Culture, history and a little color

The situation with the pandemic may have affected many of the great traditional festivals in the Philippines, but that doesn't mean we can't find a way to celebrate or contribute in our own way.

That was certainly the case for the local club of Volkswagen enthusiasts over in Zamboanga City in Mindanao.

Every 12th of October (actually for the whole month) Zamboanga holds the Hermosa Festival (or Fiesta Pilar) to honor Our Lady Of The Pillar.

Bug Run- Grupo Volkswagen Zamboanga image

For the last couple of years, the local Volkswagen enthusiasts take part by bringing out their colorful rides to join the festivities. This year they were out again, but not in full force.

The photos sent to us by Ritchie Francisco from Grupo Volkswagen Zamboanga show a very colorful collection of Type 1 cars visiting certain spots around Zamboanga City, including the historic city hall that was built over a hundred years ago. Previous editions had greater participation, but because of the situation the number of vehicles was limited.

“I think we started this since 2014 pa. Today's attendance was only down to 12 since most members are afraid to go out due to rising Covid cases here,” said Francisco.

Bug Run- Grupo Volkswagen Zamboanga image

Normally the Hermosa Festival will have a wide variety of events, parties, and other festivities, but the city has had to limit much of it in light of the pandemic. Such was the case with other major regional and religious festivals like Sinulog (Cebu) and Moriones (Marinduque). Sinulog events were canceled earlier this year, and the Moriones parade took place but as a very limited event; we're guessing they had facemasks under their traditional masks.

Hopefully as the situation improves, maybe we can see a more lively Sinulog, Moriones, and Hermosa Festival in 2022. And more VW Bugs.