Thursday, May 5, 2011

2nd year Sta. Cruz Islands fiesta eyed

By Bong Garcia
Sun Star Zambaonga, Thursday, May 05, 2011

PLANS are now underway for the possible conduct of “Fiesta na Isla de Sta. Cruz,” a summer outing at the Sta. Cruz Islands, Zamboanga City.

The Sta. Cruz Islands, known for its “pink sand”, take 10 to 15 minutes boat ride from Zamboanga City.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Naval Forces Western Mindanao (MFWM) Commodore Armando Guzman on Thursday broached the idea of holding the second summer excursion at the Sta. Cruz Island, which was first conducted on April 20, 2008 during the time of former NFWM chief Admiral Emilio Marayag.

The 2008 “Fiesta na Isla de Sta. Cruz” capped live music, beach games and free tours around the islands. It was organized by the Tourism Association of Zamboanga, DOT, and the City Government of Zamboanga.

Lobregat and Guzman are set to meet with the Tourism Association of Zamboanga and the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office to iron plans for the “Fiesta na Isla de Sta. Cruz.”

Lobregat and Guzman also discussed strengthening coordination between the City Government and the Navy Forces on activities that involve the Peace and Order Council, the Crisis Management Committee and other special bodies where the Navy plays an important role.

Guzman took over Commodore Orwen Cortez, who has been promoted to Vice-Commander of the Philippine Navy.

Guzman is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1980 and was commander of the Naval Forces Central.

Sun Star Zamboanga

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