ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climac-Salazar announced October 12, the feast day of Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pilar, is declared a non-working holiday in Zamboanga City.
Salazar said the declaration of holiday is by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 7350, which was authored by the late lone district representative Maria Clara Lobregat in 1992.
Salazar said RA 7350 declares October 12 of every year a special non-working holiday to allow the residents and visitors to fittingly commemorate the feast day of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar, the revered patron saint of Zamboanga City.
The fiesta celebration, dubbed as Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, is a celebration of the city’s glorious past, rich heritage, diverse cultures and above all, a demonstration of the Zamboangueños’ devotion to the La Virgen del Pilar.
The festival started October 1 with the Inter-Barangay Bandoreal Competition, Smoke Out Zamboanga-Grilled Food Fiesta, and Grand Midnight Sale.
The annual festivity, featuring a variety of activities, leads up to October 12, which will be devoted to religious activities. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)