LIKE the beauty and gradeur of the shooting star on a December night, the annual Children-Parents Christmas Mardi Gras of Silahis ng Pasko sa Baguio started its meaningful caring and monthlong series of activities Thursday morning. Over 4,000 CSWDO Day Care pupils and their parents clad in colorful and different costumes portraying scenes of the Holy Nativity like Baby Jesus, Mother Mary and St. Joseph, the Three Kings , angels, shepherds and an array of other Christmas decoration symbols, joyfully march-passed along Session Road. The Mardi Gras ended at the Burnham Athletic Grandstand for the city's Yuletide Season opening salvo. City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Congressman Mark Go led a core of local government officials in greeting and congratulating organizers and participants, together with City Councilors Elmer Datuin and Lilian Fariñas.
A highlight of the occasion also centered on the coronation ceremonies of the Miss and Mr. Little Silahis ng Pasko '16 muses headed by Angelica Joy Villaforte and Kaizer Kail Challoy. A talent show by winners of the "CSWDO Children Got Talents Palabas" thrilled the spectators who were at the grandstand.
Tommorow, Sunday, the Philippine Military Academy AFP, caring and sharing Yuletide offering will be staged at the Burnham Athletic Oval.
The PMA Cadets Day at the Park special events is schedule to start at 9 o clock in the morning. A Silent Drill exhibition by an elite company from the Corps of Cadets will display their extra-ordinary talents and skills. The special guests for the program include Senior Citizen from BARP Foundation, FBASECA, PGREA, the SNPB project committee, the CSWDO Day Care Centers population and for the first time a group of our city and CAR most outstanding national and international veteran sportwoman Erlinda Lavandia, ONE martial arts Lightweight Division world Champion Eduard Folayang and lady wushu gold medalist Division Wally, the first Filipina ever to capture the elusive honor in the World Wushu Championships, for the years 2015 and 2016. Of course, our out-of-town visitors and our cosmopolitan residents are cordially welcomed to the day's presentation which will include a PMA Band Christmas Concert in the afternoon.
From Dec. 8-11, the Baguio Lucky Foreign Visitors 2016 will be accorded red carpet welcome reception by the events sponsors led by the National Correspondents Club of Baguio (NCCB) and the Department of Tourism-CAR Regional Office. NCCB VP and Radio DZRH Correspondent Rommy Gonzales and Amianan Balita editor Tom Picaña are co-chairmen of the special International tourism promotions undertaking with the support of DOT-CAR headed by Regional Director Venus Tan.
The pictures in my weekend article were taken by Rj Cayabyab. It shows the highlight of SNPB '16 grand opening program.