Oro City Hall lights up for Christ­mas

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - Jo Ann Sablad

THE Ca­gayan de Oro City Hall lit up with hun­dreds of col­or­ful lights as it launched its an­nual lights and sound show “Sym­phony of Lights” last Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, as part of its Pasko de Oro event.

The Sym­phony of Lights, the City Gov­ern­ment’s mil­lion peso

pro­ject for the hol­i­day sea­son, will run from De­cem­ber 3 un­til the Chi­nese New Year next year, ac­cord­ing to City Coun­cilor Jay Roa Pas­cual, the tourism com­mit­tee chair­man.

Hun­dreds of Ka­gay-anons gath­ered at the city hall grounds to wit­ness the cer­e­mo­nial switch­ing on of the lights.

Ac­cord­ing to City In­vest­ments and Promotions of­fi­cer Eileen San Juan, the city spent less this year com­pared to last year’s launch­ing of Sym­phony of Lights as they re­use the same set of lights.

“Last year, we spent more kay mao man tong pagkuha gyud sa mga lights. Karon, gigamit lang gyapon tong the same lights,” San Juan said.

City Mayor Os­car Moreno, for his part, said that even though the lights are all the same, “its how you play with the lights that make it dif­fer­ent.”

“The mes­sage here is that Christ­mas is al­ways a sea­son of mer­ri­ment and joy and hap­pi­ness and it is ex­pressed via lights,” Moreno said.

The city mayor also men­tioned his plan for the Ysalina bridge to be lighted not just for Christ­mas but for the whole year.

“So its a dif­fer­ent con­cept all to­gether, its not for Christ­mas, its for the whole year. And so, pre­cisely, that’s why we’re cal­i­brat­ing it, we’re light­ing the Ysalina bridge af­ter the Christ­mas is over,” Moreno said.

Prior to the launch­ing of this year’s Sym­phony of Lights, the City Gov­ern­ment also awarded the win­ners for the Pasko­rela and Pasko de Oro Pa­rade com­pe­ti­tion.

For the Pasko­rela or Dress Up Your Own Mo­torela con­test, mo­torela op­er­a­tor Michael Tee (mo­torela #1299) won the first prize, re­ceiv­ing a cash prize of P40,000.

This was fol­lowed by mo­torela operators Wendell Mer­cado (mo­torela #1874) and Ar­lyn Jun Mer­cado (mo­torela #2174) as sec­ond and third prize win­ners re­spec­tively.

Pasko de Oro Pa­rade, on the other hand, the Pe­dro Oloy N. Roa El­e­men­tary School won the Best in Christ­mas Ac­cent, Most Dis­ci­plined and Best Band Ma­jorette awards.

Camp Evanghe­lista El­e­men­tary School also won the Best Mu­si­cal­ity and Best Band Mas­ter awards.

Pe­dro Oloy N. Roa El­e­men­tary School also per­formed for the crowd gath­ered in the city hall grounds be­fore the Sym­phony of Lights was launched.

This is not the end of the city’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion for it still has the Christ­mas Bazaar of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the liveli­hood projects of the Bot­tom-Up-Bud­get­ing (BUB) on De­cem­ber 10 at the Gas­ton Park and the dis­play of Christ­mas Icons, a con­test par­tic­i­pated by dif­fer­ent barangays of the city on the same day.

There is also the Bangga sa Day­gon, a choral com­pe­ti­tion par­tic­i­pated by el­e­men­tary school stu­dents from all over the city, to be held on De­cem­ber 5 in SM City Ca­gayan de Oro.

A gar­den show at Magsaysay Park in Divi­so­ria will also open on De­cem­ber 6.

“We’re in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing ang atong events sa Ca­gayan de Oro and Pasko de Oro is one for our Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion,” San Juan said.

“So we’d like to in­vite ev­ery­one here sa City Hall sa atong lights ev­ery night unya dayon ang atong up­com­ing bazaar also at Gas­ton Park and dis­play of Christ­mas icons and ang atong Bangga sa Day­gon, to be par­tic­i­pated by dif­fer­ent schools on De­cem­ber 5. And open­ing of our gar­den show didto sa Magsaysay Park on De­cem­ber 6,” she added.

(JO ANN SABLAD)

THE Ca­gayan de Oro City Hall lit up with hun­dreds of col­or­ful lights as it launched its an­nual lights and sound show "Sym­phony of Lights" last Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, as part of its Pasko de Oro event.

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