IT WAS past 7 p.m. when we entered the gated community of Camella Toscana located in Puan. A tricycle servicing the subdivision guided us to a house festooned with lighted Christmas decors. The bright yuletide lights can be seen several houses away.
Fe Ayop, the owner of the house warmly welcomed the production team of Lou Works Studio who will be shooting some scenes for Davao Pasko Fiesta’s music video. She even prepared a sumptuous meal of spaghetti and fried chicken for the team.
The 51-year old Fe says she wants to share the spirit of Christmas through the Christmas house at Toscana. It is an annual tradition which she has been doing for four years already.
Santa Claus statues, reindeer figurines, Eiffel Tower, lighted helicopter and illuminated shapes and forms that reminded you of Christmas can be found in the home. Fe says she sources the decors from stores and shops around the city, whatever that fancies her she puts it in the Toscana home. Fe says the home is open for people who would want to see the decorations.
Just like Fe Ayop’s home, The Davao Pasko Fiesta is aiming to share the spirit of Christmas to Dabawenyos. One of the City’s major annual celebrations next to Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan, the Davao Pasko Fiesta celebrates the Filipino Christmas tradition across the city. This year’s DPF is a virtual affair filled with online events like contests, concerts, reality series which centers around the Dabawenyo family.
This year’s pasko fiesta has the theme “ Buong Pamilya, Sama-samang Magsasaya, Puno ng Pag-ibig at Pagasa!” (The whole family, celebrating together filled with love and hope).
“We are really encouraging the families to participate in our many activities and contests this is for them, para ito kina lolo, lola, tatay, nanay, ate, kuya, bunso, tito, tita” Gatchalian said during the virtual media launch held today (Nov. 3).
Among the various online family contests include tiktok dance contest, caroling, parol-making and family picture taking.
According to City Tourism Operations Office head Generose Tecson the online Davao Pasko Fiesta or what is dubbed as Davao PASKOnline Fiesta wants to encourage people to stay at home this Christmas and to take care of themselves as the COVID-19 though it is on the downtrend has not completely disappeared.
For updates on the Davao Pasko Fiesta and its activities and contests plus mechanics and schedules you can visit their Facebook Page Davao Pasko Fiesta.