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Mi Ciudad de Zamboanga Digital Art Competition

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Visual art competitions have always been part of Summer Festival in Zamboanga. In the past years we had Chalk art, and Mural painting and Photography competitions in line with the celebration of Dia de Ma'am Caling. This year, we introduced a new contest, the first ever Digital Art Competition. Digital Art is an artwork created using computer softwares such as Photoshop. Three types of artwork are qualified in the competition: digital montage, photo-manipulations and advanced photography. With the theme "I Love Zamboanga", artists should create compositions featuring icons, landmarks and symbols of Zamboanga showing their love for the city. Here are the top 15 entries:


Top 15. "Spear Fishing" by Kerwin Baldovino


Top 14. "Mi Amore, Zamboanga" by Berlito M. Bolotaolo
"Zamboanga is as colorful as its people, and it shows in our culture and structures. Thus, this is a collage of some of the famous and colorful tourist sites or land marks our very own Zamboanga City, Mi Amore."


Top 13. "Levantacion" by Riavie M. Francisco
"I had many to capture at that moment but what strikes my eyes most is the candles in Fort Pilar Shrine. I had seen clancing flame of the candles and I got to think of what happened last September 2013 in Zamboanga City. This candles symbolizes the weapon of darkness. Zamboanga raised from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the lit path of racial justice after the war. It had its time to open doors of oppotunity and lift itself from quicksands pf racial injustices. To end up, Zamboangueños declaired the praises of God who called them out of darkness into his wonderful light upon lifting this candle."


Top 12. "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream" by Berlito M. Bolotaolo
"This is a composite shots of Sibulao Stars and Merloquet Falls. The stars were taken at the open field of Barangay Sibulao and were taken actually 30 photo stacked together, thus creating a beautiful and bountiful star trails. The famous Merloquet Falls awas taken right after the sunset. Low light is needed in order to capture the stunning effects of burning Steel Wool along with the cascading waters."


Top 11. "Viaja" by Al-Rashed U. Ambutong
"As tradition, I consider Zamboanga as a new travel destination that consist of beautiful islands, sceneries, and scrumptious food specialties. Zamboanga City is a force to reckon with the city is blessed with the perfect weather to host great influx of tourists."


Top 10. "Diverse" by Kendrick E. Rico
"The photo shows how beautiful Zamboanga is. It symbolizes our beautiful and multicultural city. Through different in cultures, we can live together as one community."


Top 9. "Zamboanga City: A Beautiful place to visit" by Nasser F. Hadjula
"Some people look for a beautiful place to visit, others make a place beautiful. Zamboanga City is beautiful and a place to visit."


Top 8. "Chasing Mountains" by Mohammad Sarajan
"When we follow a trail we always move forward and just follow and sometimes we forget to look around and miss beauty along the way. At Mt. La Paz and Mt. Kampana."

Top 7. "Paz y Amor na Mi Ciudad" by Cristina M. Sarol
"Peace that gives rise to the city, personal, and social transformation. Love is respecting and recognizing basic human rights and conributing human living with a special sensitivity to cultural and religious differences that makes Zamboanga City as a peace and loving place to live. This beautiful landmark of our beloved city join together as one. Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat were she served as its first woman mayor, Fort Pilar is a major historic landmark of Zamboanga City. Taluksangay Mosque was the center of Islamic Propagation. The Boy Scout grounds, Paseo del Mar is one of the Iconic Landmark and the Limpapa Bridge. We feel so good and peaceful once were reminded that all bad things pass to make a city for something better place to live, that love does exist and has many forms that compassion and forgiveness. The ultimate salvation and the path to freedom and love for our beloved Zamboanga City."

Top 6. "Un Moundo" by Kendrick E. Rico
"One world, one community, one city, one love, one and one God. As Zamboangueños, we are one on helping each other for the good of our City."

Top 5. "Home" by Mohammad Sarajan
"For me Zamboanga is a Home. I don't have to travel to a far away place to feel like I'm in "paradise." It simply starts with surrounding yourself with the things you truly love, living your best life and where smiles can be warmer than the environment. It's a place like no other, a place called home."


