Dalipe decrees stricter Hermosa festival rules

All pledges, whether in cash [checks] or in kind, for the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival this October, must be coursed through the City Treasurer’s Office, Mayor John Dalipe so ordered in line with his thrust on transparency and accountability.

Dalipe also decreed that all donations should be named under the City Government of Zamboanga, and never in the name of any city government employees.

“Donors must demand for an official receipt,” the local chief executive stressed.

In the series of preparatory meetings leading up to the month-long Hermosa Festival, Mayor Dalipe firmly reiterated his directive for the festival to be conducted with strict transparency and accountability.

“For this year, quiere kita keda transparent. Todo ayuda, todo sponsorship, deretso na Treasurer’s Office,” he said during a meeting with the festival committees Thursday, September 1.

Mayor Dalipe said he wants all transactions and activities relating to the festival must be recorded, audited, and documented.

This, as the city government through the City Tourism Office is in the thick of preparations for the festival’s grand opening salvo on Oct. 1.

This year, the festival is anchored on the theme “Celebracion de Colores” (Celebration of Colors), which will be formally launched on Sept. 27 at 6pm at the Convention Center of Garden Orchid Hotel.

More than 50 festival-related activities have been lined up and organized by the City Government, through the City Tourism Office.

A number of activities were also co-organized by the City Government with private groups and organizations.

Among the expected crowd-drawer events are the Opening Salvo, the Regatta de Zamboanga, the Street Dance, the Danza La Vida, the moto jamboree, the triathlon event, and the traditional religious activities and novena masses.

Meanwhile, the Night Market, one of the notable highlights of the festival, is already ongoing, running nightly from August 15 to October 31 at Rizal Street, and has been expanded to Baban Street (between WMSU and ZCSPU) in Baliwasan.

With the announcement of the official festival calendar of activities, the local chief executive said the Hermosa Festival 2022 pays honor and homage to Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, the city’s patron saint.

As the theme suggests, the celebration is about the city’s colorful history, cultures, and traditions, and is also reflective of the overarching slogan for the Department of Toursim’s Mindanao tourism advocacy, “Colors of Mindanao.”-(Vic Larato)