Ba­colod sets first Satur­day of De­cem­ber as Christ­mas fes­ti­val of lights cel­e­bra­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

THE or­di­nance declar­ing the first Satur­day of De­cem­ber as an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas Fes­ti­val of Lights in Ba­colod City was ap­proved by the City Coun­cil on its third and fi­nal read­ing.

The or­di­nance was au­thored by Coun­cilor Em Ang, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil Com­mit­tee in tourism.

In or­der to sus­tain the spirit in cel­e­bra­tion of the birth of Christ, parad­ing with lights and mu­sic around the city will be a sym­bol of hope for the Lord’s com­ing, Ang said.

She said the lan­tern mak­ing as part of the ob­ser­vance of Christ­mas, is “one of the tra­di­tional Filipino prac­tices that are unique to our peo­ple and cul­ture.”

Ang noted that the STI-WEST Ne­gros Uni­ver­sity as an in­sti­tu­tion spear­headed the pa­rade of lights for the last 22 years to echo to the com­mu­nity the joys and hopes it brings the cel­e­bra­tion of one­ness and love for each other.

“Cel­e­brat­ing the Fes­ti­val of Lights will not only pre­serve the cul­ture of Ba­colod­nons in ob­serv­ing the Christ­mas Sea­son but will also be another grand tourism event in the city ev­ery De­cem­ber,” Ang said.

She said this or­di­nance aims to pro­mote the spirit of Christ­mas; to keep and main­tain cer­tain tra­di­tions and val­ues which are of his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural im­por­tance; and to pro­vide a whole­some out­let for artis­tic ex­pres­sion, cre­ativ­ity, and en­joy­ment for all stu­dents of Ba­colod.*

BA­COLOD CITY PIO

ANTI-DRUG. Danger­ous Drugs Board (DDB) chair­man Catal­ino Cuy (left) and DDB Un­der­sec­re­tary Earl Saave­dra (right) hud­dle with Ba­colod Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia on the progress of the con­struc­tion of the first Ba­colod Drug Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Barangay Ali­jis. This P35-mil­lion fa­cil­ity is a joint pro­ject of the DDB and the city in line with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs na­tion­wide cam­paign.

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