2016 CineChavacano Festival de Película y Animación

By virtue of Ordinance 374, the 23rd of June is officially recognized as the city’s Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano to commemorate the founding and encourage the use of the Chavacano language.

For the second year, the local government is hosting the Cine Chavacano to showcase our local language through short films produced, written, and directed by homegrown filmmakers.



Love and hatred, flaw and beauty, friendship and adversary, failure and success. Now on its 2nd year, CineChavacano Festival de Película y Animación features an array of Chavacano stories, which will be screened at the Centro Latino Theater Room, Paseo del Mar from June 20 to 23, 2016. Here are the finalists of this year's CineChavacano.

PELÍCULAS (Live Action Category)



Tiempo (Time)
Directed by Tennyl Dehm Canlas

Synopsis: Sam, a 20-year-old college girl discovers that she can turn back time but little did she know that there are consequences along the way.



Entre Medio del Fin (In the middle of an end)
Directed by Ryanne Murcia

Synopsis: Khalil and Danny are left to figure out their lives after Ayesha, who promised to give them her child, decided to go back with Omar, the father of the child, who left her before.



Su Puesto (In their place)
Directed by Kendrick Rico

Synopsis: Five personas face their daily struggles in life such as bullying, abuse and prejudice. Each of them represents different problems and issues in this world that needs solution.



El Cara de Mama (The face of my mother)
Directed by Kimberly R. Kilat

Synopsis: In the process of knowing one’s self is also knowing one’s root.



Sombra (shadow)
Directed by Sheena Mae Alcala

Synopsis: With recurring shifts of personality, Miko shows his hidden alter-self, his shadow, which brought him to finding his seemingly predominant personality, pushing him to plot revenge.



Escondido Amor (Hidden Love)
Directed by Icy Mae Colipano

Synopsis: A coming out story of a gay guy,explore the bizarre characteristics of love in the most exotic and erotic way.



Lengua Pranka (The Forthright Tongue)
Directed by Pristine Padua
Co-directed by Lee Why Halasan

Synopsis: Pepita, more fondly called Pipay, is forced to live in Zamboanga, a place she has never been to nor whose language she understands; here she must work hard for her education, and she must work harder to understand and be understood.



Next Time
Directed by Mark Kim Tayona

Synopsis: We choose the moments that we want to remember. A guy meets a girl at twelve midnight in a twenty-four hour store. They rewind time with their stories until they’re both synced. We choose the moments we want to remember; and after every great moment, we wish for a next time.

ANIMACIÓN (Animation Category)



Despedido (Departed)
Directed by Ryan Covarrubias

Synopsis: A story about defeating self-doubt or defeating your old self.



El Bloques (The blocks)
Directed by Danica Jane Follero

Synopsis: The story is about a little girl who is playing alone inside her room. Despite her solitariness, she learns to accept what she has and where she is.



El Amenazo (The Threat)
Directed by Kendrick Rico

Synopsis: The blood cells play their roles to help maintain the health of a human body. One day, a white blood cell had an abnormal mutation and turned into a dangerous cancer cell.



Dividido (Divided)
Directed by Aljhun Rey Canillo

Synopsis: In a society where the poor and the rich are divided and separated by a tall wall, two boys, Anton and Olot, developed an unexpected friendship.



Fallares (Flaw? Where?)
Directed by Jade Christel de Guzman

Synopsis: A personal dilemma leads a girl to discover what it takes to bloom.

Watch the Omnibus Trailer of ‪#‎CineChavacano2016‬. Open public screening will be held on June 20-22, 5PM at Centro Latino Theater Room, Paseo del Mar. Viva el Cinema Chavacano! Viva el Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano!


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02 June 2016

Zamboanga Festival de las Bellas y Flores 2016

Designer Erich Miñoza claims his third straight win in the annual Bellas y Flores competition held Saturday, May 28.

Miñoza emerged once again as the top contender for the gown competition category of the Bellas y Flores festival with a design which drew top marks and celebrated the City’s g1ggcolorful and vibrant culture. Miñoza bested eight other designers, and celebrated a grand slam win, having consistently placed first in the gown design competition since 2014.

Frederico Navarro and Geronie Labora placed second and third place, respectively.

The Festival de las Bellas y Flores served as one of the highlights and culminating activities of the 2016 Summer Festival. A local version of the Santacruzan, the festival kicked off with the parade from City Hall to the Paseo del Mar for the final show and program.

For the Arco competition, Rey Mascardo claimed the top spot, with Jonard Bazan and Ramisses Ramillano clinching podium finishes.

All models who joined the Bellas y Flores festival were also automatically entered for the Prettiest Señorita competition. Emerging as winner for her beauty and grace was Lyka Nichole Francisco. Runner ups were Jeromei Thea Fabrigas and Reasel Ann Halagna.

All winners received cash prizes and plaques of recognition.

Gown entries were judged for their craftsmanship, concept and design, aesthetic appeal, and impact. Arco entries, on the other hand, were scrutinized for originality, creativity, craftsmanship, and impact. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

Here are the 10 entries who competed in the Gown and Prettiest Señorita competitions. Click photo for bigger view. Photos by Tennyl Dehm Canlas.


