Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Christmas in the Park Tour around Iloilo

photo by JV Perez (PALI)

The province of Iloilo has been gearing up for months in anticipation of Christmas celebrations and, as the days of holiday fun draw nearer, event plans are coming to life.

Christmas in the parks around Iloilo has been the forefront for many years as everyone enjoys walking around in the park and seeing the different Christmas lights and decorations. It is an amazing local tradition that helps bring much a much needed sense of community to many Ilonggos.

photo by JV Perez (PALI)

Celebrating the holidays has never been better for our community especially for our children. Each year the decorations are more impressive and the turnout seem bigger, with hundreds of thousands of glowing bulbs and Christmas animated figures, you will be amazed at the enchantment and wonder of it all.

Many are happy that some towns were able to afford the Christmas in the Park concept for many years. Ilonggos have been visiting these holiday attractions almost every year and for them, it is more than just a park with decorated trees, it is all about the holiday experience and cherished memories.

The Christmas displays, albeit the majority of them have been reused and abused, many still look forward to the creative themes that many of these towns and the city come up with to decorate their trees. These Christmas light displays are beautiful and a great way to share the magic and joy of the season.

Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through many of Iloilo’s spectacle of Christmas lights display at the park where trees are decorated with hundreds of thousands of spectacular animated and stationary holiday lights that twinkle along to Christmas music, illuminating the roadway.

Iloilo is a big-time destination at Christmas, and a family destination with theme parks, a favorite holiday tradition of so many Ilonggos.

The festive lighting of municipal parks in Iloilo during the Christmas holiday season is a long standing tradition. The municipality of Pototan, not only known as the leading rice producer in Western Visayas but also the region’s Christmas Capital. The town will celebrate its 15th IWAG Festival of Lights from December 16, 2011 till January 2, 2012. This longest-running Christmas event in Iloilo draws tremendous community support.Since then, illuminated park trees grew with mounting enthusiasm in the neighboring towns and elsewhere around Iloilo. The celebration is accompanied by prayer, holiday entertainment nightly and light refreshments.

On December 15-23 the community of Janiuay will gather to kickoff the start of the holiday season at the annual Festival of Lights ceremony. The tradition of this town's Christmas Park had humble beginnings.

The town of Mina will have its week-long Christmas event celebration, “Paskwa Halad sa Banwa” opening on December 15. The spirit to serve the community is a core value of the local government of this town which gives all the opportunity to give back to the community through this event. Street dancing, ceremonial lighting, fireworks display, food fair and a garden show are the highlights of the celebration.

Over a period of time, strings of Christmas lights found their way into use in New Lucena with their annual Kasadyahan sa Paskwa from December 15-31 and caps with a countdown and fireworks display on the eve of December 31st.

The agricultural town of Alimodian will also open its Christmas event through its annual Agri-tourism Fair and Christmas Festival on December 3-23, 2011. Barangay districts of the area take turns in the nightly holiday showcase featuring the talented people of this town.

The municipal plaza of Oton is decorated with long mostly-vertical strings of a common theme and activated simultaneously in a grand illumination ceremony annually held every December 15-23 with the Light-A-Tree Program and Food Festival.

Iloilo is a big-time destination at Christmas, and a family destination with theme parks, a favorite holiday tradition of so many Ilonggos.

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