Top 4. "Estrellas y el City Hall" by Berlito M. Bolotaolo
"This is a composite shots of Sibulao Stars and the famous City Hall of Zamboanga City. During the Earth Hour moment, where lights are intentionally turned off, I took the opportunity of taking a shot of the City Hall with the stars above. But during that time, there were less stars to capture. Thus, by combining the stars taken at Sibulao and the City Hall, creates a moment where time seems to be fast and ethereal."

Top 3. "Hermosa" by Joem S. Faustino
"Hermosa is a spanish word which simply translates to beauty or lovely. I've chosen that title because I believe that it's the word best describes our "Ciudad de Zamboanga". The woman in the art piece is the representation of our "Ciudad de Zamboanga." She embodies the qualities where in our city and Zamboanguenos are known for. First of which is resilience. It is one of the significant traits our people is known for. We were bombarded by different misfortunate circumstances from the past and yet we still managed to pull through and now slowly by slowly we are moving forward. Second is our unwavering faith. We people are known to be prayerful. We address every concern we have in our lives to our mighty Creator, thankfully our city is blessed with the presence of the "Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar" with whom our city/people seek for wisdom, guidance, blessings and protection. Hermosa is wearing the head structure of our Fort Pilar as a battle helmet while being aura/shadowed by our lady Pilar to impart a message that our city firmly stand & remain strong through faith as one of our main foundations. And lastly is the natural beauty. Ciudad de Zamboanga is now slowly being recognized as a city with amazing islands and beaches. We are rich with natural wonders, unique savory cuisines and even our "Bellas" possesses such beauty that is incomparable. As a city, we have what it takes to compete and to be showcased around the world. We celebrate our own, we patronize our own. We take confidence and pride to the things that are of our own and I think that those are strong expressions of love. Just like the cliche thing people usually say that if you love someone, be proud of her and shout it to the world."

Top 2. "Carera de Vintas" by Mohammad Sarajan
"Regatta de Zamboanga is one of the most anticipated annual calendar events in Zamboanga. It is always amazing to witness and feel the energy of each and every participants at the race."


Top 1. "Amor y Cariño de la Belleza Natural de Zamboanga" by Tennyl Dehm Canlas
"Zamboanga is gifted with the treasures of Mother Earth. From its lush emerald forests in the Pasonanca Natural Park, to the crystalline waterfalls of Merloquet and Hermosa, to its one of a kind rosy quartz sand of the Sta Cruz Island – Zamboanga is home of the bountiful flora and fauna which thrives in harmony with the people who cares for it. As mother earth provides us with all of our needs, so shall we continually seek to preserve and protect her. Our love for the city and its natural beauty is one reason why we call her home."

Congratulations to all the winners! Which is your favorite entry? Visit Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Facebook page for news and updates on events and activities of the City Government of Zamboanga.

Festival de las Bellas y Flores 2018: Philippine Festivals

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The most beautiful day of Summer in Zamboanga City has come! Inspired by the Flores de Mayo celebration, the City Government held the annual Festival de las Bellas y Flores, a competition of gowns, arcos and beautiful ladies last May 26, 2018. This year's theme is "Philippine Festivals" where each candidate represents the colorful celebration and spirit of an iconic festival in the country. Thirteen entries vied for the coveted top 3 spots per category. Here are the photos during the competition proper at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar.
Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
The backdrop of this year's Festival de las Bellas y Flores held at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar

Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City, Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag, Ilocos Norte, and Lami-Lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
L-R: Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City, Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag, Ilocos Norte,
and Lami-Lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan

Lami-Lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan by Pio Hilario Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Lami-lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan by Pio Hilario

Lami-Lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan by Pio Hilario Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Lamitan was derived from the phrase Lami-Lamihan which means a blend of Merry Making and Conference. The town was named by the first Spaniards from Isabela who explored this area. When the Spaniards arrived the Moros were celebrating the native festival. The municipality of Lamitan was founded in 1886 by the legendary figure Pedro Javier Cuevas popularly known as Datu Kalun. He was born in the town of Bacoor Cavite on June 9, 1846. (read more)

