Dia de Cesar C Climaco Installation Art

Dia di Cesar which marks the 31st death anniversary of Mayor Cesar C. Climaco kicked off Friday, Nov. 13 with the Boy and Girl Scouts vigil at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong Pasonanca at 6:30pm. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the event started with a commemorative mass at the Pasonanca Parish Church to be attended by City Government officials and employees, members of the Climaco family and representatives from the different sectors.

The mass was followed by the wreath-laying and commemorative program at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Pasonanca which will be highlighted by the unveiling of the CCC Installation Art and the Poster-making contest. This year's theme, "Create. Cultivate. Connect." aims to share the legacy of the iconic Mayor to the next generation.

Youth from boy scouts filled the installation with thoughts and drawings guided by the questions that were posted in each panel.

Cesar Climaco, the uncle of incumbent Mayor Beng Climaco, served as the city’s chief executive for 11 years during which he was an outspoken critic against corruption and in particular against the martial law regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos. His assassination on November 14, 1984 in Gov. Alvarez Street remains unsolved up to this time.

"I want to stop illegal logging..", "I want to achieve my goals and aspirations..."

The commemoration of the Dia di Cesar every November 14 is pursuant to an ordinance approved by the City Council with the aim of perpetuating the memory of the legendary mayor.

"Don't leave Zamboanga City."

"I want to be with my parents til the last breath of my life..."

Cesar Cortes Climaco was born on February 28, 1916 to Gregoria Climaco and Isabelita Cortes. He had 2 brothers and 2 sisters- Rafael a lawyer who became a Justice in the Court of Appeals; Jose or Jolly also a lawyer who became vice-mayor of Zamboanga and whose daughter Beng is now the incumbent mayor; Leticia, who married a prominent physician in the city, Dr. Espiridion Alvarez; and Lydia.

"Create better scouts for a better Zambonaga City..."

Cesar’s political career began when he ran for the City Council in 1953, an election which he won overwhelmingly. It was in the same year that he was designated as Mayor of Zamboanga. In 1954, he became the Chief Project Manager and Field Coordinator of Operation Brotherhood in Vietnam, a position which he served until 1955, and which won him international recognition.

He came back to Zamboanga in 1956 and ran in the first election ever held for the position of mayor in the city. Cesar went up against an appointive Mayor, Hector Suarez, and had for his running mate Dr. Tomas Ferrer under the banner of the Liberal Party. Cesar won in that election, giving him the distinction of being the first elected mayor of Zamboanga City.

Cesar Climaco served as mayor from 1953-1954; 1956-1961 and 1980- 1984.

The CCC Installation art is designed and conceptualized by Cedrick S. Zabala and made possible by the General Services Office headed by Arch. Rizamay Basing.
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20 November 2015

Pascua na Zamboanga 2015

The City Government of Zamboanga presents Pascua na Zamboanga 2015. Every year, the city celebrates the yultide season with a lineup of fun-filled activities. The highlight of the Christmas Festival is the switching on of the City Hall as it transforms into a grand display of lights. This year the city is transformed into candyland, and the main attraction includes the City Hall as a gingerbread house, Plaza Pershing as a lollipop forest and Paseo del Mar with the giant ice cream cone Christmas Tree. All landmarks will be ceremonially switched on in December 1st, 5PM.

Every evening, chorale groups will be serenading us with Christmas carols at the City Hall lobby during the "Canciones de Pascua" from December 14 to 18, 7PM onwards. Shop until you drop at the Grand Christmas Bazaar at Paseo del Mar on December 6-12, and at the Grand 5-day Holiday Fiesta at City Mall Tetuan. It is also expected that the newest and biggest mall in Zamboanga, KCC Mall de Zamboanga, will be opening in December. Here's the poster for Pascua na Zamboanga 2015. Click for larger view.

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01 November 2015

Tagaytay Adventure 2015

Day 3 (10/16/15) - Today Jotie and I are heading to Tagaytay. But before that, we're out to have brunch first. 

We headed to BGC Stopover and decided to have brunch at Pancake house.

My new fave! Cinnamon Toast is love!

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Upon arriving Tagaytay, we went to Bulalo's Point for some legit bulalo and dinner with ate and her zing!

Crispy Tawilis!

The best Bulalo in town!

We went to Ayala Mall Serin and walked around. Check out his cool doodle wall by my idol, WeeWillDoodle

Day 4 (10/17/15) - Despite typhoon Lando, we went around Tagaytay and looked for the famous Taal Volcano. We headed to Groove Point, famous for their Taal Lake view.

The sky is dark and the clouds are heavy..

Photo op :) Too dark but good enough..

We went back to Ayala Mall Serin and had dinner at SNR. We had pizza, fried chicken and churros!

My first churro! Cinnamon coated and bavarian filled! So good!

After dinner, we had coffee at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Day 5 (10/18/15) - The weather is better now. We had breakfast at Josephines. Nice ambience!

Panorama of Taal Lake

Coffee time!

Nice place to see Taal Volcano!

Ready to eat!

Hail, Yeah!

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Before going back to Manila, we passed by at Rowena's to by some pasalubong. It rained hard so we decided to have lunch.

Back at Manila, we decided to watch a movie for the night. Here's our dinner..


Day 6 (10/19/15)  - Before going home, we're up for one more brunch.. But first, let me work this wall..

Going to Burgos Circle..

Lost agad agad?

We passed by Burgos Circle and checked out the park. Feet shot!

The facades are picture perfect!

Some art installed at the park

The beautiful intricate metal tree sculpture at the middle of the circle.

Photo Op!

We decided to have Phó for brunch at the BGC Stopover.



Sriracha looking at?!

With auntie..

Feeling chef...

Vermicelli noodles with veggies, pork strips and rolls.

Pho at last! A perfect way to end the adventures!

Time to go home! There's no more perfect view than this..

Hasta la vista, Manila!

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