Monday, October 14, 2013


It is October 12, 2013, Fiesta Pilar Day!

I wanted to see the vintas ply the R.T. Lim Boulevard (Cawa-Cawa Boulevard)*** this weekend as I read in FB (must have been from DOT IX RD, Ma'am Mary June Bugante's post!).

But, the weather was dark and wet again today, after a few days of sun. I doubted if I will see the vintas, but we passed the boulevard anyway.

There are still many tents in the parts of the stretch and more are seen in the mid island of the road.

In fact, there were bancas seen also in the mid island.
boats in the mid-island of the Cawa-Cawa Boulevard

The Badjao evacuees are those who prefer to stay by the sea rather than in the evacuation center. So this place is actually by choice.

the tents are now more uniform

they wash their clothes by the roadside

by the seaside are the shelter boxes donated by the Rotary Club North...
and quite enterprising to have a little store, too! 
This is the Sangguniang Panglungsod building which is the coordination center for relief goods donated to the City and for distribution to the evacuees.
Close by is the Joaquin Enriquez Jr. Stadium, which is the largest evacuation center in the City.
I am just wondering why, there are again tents by the Stadium fence. 
Still a sad sight, and we really hope rehabilitation efforts will be able to take off... and pray that we no longer have any unusual disasters falling on Zamboanga City! 
I saw our dear Mayor Beng and the Urban Planning group with Jojo Sicat in Manila and I hope that their representations and planning will really be successful and timely.

The rains, however, reminded us of taking care of the environment and better planning on drainage, etc. We have found out that many of the drainage systems and even creeks are already covered and obstructed by houses and fences, thus, the surprise flooding (actually shocking!!!) which a large part of the populace experienced!

I didn't go to the boulevard the next day. But, my friend, Juvee did and here is what she captured!

I really love the colors and the beauty of the Zamboanga vinta sails!!!

Here are some of my older blog posts on the Zamboanga vintas and the vinta regatta. (Please click!)

The challenge for Zamboanga City to regain its glory is humongous, but, it is reassuring enough that the spirit that "Zamboanga City is rising again" is already embedded in many people's hearts and minds!

Levanta Zamboanga!!!


  1. The colorful vinta sails are really the trademark of Zamboanga. No doubt about it's beauty talaga. So sad to see this though :(

  2. I know that Zambo will be back to its normal state soon. Nothing is impossible with help of prayers.

  3. This year is a very sad one for ZC.. maybe next year we will again have a very merry Fiesta Pilar..

  4. That's a very sad sight. I hope there will be more evacuation centers. It's not safe to live in the streets.

  5. It such a colorful view but sad seeing this at this right now, hope Zamboanga will get better and lots of prayers.

  6. After this mishap, a natural calamity occurred in the Visayas region... I pray things will be normal again soon.

  7. i hope zamboanga did not have a tough time with the recent earthquake naman. :(

  8. I can't imagine how the Zamboanguenos do it. They're so strong and steadfast. I hope they recover soon!

  9. I hope for the recovery of Zamboanga soonest. Nice vintas!

  10. I hope that they are not affected by the earthquake..they already suffered so much from the previous crisis.

  11. so sad to see these photos. i really hope and pray that Zamboanga will regain its glory soon. those vintas are just one of the reminders that Zamboanga still has a colorful journey ahead. be positive, stay strong and pray always.

  12. First it was Zamboanga...then Nueva Ecija and Tarlac just last Friday was battered by Typhoon Santi...and last Tuesday, the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu and rest of Visayas...

    Amidst the chaos and devastation, we need to pause and think...what lessons do we need to learn from all of these?

  13. kahit pala sa zamboanga may baha na rin.:( we'll never know when nature asks for payback, huh? i hope zamboanga recovers soon. it's quite disheartening to see so many countrymen suffering lately (floods, earthquakes, man-made disasters, etc.)

  14. What I observe from all your photos is that they have maintained the cleanliness, even if it's an evacuation area. And to me that is commendable! :)

  15. The vintas sailing are like signs of hope that Zamboanga is bouncing back. God bless, Zamboanga!

  16. Flood is also the problem of most cities in Luzon. Un mga dating ni binabaha na lugar, binabaha na din. The drainage system must be improved however it will not be easy kasi the floodways are being occupied na din with people. I wonder what's the best solution to the prevent flooding.

  17. in due time Zamboanga will back to normal..

  18. My condolences to all who lost loved ones... So sad to see this destruction. Glad you are safe.