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival or Fiesta Pilar Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Zamboanga's very own, La Hermosa Festival or Fiesta Pilar

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival or Fiesta Pilar Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is held during the month of October in celebration of the city's patron saint, Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

Camille Quijano in a Pinky Josh gown inspired by Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City Ilocos Norte Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National CostumeSeñorita Camille Quijano in a Pinky Josh gown inspired by Laoag's Pamulinawen Festival

Camille Quijano in a Pinky Josh gown inspired by Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City Ilocos Norte Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
The Pamulinawen Festival is held every first week of the February. The word Laoag means "the place of light or clarity" in Ilokano and now, Laoag City is a 1st class city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The festival corresponds with the Feast Day of Saint William the Hermit, which is the city’s Patron Saint.

Camille Quijano in a Pinky Josh gown inspired by Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City Ilocos Norte Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte by Pinky Josh. Ms. Camille Quijano placed 3rd in the Prettiest Señorita Competition.

Bangus Festival of Dagupan, Pangasinan by Usni Sali Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
It highlights the city’s rich milk fish aquaculture industry in the province of Pangasinan
and in the country. (read more)

Bangus Festival of Dagupan, Pangasinan by Usni Sali Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Bangus Festival of Dagupan, Pangasinan by Usni Sali. The Bangus Festival is an annual celebration in the city of Dagupan.

T'nalak Festival of Koronadal South Cotabato Angelica Baird Federico Navarro Bryan Cabaddu Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Angelica Baird wearing a Bryan Cabaddu gown inspired by the T'nalak Festival
of Koronadal, South Cotabato

T'nalak Festival of Koronadal South Cotabato Angelica Baird Federico Navarro Bryan Cabaddu Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National CostumeThe name of the festival was derived from T’nalak, a colorful abaca cloth created and woven by the women of the province’s T’boli tribe. The T’nalak fabric serves as the festival icon because it symbolizes the blending of culture, strength, and unity of the various ethnic groups living in the province. The T’bolis expressed everything they are in the T’nalak: their dreams, beliefs, myths and even their religion. Making use of the various geometrical patterns and the trademark red, black and white colors, the T’bolis weave the natural and the supernatural in the abaca strands of the T’nalak. (read more)

T'nalak Festival of Koronadal South Cotabato Angelica Baird Federico Navarro Bryan Cabaddu Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National CostumeMs. Angelica Baird was awarded 1st Place in the Prettiest Señorita category.

Angelique Natividad Federico Navarro Es la Hora Vigan Ilocos Sur Binatbatan Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Angelique Natividad in Federico Navarro's "Es la Hora" inspired by Vigan's Binatbatan Festival.

Angelique Natividad Federico Navarro Es la Hora Vigan Ilocos Sur Binatbatan Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume Binatbatan Festival traces its roots from the abel weaving industry of Vigan which has been in existence even before the Spaniards came to colonize the Philippines. It comes from the word batbat, a pair of bamboo stick used to separate cotton pods that come from a tall tree called kapas sanglay. The word "kapas" from kapas sanglay means "cotton" in Ilocano (read more).

Kaamulan Festival of Malaybalay Bukidnon Manobo Tribe Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Kaamulan Festival of Malaybalay is a gathering of 7 hill tribes of Bukidnon. Kaamulan means "gathering" (read more).

Kaamulan Festival of Malaybalay Bukidnon Manobo Tribe Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Kaamulan Festival of Malaybalay, Bukidnon

Manggahan Festival of Guimaras Iloilo Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Manggahan Festival of Guimaras, Iloilo (read more)

Manggahan Festival of Guimaras Iloilo Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Manggahan Festival of Guimaras is a celebration of its rich culture and their feast of thanksgiving for having bestowed a rich land where delicious mangoes are grown (link).

Ati-atihan Festival Kalibo Aklan by Nicole Salih Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan by Nicole Salih

Ati-atihan Festival Kalibo Aklan by Nicole Salih Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
This intricate tribal-inspired gown by Nicole Salih represents the rich culture of Aklan and it's famous festival, the Ati-atihan Festival. The feast is held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo, Aklan in the island of Panay, Philippines (read more).

