THE City Government of Tagum in Davao del Norte officially lit its Christmas tree ━ the tallest in the entire Philippines on Wednesday evening, December 1, 2021.

In a statement, the City Government said their Christmas tree, standing at 195 feet, is still the tallest in the whole country.

Mayor Allan Rellon explained the importance of the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree.

"This might be unnecessary for some but the joy this event brings to the people gives hope that we are slowly going back to the normal," Rellon said.

He added that the local government deployed marshalls to ensure that the health protocols are being observed in the area.

Rellon also asked Tagumenyos to remain disciplined even if the city already achieved its 70-percent herd immunity during the three-day mass vaccination.

The Christmas tree was adorned with 6,255 multi-colored bulbs and has a design that advocates for simplicity, durability, and resiliency despite the battle against the pandemic.

The tree features five colors that emphasize different meanings ━ blue for inspiration, green for growth and harmony, yellow for positivity and hope, white for purity and simplicity, and red for courage

Tagumenyos can take pictures of the Christmas icon from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.