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CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES: Your What and Where Guide – Part 1

Christmas Bonanza Promo @ Manila Ocean Park. Make this Christmas extra “SEA-pecial” with Manila Ocean Park’s Christmas Bonanza Promo. Families and friends can get discounted packages for a whole or half-day tour at the park.

At discounted rates of Php 500 up to Php 900, everyone can catch the exciting marine life attractions and watch the fantastic shows!

For the first time ever, Manila Ocean Park brings the most adorable penguins to Manila too! Visitors can watch and interact with real-life penguins in the various shows and activities offered.

Promo runs from December 1 to January 31, 2013. For more information visit www.manilaoceanpark.com


Pasko Fiesta Davao 2012. TheCity Government of Davao offers a month-long Christmas celebration. Paskong Fiesta 2012 will be having its grand opening on December 7, 2012 at the Rainbow Drive of People’s Park starting at 5pm.

The park will be converted into a jolly Christmas Park where Davaoenos and visitors can enjoy sceneries decorated by colorful lighted parols and in which they could hear traditional Christmas jingles being played.

Along with the grand opening, various competitions will also be launched such as:

  • Kahayag sa Pasko (Light of Christmas) – A competition for the best Christmas light-decorated establishment in Davao City.
  • Parolan sa Pasko – A competition of the most skillfully designed traditional Parol made out of indigenous and recycled materials.
  • Lamdag Parada – A Christmas night parade of lighted floats and Christmas characters and symbols each conveying a unique interpretation of the essence of Christmas
  • Tugsayaw – A Christmas-themed musical filled with performances that will showcase talented entertainers from Davao
  • Panaygon sa Pasko – A competition for the best Christmas Carolers in Davao City;
  • Paskong Kahoy – A Christmas Tree making competition using recycled materials that will highlight the creativity and skills of Davaoenos
  • Handuraw sa Himaya – A Nativity Visual Arts Competition for Young Artists at the Museo Dabawenyo that features the Nativity Scene.

The City Government of Davao has allotted Php 1,926,000 in cash as prizes to the said competitions. One of the highlights of Paskong Fiesta 2012 is the first ever Christmas Lights show in the Grand lawn of People’s Park, which will start on December 21, 2012 until January 1, 2013. The show will play every night.

For more information visit www.davaoeagle.com

Christmas Village of Hope @ SM City Cebu. SM City Cebu spreads the Christmas joy to the public through a scale-model layout of miniature houses and community attractions, homesteads, fairs, zoos, marinas, lighthouses, and trains, among others known as  the Christmas Village of Hope. With over a hundred miniature showpieces, both children and adults, especially art collectors, will enjoy this intricate Christmas display. Not only is it fun to see, but the Christmas Village of hope also aims to support children with cancer as it teams up with Kythe Inc., a non-profit organization. Individuals are encouraged to donate and in return, will have their names labeled on one of the miniature pieces.

The display is located at the Ground Floor, North Wing Atrium of SM City Cebu.

Silahis ng Pasko Baguio 2012. The summer capital of the Philippines offers its longest running, most meaningful and enjoyable Christmas offering in the city with Silahis ng Pasko. Now on its 39th year, the event includes the ff. activities:

* PMA Cadet’s Day at the Park with the Silent Drill Exhibition at Burnham Park and Band Concert at George Malcolm Square (People’s Park) on December 9, 2012

* Quest for the Baguio Lucky Christmas Family belonging to the indigent families in the city of Baguio where red carpet reception, accommodation, sightseeing tours and more surprises awaits on December 7 until December 10, 2012.

* Immaculate Conception Day Festivities on December 8, 2012

* The “Special Day for Special People” is a day for the differently abled persons can highlight their talents and physical capabilities in sports activities like a walkathon, wheelathon and chess. It will be held on December 15, 2012.

* The Children’s Palaro will be for the children to socialize and enjoy at the People’s Park on December 15, 2012.

* A Christmas Cantata for city folks to watch and enjoy on December 15, 2012

Silahis ng Pasko 2012 aims to promote the city’s tourist destinations and talents of its residents. It also aims to create unity and camaraderie among the people of Baguio and to give joy to everybody most especially to the children and less fortunate.

Photo from tripadvisor

Burnham Park serves as a lovely setting for Silahis ng Pasko events

Ayala Enchanting Lights and Sound Show @ Ayala Triangle Makati. From November 16 to December 30 2012, folks can watch the lights come to life at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. The show runs every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Folks can expect beautiful light decorations and music by award winning lighting designer Voltaire de Jesus and composers Mikey Arnistoso and Jass Nicholas. Magical orbs will seemingly fall from the sky while dancing to popular Christmas music as lasers and artificial smoke/fog will surround visitors. What is the best part about this event? It is free!

Giant Lantern Festival @ San Fernando, Pampanga. Also known as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando, Pampanga annually celebrates their famous Giant Lantern Festival. The festival displays colorful gigantic (each will stand about 20 feet tall!) lanterns made of over 5,000 flashing light bulbs by the skilled artisans of San Fernando. The barangays or villages located in San Fernando, such as Santa Lucia, San Pedro, San Juan, Santo Nino, San Jose, San Nicolas, Del Pilar, Dolores, Calulut, Telabastagan, and Del Carmen.

General information:

Dec 15 · 6:00pm · Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga · COMPETITION DAY!
Dec 16 to 21 · 6:30pm · Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga
Dec 22 · 7pm · Essel Park, Telabastagan, CSFPa
Dec 23 · 7pm · Greenfields Subd., Sindalan, CSFP
Dec 24 · 11pm · In front of Metropolitan Cathedral/City Hall, City Proper, CSFP
Dec 25, 2012 to Jan 3, 2013 · 630pm · Robinsons Starmills
Dec 27 · 7pm · Special Lantern Exhibition of 6 giant lanterns at Clark, Pampanga
Dec 29-30 · 6pm · Special Lantern Exhibition of 4 giant lanterns at Marquee Mall, Angeles City

Photo by Berlina Yu

 (2011) Audiences are up on their feet watching the lanterns dance to a me



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