TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental - A new set of Christmas symbols featuring 14 landmarks of select countries have been put up by the local government of Tangub City at the City Plaza for its 2019 Christmas Symbol Festival.
Thousands joined in the countdown including national, regional and provincial line agencies.
As guest speaker to the event, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar said the creativity of this event has brightened the city and given joy to the residents and to everyone who comes to visit.
It has been 27 years since the first-ever lighting ceremony of the Christmas Symbol Festival in Tangub.
The secretary added, “My office will definitely share and show this splendid display of lights to the rest of our country for the people to enjoy.”
Tangub has gathered the artistic minds and hands for the creation of these lighted masterpieces, he said.
“Essentially, it is the light that shows us the better side of life itself; that makes real possibilities of the invisible when shone brightly before our eyes; and that gives us the way towards a better future, where there is no more,” Andanar shared.
Every lighted structure is a work of converging imaginative talents, meticulous labor, and skillful hands.
Andanar added, “A dignified life of comfort for every Filipino, which our President has set as his vision may well be reflected in this joyous illumination of Tangub.”
Tangub City in Misamis Occidental is touted to be the “Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines” because it is illuminated by different kinds of Christmas installations every year.
Christmas Symbols Festival is one of the most anticipated shows in Northern Mindanao.
It brings some of the world’s famous landmarks in a spectacle of light and gigantic art displays.
For his part, Governor Philip Tan highlighted the most important and exciting moment every year is to be here on December 1.
“Twenty-seven years of loving, sharing, caring and giving. It all started with one star and a Christmas tree and then slowly it grows bigger and bigger but the growth of Christmas symbol did not stop from the plaza,” Tan shared.
The Governor said this is the Tangubanon way of simply giving and sharing the essence of Christmas from simple to an extravagant celebration.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Jennifer Wee Tan said the sites featured were the Ashikaga Flowers Park in Japan, Patterson Park Pagoda in USA, Temple of Athena in Greece, Transparent Church of Borgloon in Belgium, Metropolitan Church in Philippines, Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta USA, Tivoli Gardens Denmark, Nautilus House – Naucalpan in Mexico, Park Of Cacti In Barcelona Spain, Basilica in Paris, France, Victory Square in Kyrgyzsta, Floral Peacock in Dubai, Berlin walk in Germany, Cascada Monumental Barcelona, Spain, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei and Keukenhof in the Netherlands.
“One of the must-see destinations in the Philippines, during Christmas season. Tangub City offers an amazing display of Christmas symbols. An annual festival full of illuminated replicas of iconic landmarks from around the world,” she said.
She added that visitors can even pay P40 to pick up their very own “passport,” which they can then get stamped at each of the “countries” they visit during the festival.
The Christmas Symbol Festival will run from December 1, 2019 to January 8, 2020. (SMRN/PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL/SMRN)
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