Señorita Dana Champagne Amba wearing a multi-colored bouffant gown by Robelle Verar.


The monochromatic shades of each color in "Flores de Amores" reveals the multi-cultural diversity in our city. The interwoven sleeves tell what Zamboanga is, the equal treatment among rich and poor, the powerful and the rich.


Señorita Alana Kyle Ordoñia-Lo in an intricately embellished orange gown by Gerry Carpio.


"La Puesta del Sol" is inspired by the beautiful sunset that signals that the day is about to end. The colors signify the rays of the sun and the unending journey of each Zamboangueño.


Señorita Joy Navales wearing a monochromatic pink gown by Leo Toledo.


"Perla y Mariposa" has butterflies around the skirt and its sleeves are covered with frosted lace matched with the monochromatic rhinestones. The gown embodies purity, fairness; a simple yet elegant gown which makes it different among the rest.


Señorita Ann Villanueva in a well-crafted Vicky Tonggal gown.


This gold-beaded gown named "Dayang" is indeed fit for a Pricesita Zamboangueña.


Señorita Lyka Nichole Francisco wearing a purple gown by Raustin Siocon III.


"Flor de Luna" which means "flower beneath the moon" is a mysterious queen endowed with beauty, grace and seductive charm. The color symbolizes royalty, mystery, fierceness and the strong personality of a woman who lives in the ancient Hispanic era.


The graceful beauty of a Zamboangueña royalty.


Señorita Ma. Jhullana Francesca wearing "Manojo de Flores", a creation of coutureier Wendy Designaño. With its classy white Spanish laces and beaded colored laces, this magnificent creation expresses that Zamboanga City is one of the most unique city in the world for being "Asia's Latin City."


Señorita Jeromei Thea Fabrigas in a Geronie Labora masterpiece "Unica Hija".


Heavily accentuated with thousands of hand-made flowerettes, this haute couture magnum opus represents the beauty of the flowers of May. Being the only daughter, "Unica Hija" is a manifestation of the elegance and grandiose of her proud family.


Señorita Reasel Ann Halagna wearing a fiery gown by Erich Miñoza.


"Pilla" (Naughty), reflects the story of Reina Judith of Bethulia in the Bible who fought and saved her city by slaying the cruel Assyrian general Holofernes with a sword. The fiery red color of "Pilla" mirrors not only streaks of a woman's playful naughtiness and mischief but also her power, strength and courage when need arises.


Señorita Fatima Aisha Idjira wearing a lemon-yellow gown by Federico Navarro.


"Pajaro", a Chavacano word for "birds", symbolizes peace and freedom. The color of this Philippine terno stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, enlightenment, honor and loyalty.


The concept for the embellishment on the skirt is a landscape scenario of trees, flocked with birds done in silkscreen print and metallic digital cut-outs. Exquisite beadworks adorn the entire ensemble, which gives one a feeling of joy and contentment on seeing our lovely nature while the sun starts to set.


Señorita Rachael Uy wearing a Neri Jaruda gown.


A last look of the beautiful ladies before announcing the winners.


Winners of Arco Competition (left-right): Jonard Bazan - 2nd Place for "Corona"; Ramissses Ramillano - 3rd Place for "Hermosa La Zamboanga"; and Rey Mascardo - 1st Place for "La Risa del Aurora"


Prettiest Señoritas (L-R): Lyka Nichole Francisco (1st Place) for Raustin Siocon III;  Jeromei Thea Fabrigas (2nd Place) for Geroni Labora; and Reasel Ann Halagna (3rd Place) for Erich Miñoza.


Gown competition 3rd Place - Geronie Labora's "Unica Hija"


Gown competition 2nd Place - Federico Navarro's "Pajaro"


Gown Competition 1st Place - Erich Miñoza's "Pilla"



Congratulations to all winners and participants! As the summer comes to an end, we wish a bountiful and colorful seasons ahead!
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I Love Zamboanga City

Highlighting the beauty, the culture, and the wonders of Zamboanga City, City Mayor Beng Climaco officially launched the “I Love Zamboanga City” campaign yesterday afternoon, October 1 at City Hall.

Amidst the sea of Zamboangueños who flocked City Hall for the grand opening salvo of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015, Climaco unveiled the I Love Zamboanga video as she urged residents to show their love for the City and to stay united despite the challenges and obstacles.


“Man junto-junto kita – in unity, we will build back a better Zamboanga,” she said.

The launch of the I Love Zamboanga was one of the highlights of the kickoff activity for the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 yesterday at City Hall. Ushering the entry of the month-long festival, the City’s grandest celebration, were the opening parade, the Pink October Walk, and the lighting of the Hermosa Festival emblem.

Gracing the opening activities with Climaco were AKBAYAN Representative Angelina Ludovice-Katoh and members of the City Council. Joining in the celebration were hundreds of residents, to include members and representatives from the business, private, education and healthcare sectors, as well as civil society sectors and the barangays. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

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28 April 2016

Mi Ciuad de Zamboanga Photo Competition 2016

Celebrating Zamboangueño creativity and ingenuity, the local government on Tuesday, April 26, recognized the winning entries of two summer festival competitions – the Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga Photo competition and the 1st Zamboanga Chalk Art contest.

