Saturday, January 18, 2014


Zamboanga City Hall is a real historical landmark of Zamboanga City considering that it is already more than a century old.
Zamboanga City Hall - The construction of this building started in 1905 and was completed in 1907 by the Federal Government of the United States for the then American Governors of the area which included: Leonard 0. Wood, Tasker H. Bliss, Ralph W. Hoyt, and Gen. John Pershing of World War I fame. Today, this serves as the City Hall of Zamboanga City where the Mayor holds office.
rainy October 12, 2013 with a tank still on stand-by by the City Hall (no, it is no longer there!)

in 2011
in June 2009

The Zamboanga City Hall is a focal point of the City and more so during the Christmas season
...because of the festive air with all the beautiful lights of the City hall itself and also in the adjacent plazas.
...this is another update of these previous links which I thought I should do to complete the comparisons through the years...


zamboanga-city-hall 2011


Just wanted to capture the perfect moment with less than perfect shots...

The Zamboanga City Hall is now more colorful this Christmas.

Embellishing the century-old City Hall has improved a lot over the years... the lights are brighter and the colors more varied.

They may have spent more, but I think they also made a lot of people happier -- young and old... from ZC and visitors, too.


There is snow in Zamboanga City!
The lights really attracted everyone...and these white flakes you see are not artifacts/specks of the picture but "snow".

How everyone wanted to see the "snow"!
And young and old alike were just excited about it.
Yippeeee!!! We it here!


And the surrounding plazas were also brightly adorned with the neon-lit Plaza Pershing and the meaningful Belen in Plaza Rizal.

The entrance to Plaza Pershing and the gazebo all add up to the Christmas-y air!

And of course, the giant Christmas tree inside!
the brightly lit gazebo in Plaza Pershing
The Nativity Scene in Plaza Rizal is also as attractive and eye-catching! 
the tableau of the nativity in Plaza Rizal near ZC City Hall

A friend commented, that he didn't see this in Cebu that the Zamboanga City Hall area was so beautifully lighted for Christmas.

I posted about our century-old City Hall separately last year with this link:  


And the adjacent plazas were also brightly adorned with the neon-lit Plaza Pershing and the meaningful Belen in Plaza Rizal.

I just had a glimpse of the Zamboanga City Hall this year!  They just lighted the ZC City Hall together with the other parks just a few days ago!

Everyone again drives around the area or strolls around, of course, for all the photo opportunities!

And a glimpse of the neighboring Plaza Pershing...

A lot had happened to our beloved City this 2013... a most memorable almost month-long Zamboanga Siege from the fated Sept 9 to the end of September and this was followed by flooding in many parts of Zamboanga City in early October!

Somehow, looking at our Zamboanga City Hall also instills hope on the people.
We did not have the mardi gras for the 2013 Fiesta Hermosa, but the lighted City Hall was inspiring.
Here is a link: zamboanga-city-hall-lighted-for-fiesta.html
October 12, 2013 with the Lady of the Pillar at the City hall facade

Here is Zamboanga City Hall for Christmas 2013!

The Belen (Nativity scene) is now in the Center in front of the City Hall.

Yes, the Zamboanga City Hall is less festive and less colorful than in the prior years, but of course, it is fitting with the times.

This is the lighted Plaza Pershing for 2013!

The folks still flock to the area...which was heartwarming.

We continue to be so happy to see Christmas in the air in the heart of our City every year!!!. 

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