Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Magical Evening with IWAG Christmas Festival of Lights

Pototan, Iloilo transforms its grounds into a spectacular wonderland of lights. Its magnificent drive-through Christmas Light Show is bigger and better every year. This year, the town will feature even more light displays with sparkling lights professionally done to cover its entire plaza complex. 

So, if you are wondering where you can find the best Christmas lights in Iloilo, then look no further. The IWAG Christmas Festival of Lights will open after a short program at around 6 p.m. of December 16, 2016 with an opening salvo of the Street Dancing Competition at 1 p.m. The celebration is a must-see holiday attraction for the entire family.

The history of Christmas lights dates back all the way to northern Europe with its winter light tradition. This pagan ritual of bonfire of sorts represents their hope of ending the darkness of December and that the sun would once again shine. Christmas lights have come a long way, from the early bonfires to candles on Christmas trees, and to the popular LED lights that we have today.

Many towns in Iloilo have pushed the limits of creativity in terms of decorating their municipal plazas with Christmas lights. And It just would not be Christmas time in Iloilo without the flickering lights that have become a part of our Christmas tradition, a symbol of prosperity and end-of-the-year celebration as much as the birth of Jesus.

It was in 1997 when a group of Pototanons (IWAG) organized themselves and had since become a strong and dedicated partner of its Municipal Government in the preparation and the celebration of lights every December.

Since then, the celebration of the Christmas Festival of Lights has become a tradition not only of the people of Pototan but the entire Ilonggo community that they look forward to each year. It was declared by the Department of Tourism, Regional Office as the "Christmas Capital of Western Visayas.”

There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than strolling through its festival of lights. Bring everyone, young and old and experience IWAG Christmas Festival of Lights all choreographed to your favourite holiday classics.

Adding to the magic of the night will be the eat treats available on-site while enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas in a whole new way. Make a holiday memory this year that the kids will remember for a lifetime.

Pototan’s IWAG Christmas Festival of Lights will run until January 2, 2017.

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