Tangub launches annual Christmas symbols fest

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

TANGUB CITY – Glittering lights of the 17 gigantic Christmas symbols were switched on in the evening of December 1 here.

This year, the festival showcases part two of “Christmas around the world” theme. It depicts the various landmarks of different countries around the world.

Tangub City Mayor Philip Tan, a lawyer by profession, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the festival started when he and his wife, Jennifer, on December 1, 1992 went to the plaza and realized how bare it was for Christmas.

The couple decided to buy Christmas lights and set up lanterns. From then on, the couple noticed that people began to gather and sold foods and drinks. They also brought lanterns with them. Every night, the people gathered, sang Christmas carols that brought more cheers. Thus, it started the Christmas symbols festival.

Since 1992 until this year, Tangub’s Christmas symbols festival has become a tourist destination in the country during this yuletide season.

Jennifer Tan, the chairperson Tangub City Tourism Council said: “As we celebrate the 21st year of Christmas symbols festival. This is not just a mere celebration, but we dedicate this year for the victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol, Cebu and Negros province and the thousand brothers and sisters who were victims of the powerful typhoon Yolanda that hit Samar, Leyte Cebu and Aklan.”

Based on records from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) close to 6,000 dead bodies have been recovered and thousands missing and injured, Ms. Tan added.

The entrance fee of P10 will be donated to the Yolanda survivors to the two giant networks in the country, ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation and GMA-7 Kapuso Foundation.

The City Government handed over the two certificates of commitment to the two networks in a simple ceremony Sunday evening.

Aside from the entrance fee, t-shirts with symbolic figure of 10 are being sold at P250 each, half of the amount will go to the donations whole the other half will be paid to the t-shirts and printing."Nothing will go to the city government funds,” Mrs. Tan said.

Tan explained that 10 symbolize the Filipinos’ tenacity to bond together amid the catastrophic calamities to provide strength and moral support from one another.

"For those who have not yet shared their P10, you have still time until December 6 when the Christmas symbols festival culminates, Tan said.

The barangays have also installed and participated in the competition with the assistance of the Regional Tourism Office Region 10.

Tourism regional director Catalino Chan III said the regional office supports Tangub City on its Agri-aqua and Ecotourism development initiatives.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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