For the photo competition, the entry of Gerard A. Pacaña was adjudged the best among the field of 30 photo submissions. Entitled ‘Baile’, Pacaña’s photo featured fire dancers performing in the City’s Rizal Shrine.

Berlito Bolotaolo’s ‘El Cross Mayor’, a photo depicting devotees in Abong-Abong, landed the second spot, while Ulysses John Almocera’s ‘Yakan Kaleidoscope’ featuring the Yakan hand-woven fabric, claimed both the third place, and the voter’s choice award with 623 likes and 101 shares on Facebook.

Winners received cash prizes and plaques of recognition.

Making up the finalists line-up were the entries of Joseph Lou Sta. Teresa (Vela De Ezperanza), Rudmar Villanueva (Vida’y Vinta), Arthur Joshua Rodriguez (The Sea is what I See), and Fouad Isahac Arakama (The Builder). Click on the Photo for gallery view. Photo courtesy of the City Government of Zamboanga


Top 10: Entry #20. #VelaDeEsperanza
by Joseph Lou Sta. Teresa
February 27, 2016, Paseo del Mar
Camera: Canon 70D
Description: A vinta can never go further than where the waves bring it but the sail that spreads out brings hope to new journeys and brighter future. The Vinta is an iconic symbol of Zamboanga’s diverse culture and colorful, harmonious city life. #DiaDeZamboanga


Top 9: Entry #18. Vida’y Vinta
By Rudmar Villanueva
February 8, 2016, Sta. Cruz Island
Camera: GoPro Hero4
Description: Vida’y vinta, nuay piho. Vita’y Vinta, ta segui lang man anud. Vida’y Vinta ta segui lang si onde liba el coryentaso. Pero el Vida’y Vinta amo ya hace conose con aton.


Top 8: Entry #5. Candle Light
By Gerard A. Pacaña
March 19, 2016, Rizal Shrine
Camera: Nikon D7000
Description: In every candle we lit, it produces a burning flame. A flame that lights up a path in saving mother earth hand in hand.



Top 7: Entry #6. El Luna na Paseo del Mar
By Berlito M. Bolotaolo
March 12, 2016, Paseo del Mar
Camera: Fuji X-M1
Description: Paseo del Mar, a very romantic place, especially if you get lucky and get to see the majestic moon shining while the sun is setting.


Top 6: Entry #26. Master Weaver
by Ulysses John P. Almocera
February 16, 2016, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City
Camera: Fuji X-A2
Description: One of the most intricate hand woven fabrics in the Philippines is the Yakan weave. A village in Sinunuc, Zamboanga City is one popular tourist spot which houses traditional weavers who makes intricate fabrics patterned from bamboo, diamond, flowers and leaves. The photo features a master weaver who is making a very intricate and symmetrical fabric. #JustGoPilipinas #JustGoZamboanga
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Top 5: Entry #28. The Sea is what i See
By Arthur Joshua Rodriguez
January 15, 2016, Paseo del Mar
Camera: IPhone5s
Description: The Coastal living in Zamboanga is known for its majestic presentation as to how the city was able to embrace diversity; they came to live and breathe the sea breeze for it is where they have cultivated their hopes and dreams as they paddle forward to their destination.



Top 4: Entry #11. The Builder
By Fouad Isahac Arakama
April 12, 2016, Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Camera: Nikon D3100
Description: A construction worker arranged the bricks for the sidewalk for the beautification of NS Valderosa Street. This simple job shows how they love and want the Zamboanga city to be attractive to people. Even though there is an exchange for money, he still chose the certain kind of job. He subconsciously wanted to do it.


Third Place: Entry #25. Yakan Kaleidescope
by Ulysses John P. Almocera
February 16, 2016, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City
Camera: Fuji X-A2
Description: One of the most intricate hand woven fabrics in the Philippines is the Yakan weave. A village in Sinunuc, Zamboanga City is one popular tourist spot which houses traditional weavers who makes intricate fabrics patterned from bamboo, diamond, flowers and leaves. The photo features a bamboo patterned fabric during its production stage. #JustGoPilipinas #JustGoZamboanga
Check our more photos at www.ujalmocera.com


Second Place: Entry #7. El Cross Mayor
By Berlito M. Bolotaolo
March 25, 2016, Abong-Abong
Camera: Nikon D90
Description: Each year, devoted Zamboangueño Christians pay a visit in this giant cross to light a candle and pray.


First Place: Entry #4. Baile
By Gerard A. Pacaña
March 19, 2016, Rizal Shrine
Camera: Nikon D7000 (f/5.6, .5, ISO 500)
Description: El fuego na ritmo de baile. Celebrar un advocacia, salvar a nacion y su mundo vida.

Check out the rest of the entries at the official facebook page of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival here. Like and share to spread these beautiful images of Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga! #SummerNaZambo2016
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