A fiesta extravaganza as a way of bridging cultural ties.

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Introduction

The Pistahan sa CEZ started last year to commemorate the anniversary of the Cavite Export Processing Zone on May 30th. Our workers and foreign nationals will again have the opportunity to bond and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Filipino people, which was passed on to us during the Spanish period.

On May 31st, a Santacruzan will again be the grand procession of colorful and well lighted arcs with participation of male foreign nationals as consorts of their beautiful Reyna Elenas. Prizes will be awarded to the best arc and best company participation. To participate, please fill up the Entry Form. Indicate if you want to participate also in the Reyna ng Pistahan.

The coronation of the Reyna ng Pistahan culminates the festivities after the Santacruzan. Awards will be given to Dukesa ng Pistahan, Prinsesa ng Pistahan and Reyna & Hari ng Pistahan. Special awards will also be given to the best in Philippine Gown.

A Palaro will be held on May 24th to gain a festive atmosphere reminiscent of a barrio fiesta. Included in the Palaro are Pabitin, Basagan ng Palayok, Hulihan ng Biik, Palo Sebo, etc. Awards will be given to the winners of the Palaro on the 31st during the coronation night of Reyna ng Pistahan.

Added to the attraction will be a Karakol (a street dancing and fluvial parade) organized by the town of Rosario on May 17th at Rosario Town Plaza where all members of the CEZIA are invited to join and represent their company in the parade.

A Bingo Social is also part of the festivities which will be held on May 10th to raise funds to finance the expenses of this project.

Objectives

1.      To provide our foreign expatriates working in the zone enterprises, and Filipino workers to experience Filipino culture and heritage.

2.      To bridge the cultural ties among participating foreign nationals and Filipino workers.

3.      To show our rich cultural heritage before our foreign expatriates.

Participants

1.      Organizing Committee- The Rotary Club of CEPZ, the Cavite Economic Zone Administration and the Cavite Export Zone Investors Association. The CEZ Administration and CEZ Investors Association shall appoint their respective representatives in the organizing committee.  The representatives chosen shall act as co-chairmen of the festivities.

2.      The Rotary Club of CEPZ, as the initiator of the project shall be the coordinator, and shall monitor the progress of the activities.  RC CEPZ shall solicit sponsors for the bannerettes, posters, streamers and prizes for the contests.

3.      The Cavite Economic Zone Administration shall be responsible for the over-all site preparation, which includes assembly of stage and rental or arrangement for sound system.

4.      The Cavite Export Zone Investors Association shall be in charge of drumming up participation of zone enterprises.

Procedures

1.   The RC CEPZ Grand Marshal or Project Director for Pistahan sa CEZ shall present to the CEZ Administrator and CEZIA President during an appointed meeting, this project proposal for approval.

2After the approval of the project, the 3 co-chairmen shall be appointed, and committees created for the festivities’ implementation:

a.       program, including invitations for dignitaries and guest speakers;

b.      food and drinks;

c.       ways and means, including solicitation for sponsors and prizes;

d.      site preparation, decorations and arrangement for sound system;

e.       Palaro preparation including solicitation for prizes;

f.        Santacruzan participation of zone enterprises and procession;

g.       contest proper for best arc and coronation of the Dukesa ng Pistahan, Prinsesa ng Pistahan and Reyna at Hari  ng Pistahan.

3.      The Pistahan sa CEZ shall be held on May 31, 2003, Saturday at 4:00 P.M., to coincide with the celebration of the CEZ Foundation Anniversary.

4.      Invitations and forms shall be forwarded to zone enterprises, through their personnel managers by the CEZIA-HRAG starting April 7, 2003.  Zone enterprises shall choose their most beautiful female employee, who shall vie for the crown of  Reyna Elena.  A full length picture and a 2” x 2” I. D. picture shall be attached to the form.  Deadline for submission of participants is May 13, 2003 at 5:00 P.M.

5.      5 to 7 judges shall be invited to choose the Reyna Elena on May 31, 2003 at 4:00 P.M.  Participants shall grace the judging, based on their beauty (70%), personality (20%) and interview (10%).  The rules and criteria shall be prepared by the responsible committee.  Prizes, crowns and certificates shall be awarded to the participants and winners (Reyna at Hari ng Pistahan, Prinsesa ng Pistahan & Dukesa ng Pistahan) on May 31, 2003.

6.      For the best arc and participation, 3 judges shall be invited to choose the best arc during the procession on May 31, 2003.  Criteria and rules shall be prepared by the committee responsible for contests.

7.      RC CEPZ, responsible for the sponsors, shall solicit bannerettes, which shall be hanged and decorated along the Main Avenue from the Bacao gate to the CEZ Sports Complex.  This will give the zone a festive atmosphere during the events.

8.  For the site preparation of the coronation night, this includes the stage, sound system, tables and chairs, communication equipment, and lighting. The CEZ Administration shall choose which location is appropriate, CEZ Sports Complex or the football field.

9.      The committee in charge of the procession shall determine the route of the procession, which may not be limited only to the Main Avenue.  The committee shall also hire a band, which shall lead the parade.

10.  The program after the procession includes folk dancing during the intermission at the coronation night.  Foremost in the program is the message of the CEZ Administrator.

11.  RC CEPZ shall solicit for sponsors for free food and drinks, or booths for food vending.  A separate banquet shall be prepared for participants, guests and committee members.

Budget Requirements

Food and Drinks

P

20,000

Decorations on stage & arcs

 

10,000

Sound System

 

10,000

Prizes for Santacruzan & Reyna ng Pistahan.

 

 

Best Arc

 

5,000

Best Costume

 

5,000

Dukesa ng Pistahan

 

3,000

Prinsesa ng Pistahan

 

5,000

Reyna ng Pistahan

 

10,000

Sash/Crowns/Bouquets

 

5,000

Information materials and streamers

 

5,000

Parade band and entertainment

 

10,000

TOTAL

P

98,000

Important  Dates

03/19/03

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Presentation of project proposal before RC CEPZ meeting.

03/21/03

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Presentation of proposal before CEZ Administration.

03/31/03

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Presentation of proposal before CEZIA.

04/01/03

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Meeting of standing committees.

04/07/03

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Start of Invitation for participation and start of solicitation.

04/08/03

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Report of committees before the chairmen of festivities.

04/15/03

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Report of committees before the chairmen of festivities.

04/21/03

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Start of information campaign, and hanging of bannerettes.

04/22/03

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Report of committees before the chairmen of festivities.

04/29/03

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Report of committees before the chairmen of festivities.

05/06/03

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Report of committees before the chairmen of festivities.

05/10/03

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Bingo Social (1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

05/13/03

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Deadline of submission of participants in the Santacruzan.

05/17/03

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Karakol at Rosario Town Plaza.

05/24/03

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Palaro at CEZ Sports Complex (1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

05/31/03

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Santacruzan and Reyna ng Pistahan Coronation.

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