Monday, December 15, 2014

Heart of Christmas Parks in Iloilo

Photos courtesy of vincengregorii.blogspot.com

Christmas season in rural Philippines is filled with traditions. Christmas trees…light show…fireworks…local delicacies, and Christmas characters.  Bring the family and bundle up in your favorite Christmas Park in the province of Iloilo.



Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in many municipalities in the province of Iloilo. For many years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over Iloilo together during the holidays.




Each year, municipal parks are transformed into a holiday fantasy with many musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and huge Community Giving Trees. Visitors can enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through trees decorated by community groups and businesses partners.

IWAG Festival of Lights of the Muncipality of Pototan will celebrate its 18th year with its colorful display of Christmas lights landscaping the whole of its Municipal Plaza starting December 16 till January 2, 2015, Monday through Sunday from 6 p.m. till 10 in the evening.  This annual spectacle is considered to be the best holiday light show in the region.

photo by Hon. Christine S. Garin - Municipal Mayor, Guimbal
DISYEMBRE SA GUIMBAL, now on its 39th year will open on December 16 – 25 with a Food Festival and Agro Fair at the Municipal Plaza with daily activities starting with a Grand Parade at 4 p.m., Opening Program and Switching-on of Lights at 7 p.m., and LGU Kapuso Night with guest artists Kylie Pasilla and Derrick Monasterio; December 17 at 8 p.m. with the Search for Mr. and Miss Teen Guimbal; December 18 featuring Kultura, a cultural show by Guimbal Performing Arts and  Sikat Kang Guimbal by DepEd Elementary; December 19 will have Bloodletting at 8 a.m. at the RPGTM Hospital, Bongga ka Tay, Bongga ka Nay at 8 p.m.; December 20 at 8 p.m. will feature Gandang Lalaki Kuma-Career; December 21 at 8 p.m. will have Macho Gwapita; December 22 will have Drum Corps Competition at 1 p.m. and the Search for Super Mama at 8 p.m.; December 23 opens will the Search for Bb. Disyembre sa Guimbal; December 24 at 8 p.m. will have JESUS, the Reason for the Season; December 25 at 8 p.m. opens with Disco Derby.

LIGHT-A-TREE PROGRAM of the Municipality of Oton will be open to the public on December 15-20, 2014 with activities that include a Christmas display through Christmas Around the World at the Municipal Plaza at 6 p.m.; December 16 will showcase Dance Revo at 6 p.m.; December 17 highlights the DepEd Fun Night (Public and Private Elementary) at 6 p.m.; December 18 will have the Search for Batang Idol 2014 at 6 p.m.;  December 19 is Gift-Giving at the Heritage Lagoon at 1 p.m. and Zumba Party at the Gym at 5 p.m. and the Chorale Group Presentation at the  plaza at 6 p.m. ; December 20 shines brighter with the Search for Singing Star 2014 at 6 p.m.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, an annual Christmas park celebration of the Municipality of Janiuay will open on December 15 at 6 p.m. at the Janiuay Public Plaza. Daily activities until December 22 will showcase cultural presentations and food festival.
                                                                                 
PASKWA HALAD SA BANWA of the Municipality of Mina will celebrate its annual Christmas Showcase on December 15-23, 2014 with its ceremonial lighting and opening program on December 15 (Monday) at the Municipal Grandstand. Street dancing will start at 5 p.m. with the ceremony of the opening at 6 p.m.



PASKWA SA PAROKYA 2014 of the Municipality of Igbaras will be highlighted with its MKK Christmas Tree Contest with the judging on December 23 at 5 p.m. at the Parish Church grounds and on December 24 will feature the Daigon Contest at the covered gymnasium.



Besides the Christmas Park activities, there is so much to see and do in the area where visitors will not have to travel far to enjoy a wide variety of natural and historical attractions each town has to offer.  Make your visit to many of rural Iloilo’s Christmas Parks an annual event with family and friends. Make it a new tradition that you and your children and friends will remember forever.


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