PM, from Canelar Street the competing street dancers will fill the city with colors in the tune of festive beats up to Paseo del Mar where the Grand Showdown will happen.

Some of the events are innovated this year such as the Parade of Lights which is a Float Parade competition which used to be a Floral Parade Contest. The Parade of Lights will feature floats illuminated by lights like huge lanterns on October 9, Friday, from RT Lim Boulevard to Paseo del Mar which will be followed by a foam party at the Paseo del Mar Esplanade. Another street party dubbed as Danza La Vida will feature Dj's from Manila to give the Zamboangueños the best EDM party in town on October 10, Saturday, 8PM at the Butterfly Garden, Pasonanca.

On the eve of the fiesta, October 11, 8AM, watch the famous Regatta de Zamboanga, a race of colorful Vintas of the Badjaos at the R.T. Lim Boulevard. During the feast day, follow the Procession to Fort Pilar celebrate with the city's patron saint La Virgen del Pilar. The next day, there will be a Sardines Festival, a one-day event to celebrate the city as the Sardine Capital of the country. There will be lots of activities which will commence with WOW Sardinas!, a grand boodle fight of sardines at the Paseo del Mar, 5PM. Vamos a Zamboanga and let's enjoy this year's fiesta with friendship, unity and harmony! Here's the full calendar of activities for Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015!



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04 August 2015

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities Schedule "Junto y Unido: Celebracion de Harmonia y Buen Amistad" Together and United: A Celebration of Harmony and Friendship! This year, preparations for Hermosa Festival is released earlier to promote the biggest Fiesta Pilar ever! New events are introduced and some are innovated so visitors will have a better Hermosa experience. Check out the Calendar of Activites for Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 here:

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities

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30 July 2015

Ilocos Tour 2015 - Vigan City

travel Vigan Ilocos Tour Sur Philippines tour tourism Calle Crisologo It was not the best time for touring northeast Luzon. Three typhoons are falling in line to enter the country. We decided to book our tickets during the New Year's promo coz particularly in this date for the long weekend. But, the show must go on and all we can do is enjoy one's company, and appreciate the fact that we have the time to spend for one another. Together with my college buddies, Carla, Jervin and Coline, we flew to Laoag on the 16th of July. Upon arriving Laoag, we headed straight to Vigan City on a 3-hour bus ride. We arrived at the city and the rain welcomed us. We checked in at RF Aniceto Mansion right at the end of Calle Crisologo, the famous cobble-stoned street at the heart of the city. We spent the night at the cozy room and just felt thankful that we arrived safe, and felt excited for the days to come. He're a photo story of Day 1 of our Ilocos Tour.

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Such beautiful interior! Bricked arches, wooden furniture, and a window view of the garden outside. A perfect ambiance to have breakfasts everyday!

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Our breakfast together after a long time.

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Time for the city tour! We hired a tricycle (Kuya JR) to take us around the city. It cost us 800 for a day tour, and could fit 4 persons. It's smaller than our tricycle here in Zamboanga. I went for the backseat so I can see the surroundings. Lots of lovely old houses!

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First stop, the St. Agustine Parish Church, also known as Bantay Church.

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At the right side of the church, there's a garden chapel with the beautiful ruins as a background. As per tradition, we lit candles and offered our prayers.

travel Vigan Ilocos Tour Sur Philippines tour tourism Bantay Church St Agustine Parish Bell Tower Belfry
Just nearby, we went the iconic belfry of Vigan, the Bantay Bell Tower, which sits on top of a hill. Before entering the complex, we gave a donation, and a guide assisted us in taking our photos. It's his idea for us to do this cheesy pose.hahaha Heart heart!

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Some wiki facts: The old historic belfry of the church known as the Bantay Tower, which served as a watchtower for pirates back in the Spanish colonial era, gave the town its name - bantay (meaning to guard).

travel Vigan Ilocos Tour Sur Philippines tour tourism Bantay Church St Agustine Parish Bell Tower Belfry
We went inside the tower and here's what it looked like. There are wooden staircase and the big windows offered us a view of the church and the nearby community.

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Groufie of a lifetime :)

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Next stop is the Syquia Mansion at Quirino Street. We paid 50 pesos each for the entrance.

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Goofing around the house. Beautiful design of the exterior, a carriage which was used by President Elipidio Quirino, and a garden at the center of the complex.

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Just outside the house, we spotted Irene's Empanada. Vigan holds an Empanada festival so we have to try their famous dish. I ordered the empanda with Vigan longganisa and egg, dipped in vinegar. I must admit, it didn't impress us much. Zamboanga has better versions but i guess we haven't tried the best they could offer.

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Then, our guide brought us to the famous Baluarte of Governor Chavit Singson. It's a zoo famous for Singson's Tigers.

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A must-do when you visit Baluarte is to take a picture with a Tiger. I had the privilege to hold the milk bottle to keep him steady. He's so cute!

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Rawr! First time to see huge dino sculptures. Amazing!

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Photo op :)

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There were miniature horses, tropical birds, geese and deers, too.

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At last, time for lunch! Kuya JR brought us to Hidden Garden, a beautiful garden resto.

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Food was great! Place was nice!

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It's almost 3 o'clock and we're very excited to see the main attraction of Vigan. So we skipped the Pottery factory and headed to Calle Crisologo. En route, we spotted St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral.

