Trophies up fro grab during sporting events
One of the tent representing a barangay
The people of Zamboanga del Norte is one Filipino group in the United States, that not only seeks unity among its compatriots but also promotes understanding among its varied people. Today, they have commemorated the homegrown HUDYAKA FESTIVAL Chicago version, a once popular celebration literally means "revelry" that was observed in their province. It was celebrated in Zamboanga del Norte since 2005 but was stopped amid the change in political leadership in 2013.
The celebration unites the people of the 25 Municipalities of the province and its two component cities, it also binds up immigrants who are now living in the Midwest, the United States and other parts of the US. The activities were coordinated by the Zamboanga deal Norte Association in Illinois (ZAMNAI) together with the independent cluster groups representing different municipalities and cities. The celebration is practically a get together affair where tents were set on each group and a sports events that follow to spice up the celebration. Today's activities were preceded by a holy mass and then the usual opening parade and program. It is celebrated at Busse Forest in Elk Grove, Illinois.
Zamboanga del Norte immigrants from as far as the state of Idaho and neighboring Michigan state also graced the occasion. Hudyaka Festiva, it can be recalled had trail blazed in the past nine years in the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan from 2004 up to 2013, however, it was stopped and changed with another festival to suit the taste of the new administration in the year 2014. Dodging politics however, organizers of Hudyaka Zanorte in Chicago opted to continue the tradition as it has unified their spirit and inspired belonginess among the immigrants.