Saturday, October 26, 2013


I again picked this up from the Wikipedia just for more information about the Fiesta Pilar, but it is more formally called the Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival:
The Hermosa Festival also known as Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival or popularly known as Fiesta Pilar a month-long festival held each year in the city of Zamboanga, the city center of Zamboanga Peninsula Region in the Philippines. It is one of the Oldest Festival in the Country and the most awaited Event in the Region.
The Festival is being held in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pillar (Spanish and Chavacano:Nuestra Señora del Pilar), the patroness of Zamboanga City which is held in every 12 October. It is also the patroness of Zaragoza in Spain, the sister city of Zamboanga in Philippines.
In fact, if I check out Fiesta Pilar in Wikipedia but this also points to the Fiestas Del Pilar:
Fiestas del Pilar are an annual festival celebrated in the city of Zaragoza (Spain) in honour of the patron saint of the city, the Virgen del Pilar (Virgin Mary of the Pilar). They take place the week of the 12th of October. Usually, the festival starts the weekend before the 12th, and lasts until the following Sunday, so they last about ten days.
To kick-off the Fiesta Pilar is the Regatta de Vinta or the Regatta de Zamboanga, the race of the vintas.
From Wikipedia, here are some information about Vintas:
The vinta (locally known as lepa-lepa or sakayan) is a traditional boat found in the Philippine island of Mindanao. These boats are made by Bajau and Moros living in the Sulu ArchipelagoZamboanga peninsula, and southern Mindanao. It has a sail with assorted vertical colors that represents the colorful culture and history of the Muslim community. These boats are used for inter-island transport of people and goods. Zamboanga City is known for these vessels.
So here are some scenes I captured from the end part of the Regatta de Zamboanga 2012. 
Vintas on shore.
Vintas on sea.
No More Sails. This was at the end of the race, when the participants rolled their colorful masts and sailed away!
Off we go... I saw these boats tied to a rope
Celso and Beng and Friends on the Vintas.
see the Carmelite Monastery along R.T. Lim Boulevard (the green church)
Miscellaneous scenes.
kids continue to swim and play at the beach
After care.
Cleaning up after the festivities
Coast guards also keep their rubber boats
After the Regatta.
Thanks to my family who came with me just to view the Regatta de Zamboanga!!!
Viva Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2012!!!

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