philippine department of tourismZamboanga City will be the center of activities starting Thursday as the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2009, dubbed as the grandest annual celebration that highlights this city’s unique blend of multi-cultural heritage officially reels off.

Cosechas de Zamboanga, showcasing agricultural products, processed foods and plants and flowers will begin Thursday until the October 15 at the Plaza Pershing.

The agricultural fair formally opened this morning with Mayor Lobregat as the guest of honor.


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Another fiesta activity that will kick off Thursday is the Wow Zamboanga, which is a nightly cultural performances featuring this city’s 98 barangays.

The Wow Zamboanga is set to be held at the panoramic Paseo del Mar from October from Thursday until Friday and from Sunday until October 9 starting every 6 p.m.

Lobregat announced that the city government is all set with the festivities themed “Celebra kita con un voz, un tono y un sueno” (Let us celebrate with one voice, one tune and one dream).”

Lobregat said the celebration is an all-encompassing and complete festival that culminates on October 12, the feast day of the Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pilar, this city’s most revered patron saint.

“Come witness and take part in the celebration! Visit the booths, hang out in the parks, watch the shows and presentations! But amid the fun and excitement, the parties and the merriment, let us find time to reflect and thank the Lord Almighty and Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar for the many blessings and for the guidance and protection all through the years,” Lobregat said.

He said the different events intend to give honor, pay our homage and extend our gratitude for the benevolence and generosity of Our Lady of the Pillar.

A fireworks display will cap the activities on October 11 at 9 p.m. at the Paseo del Mar.

October 12, an official holiday in this southern port city by virtue of a law initiated by the late Congresswoman and Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, will be devoted to religious activities.

The Fort Pilar shrine will be the center of activities on the last day of the Festival.

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