Tagum City: Giant Christmas Tree Lights Up

Tagum Lighting of Christmas Tree Ceremony by Jojie Alcantara

Tagum Lighting of Christmas Tree Ceremony by Jojie Alcantara

Tagum Lighting of Christmas Tree Ceremony
© Jojie Alcantara 2012

The iconic Giant Holiday Tree was lighted on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 in the City of Tagum, Davao del Norte, to officially start the festive season of Christmas, and coinciding with Tagum’s 3rd Food Festival, one of the 14 monthly celebrations cooked up by the city with the most festivals.

The newly decorated tree towers at 110.50 feet (33.68 meters) with the following features; lighting accessories – rice bulbs (886 sets -100 bulbs/set), flexy lights red (300 meters), flexy lights green (250 meters), flexy lights yellow (250 meters), flexy lights blue (200 meters) and raindrops cool white (266 pcs).  Its decorative abstract frame consists of: doves – symbolizing Peace (14 pcs),  angels – symbol of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men (10 pcs), lanterns and butterflies – symbolizing ethnicity (71 pcs), green palm tree flexy lights with Capiz shell (3 pcs), an Apex lantern representing the comet when Jesus was born and an abstract frame of a manger at the City Library roof top.

Situated at the Freedom Park, back of the old City Hall, Rizal Street, the ceremony consisted of an opening program, musical performances by the Tagum City Youth Orchestra, and blessings. It was graced by officials and an estimate crowd of 5,000 people.

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About Jojie Alcantara

JOJIE ALCANTARA is a Filipina writer, photographer and artist who leads a double life. One is a stay-at-home recluse of an artist. The other self is a solo traveler out to document unexplored parts of her beautiful islands. In between snippets of rest from a 24/7 duty, she blogs, surfs, watches horror movies at midnight, hosts TV specials, and continues to mourn her loss by wearing Michael Jackson shirts and memorabilia. How she juggles her time remains to be a mystery.