Zamboanga City kicked off Tuesday afternoon, October 1, its month-long Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, with thousands of Zamboangueños gathered at the newly rehabilitated Mayor Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or the Grandstand in Baliwasan.
A civic parade was first held with most participants wearing pink shirts, symbolizing the annual “Pink October Walk” for the breast cancer awareness, the local government said.
Highlighting the event was the inter-barangay “Bandoreal” Competition, a parade of sardonic effigies with five contingents to receive P70,000 cash for the first prize, P50,000 second prize, P30,000 for third and P20,000 consolation.
Winners of the inter-barangay Fiesta Arco competition were also announced with 12 barangays participating to receive P70,000 first prize, P50,000 second prize, P30,000 third and P15,000 consolation.
Earlier in the day, the annual Cosechas de Zamboanga opened at the historic Plaza Pershing, where the city’s endemic products from agri-fisheries to ornamental and flowering plants are on sale. It is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until Oct. 20.