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And there we were, at Calle Crisologo. We hired a calesa, a horse carriage, which was the primary mode of transportation back in the days. This particular street is paved with cobble stone, which can only be used by calesas. No tricycles and cars allowed here. FYI, this loveley creature is named Sabrina.

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It was a surreal experience! We we're like kids, very estatic and giddy for our first calesa ride. We were overwhelmed by the beautiful view. Old hispanic buildings, red bricks peeping from the cracks, vintage lamps, capiz windows, handmade signages; just like in the movies.

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Just me and Vigan <3 travel Vigan Ilocos Tour Sur Philippines tour tourism Calle Crisologo
travel Vigan Ilocos Tour Sur Philippines tour tourism Calle Crisologo
After the one-hour tour, we decided to extend an hour. We haven't had the full experience of Calle Crisologo yet, so we decided to walk around and waited for night time to come. We bought some souvenirs, too.

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Manong said we should see Calle Crisologo at night when the buildings fade away, and only the facade and cobble stone are lit by the yellow light of the lamps. We waited, but time was running out, we have to get our bags back and head to the bus station.

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It wasn't the best time to tour but we made it our best tour! Thanks to my crazy fun buddies who can make me have the best time in my life. Always learn to appreciate! On my next post, we're going back to Laoag for the city tour.
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29 June 2015

CineChavacano Film and Animation Festival

June 23, 2015 - The city celebrates today the 4th Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano, in commemoration of the laying of the first cornerstone of Fuerza de San Jose on June 23, 1635, which, in 1719, was renamed Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa (Fort Pilar). The City Government prepared a lineup of activities for the special day including the first CineChavacano Film and Animation Festival. The film festival is the second film festival headed by the city this year after the successful Zamboanga Film Festival held during the Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

CineChavacano is unique because it features films using the Chavacano language. There are two categories: Live Action and Animation. In the animation category, the scope of content extended not only to short films but also to infographics or infommercials with Chavacano language. Among the seventeen applicants, seven entries animation and three live action films made it to the finals. Here are the finalists of CineChavacano:



"Mal Sueño" (Nightmare) by Ryan Covarrubias


"El Muerte del un Mariposa" (The Dead Butterfly) by Jorzheema Hamid



"Tagu-taguan" (Hide and Seek) by Aljhun Rey Canillo


"Tienda de Juguete" (Toy Store) by Dale Aldrin Maniego


"Comida Zamboanga" by Danie Alted Nebrija (Watch here)


"Movimiento" (Movement) by Aljhun Rey Canillo


"Terminado y Hecho" by Anthony Neil Drapiza


"Juego de Rol" (Role-playing Game) by Abraham Ysmael Alvarez


"El Niño Pescador" by Jerome Peniones


"Cuando Contigo" (When with you) by Jorzheema Hamid

In the end, "El Muerte del un Mariposa" by Jorzheema Hamid grabbed the Grand Prize for the live action category while Dale Maniego's "El Tienda de Juguete" won the Grand Prize for the animation category. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners and we hope to see you next year in our film festivals! Continue to create Chavacano films and tell the stories of Zamboanga through this craft! Viva Cine Chavacano!



For more updates on Zamboanga City Government events, like Zoom In Zamboanga City on facebook.
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08 June 2015

Zamboanga City Govt Calendar of Activities for June 2015

Here are the upcoming activities of the City Government under the coordination of the special events team. On June 12, the city will commemorate the nation's 153rd Independence Day with a flag-raising ceremony, commemorative program and community activities at the city hall grounds. A week after, on June 19, we will commemorate our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal's 117th Birth anniversary at Plaza Rizal.



On June 23, the city will celebrate the 4th Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano, which traces its roots to the laying of the cornerstone of “Fuerza de San Jose” on June 23, 1635, which, in 1719, was renamed as “Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (Fort Pilar). The city organized the 1st Chavacano Film Festival, CINEChavacano, which aims to promote and preserve the language and its stories through live action and animated films. 10 finalists per category will be selected which will be screened at the Cinematheque Zamboanga on July 24 to 28. For guidelines and entry forms, please visit the facebook page of Zoom In Zamboanga. Direct link to the forms is also provided below. Other activities of Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano include the Battle of the Bands and a Public Debate Exhibition.


Download guidelines and entry forms here.
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13 May 2015

#DanzaVerano

Save the date! On May 23, 2015, Zamboanga will have the grandest party at sundown at Paseo del Mar. Danza Verano, a festival of Art, Fashion and Music is the first of its kind in the region. It is a celebration of the glorious days of sun and fun in Zamboanga City. One of the components of Danza is a open Art fair where people can bring home handcrafted art and accessories, and take pictures at the photobooth. Winners of the four categories in the Zamboanga Hiphop Dance Competition will have an encore performance and house prizes will be given away.

Local DJ's and percussionist will lead the crowd with the latest soundtracks of the season. Limited passes are distributed at the Paseo del Mar outlets: Mano-mano na Paseo, Pinokyo, Bistro and Distrito. Danza Tank tops are also up for orders by KingJay Prints for only P250. Here's the breakout ad for Danza Verano. See you there!


Danza Verano 2015 from Zoom In Zamboanga City on Vimeo.

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