City resets ‘Pasko’ opening on Monday

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Friday, December 6, 2013

THE City Government of Davao postponed the Dan-ag Dabaw, the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Pasko Fiesta that was scheduled last night after some solicited Christmas adornments arrived only Friday morning.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, spokesperson for Pasko Fiesta, said they had to postpone the opening of the city's annual Christmas celebration as there are still some works to be done.

He said they still have to install some Christmas decorations donated by a Davao businessman that only arrived Friday morning.

The much-awaited lighting of Christmas lights and lanterns installed around the City Hall will have to wait until Monday, December 9, when Dan-ag Dabaw opens that day, starting at 5 p.m.

The Pasko Fiesta opening ceremony will be attended by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

"Dili makaya ug install dayon. Nangapa gyud ang GSO (General Services Office) sa pag taod ato. In fact, until now, nagataod pa sila. Gina double time na nila karon (It would take time for us to install those decorations. Personnel from General Services Office are working double time to set it up)," Alejandre said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

He said these adornments, which were shipped from China, were donated by James Gaisano.

Duterte earlier announced that all the Christmas decorations the city will use for this year's yuletide season are all donations.

Aside from these donated items, the city also utilized recycled decorations.

City administrator lawyer Melchor Quitain said there is a need to postpone the Dan-ag Dabaw since the main attraction and highlight of the opening program will be the "lighting of decorations."

"Kaso masyadong marami eh. So it would take time talaga," Quitain said in an interview after the City Peace and Order Council meeting on Friday at Grand Men Seng Hotel.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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