Ati-atihan Festival Kalibo Aklan by Nicole Salih Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Ati-Atihan Festival of Aklan by Nicole Salih won 3rd Place in the Gown Competition.

Buyogan Festival Abuyog Leyte Raustin Siocon Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
An intricate gown by Raustin Siocon inspired by the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte.

Buyogan Festival Abuyog Leyte Raustin Siocon Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
The Buyogan Festival of the coastal town of Abuyog, Leyte is celebrated each year on the 28th of August, where the locally known “buyog” or bees are the centerpiece.

Buyogan Festival Abuyog Leyte Raustin Siocon Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte by Raustin Siocon. This creation ranked 4th in the Gown Competition.

Kadayawan Festival of Davao City by Geronie Labora Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
The colorful and intricate "Kadayawan Festival" of Davao City by Geronie Labora worn by Señorita Shantara Suico

Kadayawan Festival of Davao City by Geronie Labora Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
A celebration of good harvest, Kadayawan is a weeklong feast celebration in the City of Davao being celebrated every 3rd week of August as a thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest, the wealth of culture, and serenity of living. From the word “madayaw”, a friendly greeting also used to mean good, profitable, superior, beautiful and valuable (read more).

Kadayawan Festival of Davao City by Geronie Labora Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Kadayawan Festival of Davao City by Geronie Labora won 1st Place in the Gown Competition.

Masskara Festival of Bacolod City by Vicky Go Tonggal Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
Masskara Festival of Bacolod City by Vicky Go Tonggal

Masskara Festival of Bacolod City Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
MassKara Festival is an annual festival in Bacolod City with highlights every fourth Sunday of October with street dancers in colorful costumes, masks and headdresses. Bacolod City invites you to the “happiest and most colorful festival in the Philippines” which will be a month-long celebration with concerts, food fests, street parties, and a lot of activities will draw thousands of visitors to the City of Smiles (read more).

Sinulog Festival of the Queen City of the South, Cebu City by Harold Ruste Bernabe
Sinulog Festival of the Queen City of the South, Cebu City by Harold Ruste Bernabe. The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the centre of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines (read more).

The Top 3 winners in the Gown Competition 1st Place - Kadayawan by Geronie Labora, 2nd Place - Binatbatan Festival by Federico Navarro, and 3rd Place - Ati-atihan Festival by Nicole Salih Festival de las Bellas y Flores Gown Competition National Costume
The Top 3 winners in the Gown Competition: 1st Place - "Kadayawan" by Geronie Labora (center), 2nd Place - "Binatbatan Festival" by Federico Navarro (left), and 3rd Place - Ati-atihan Festival by Nicole Salih (right)

Here's the full list of winners:

ARCO COMPETITION:
1st Place - "Lami-lamihan Festival of Lamitan, Basilan" by Pio Hilario
2nd Place - "Binatbatan Festival of Vigan, Ilocos Sur" by Raymond Rabanal
3rd Place - "T'nalak Festival of Koronadal, South Cotabato" by Bryan Cabaddu

PRETTIEST SEÑORITA:
1st Place - Angelica Baird for "T'nalak Festival of Koronadal, South Cotabato"
2nd Place - Angelique Natividad for "Binatbatan Festival of Vigan, Ilocos Sur"
3rd Place - Camille Quijano for "Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag, Ilocos Norte"

GOWN COMPETITION:
1st Place - "Kadayawan Festival of Davao City" by Geronie Labora
2nd Place - "Binatbatan Festival of Vigan, Ilocos Sur" by Federico Navarro
3rd Place - "Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan" by Nicole Salih

FESTIVAL DANCE:
1st Place - "Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan" by Arena Blanco National High School
2nd Place - "Sinulog Festival of Cebu City" by Pasonanca National High School

Congratulations to all winners! They have all showed great craftsmanship, creativity, confidence and talent that is not only for Zamboanga City but can also be showcased throughout the nation and someday, in the international scene! Watch out for the next biggest fashion competition in Zamboanga this October, the Mascota de Zamboanga Competition, which is one of the highlights of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Like the Facebook page for news and updates. Vamos a Celebrar!
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