La Hermosa Festival or popularly known as "Fiesta Pilar" is one of the grandest events in the city of Zamboanga. The month-long festival is a celebration in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar), the patroness of Zamboanga City (also the patroness of Zaragoza in Spain).
"Fiesta Pilar"is celebrated every October 12, which features numerous activities such as street dancing competition, sports events, a regatta, food fairs, fashion show, concerts, Miss Zamboanga and other special events to be held every year.
The highlights of the festival are Baile de Calle (Street Dance Presentation) and Regatta de Zamboanga, were the famous Vintas of Zamboanga are racing to win the title. These two exciting activities is schedule to be happened on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the Philippines and the most awaited event in the region.
Meanwhile, most of the devotees attended other religious activities set earlier in the day at the shrine. They marched the streets in prayer, bearing rosaries, images of the La Virgen del Pilar and other religious icons, to show their faith to the saint.
Check the Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival 2014 Schedule of Events and Activities on the poster above.