THOUSANDS of people swarmed to the renowned R.T. Lim Boulevard on Sunday, October 9 for the Wow Sardinas, a sardine-eating spectacle highlighting Day 9 of the 2016 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival despite the unstable weather condition.
At least eight canning factories joined in the event opening at some 25,000 cans of sardines for the boodle fight held in neatly arranged makeshift tables in a kilometer stretch of R.T. Lim Boulevard known as the Cawa-Cawa Boulevard.
The Wow Sardinas, now on its 10th year, is one of the mainstays in the Hermosa Festival and is intended to highlight the city’s recognition as the Philippines’ sardines capital.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, some members of the City Council and other officials including out of town as well as foreign visitors led the sardine eating event.
The event was made possible through the support of the Century Tuna, Aquatic Corporation, Gold Star, Permex, Universal, Mega and ZCENL companies.
It was also participated by Robina Foods and Nature’s Spring.
Thousands of people coming from different sectors turned up for the big event including students, employees, professionals, military and police men and other groups.
Illuminated floats paraded the city streets in a competition dubbed Parade of Lights on Sunday evening.
The competition, open to any person, group, organization, institution or company, showcased six floats designed after Zamboanga’s iconic landmarks, symbols, products, stories and legends.
All entries, accompanied by dancers and props, made its way from Mayor Ledesma Street to Paseo del Mar where the lighted floats were put on display for public viewing.
The participants of the competition included Permex Producer and Exporter Corporation (King Cup), KCC Mall de Zamboanga, 2Go, Cignal, San Roque barangay and Dynapharm.
The grand prize winner received P75,000, the second placer, P50,000, third placer, P30,000, fourth placer, P20,000 and fifth placer, P10,000.