Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival

Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival or the popurlay known as Fiesta Pilar, is held in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pilar at the legendary Fort Pila. The people of Zamboanga  fervently believe that the lady has served as their unifying cultural and historical symbol. In commemoration of her feast day, Zamboanga displays its devotion and enthusiasm with a nine-night procession, fireworks, an ethnic parade, a cultural show, a regatta, and the Miss Zamboanga parade. This festival runs from October 1 to 12.

Images:

"REGATTA de ZAMBOANGA 2002" witness the colorful vinta's on display
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"CULTURAL STREET DANCING" Reviving the glorious past through dances and colorful costumes.
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Marjorie S. Torres MISS ZAMBONGA 2002 and runner ups

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sources: http://clickmindanao.philcom.com/profiles/city/zambnga.htm and http://www.zamboanga.ph/hermosa/index.html

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