Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pasko Fiesta Davao 2012

At the City Hall of Davao

The grand opening of the month-long celebration of the much awaited Pasko Fiesta 2012 will be held at the Rainbow Drive of the People's Park come December 7, 2012, starting at 5 PM. 

The four-hectare Park and some key areas therein will be converted into a Christmas Park where Dabawenyos will enjoy colorful lighted Parols and hear a symphony of traditional Filipino Christmas music being played. Various fun-filled competitions will also be launched simultaneously with the grand opening such as:

  • Kahayag sa Pasko (Light of Christmas) - A Christmas light decorative competition for lighted establishment throughout Davao City;
  • Parolan sa Pasko - A Christmas Star and Tree design competition on the skillful and ingenious ways of designing and creating the traditional Filipino Parol  or Christmas lantern made out of recycled materials;
  • Lamdag Parada - A Christmas night parade of lighted floats and Christmas characters and symbols that come in a variety of concepts, shapes and sizes, each conveying a unique interpretation of the essence of Christmas;
  • Tugsayaw -  A Christmas-themed live musical and dance presentation contest that showcases  music and dance, all in one grand Christmas performance.
  • Panaygon sa Pasko  - A competition for the best Christmas Carolers in Davao City;
  • Paskong Kahoy - A Christmas Tree making competition using recycled materials that showcases the unique craftsmanship of Dabawenyos; 
  • Handuraw sa Himaya - A Nativity Visual Arts Competition for Young Artists at the Museo Dabawenyo which features the Nativity Scene.

The City Government of Davao City has allotted Php 1,926,000 in cash prizes for the said competitions. For guidelines on these various Pasko Fiesta 2012 competitions, click HERE.

Also, one of the main highlights of the Pasko Fiesta 2012 is the Grand Christmas Lights Show - a first ever light show in the City which will be lighted at the Grand Lawn of the People's Park beginning December 21 and will continue until January 1, 2013. The show is estimated to cost around Php 2 Million and will be a six-minute long show of colorful lights and lighted Parols along with a symphony of traditional Filipino Christmas music played every hour nightly. 

DUAW Davao Festival Foundation, one of the organizers and private-partners of the City Government of Davao,  has set aside Php 3.5 Million for the activities during the annual event, and will handle the grand opening, the light show display, Hudyakaan sa Kapaskuhan, Rondalsaya Caravan and the various performances.

Below are updates on the Schedule of Events and Activities taking place on the upcoming Pasko Fiesta 2012:

  • Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw Grand Opening Ceremony on December 7 at 5 PM at the Rainbow Drive of People's Park;
  • Hulagway sa Pasko Fiesta: A Photo Competition. Deadline for submission of entries is on December 27 at 5 PM at the City Information Office. Exhibit of winning photos is from December 29 to January 11, 2013 at the City Hall of Davao Lobby;
  • Pasko Fiesta sa Rizal Park Ug Magsaysay Park from December 1 to January 2, 2013, from 6 PM  to 10 PM, Mondays to Fridays at the Rizal Park, and from 4 PM to 11 PM, Saturdays to Sundays at Magsaysay Park;
  • Pasko Fiesta Pasalubong Center from December 3 to 31 between 10 AM to 7 PM at the Pasalubong Center in Palma Hill Street;
  • Pasko Fiesta sa mga Bata (Morning Fiesta and Afternoon Fiesta) on December 7 from 8 AM to 12 Noon, and 1 PM to 5 PM at the Davao Recreation Center;
  • Elderlympics Opening Program on December 7 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM at the RMC Gymnasium. Free Medical Check-up on December 8 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the RMC Gymnasium. Awarding is on December 10 from 2 PM TO 8 PM at the Davao City Recreational Center;
  • Kahayag sa Pasko Competition from December 7 to 31 All around Davao City. Deadline of Submission of Entries is on December 6 at 3 PM at the Duaw Davao Foundation;
  • Parol ug Paskong Kahoy Design Competition from December 10 to January 1, 2013 from 1 PM to 10 PM from Sundays thru Thursdays at the People's Park, and from 1 PM to 11 PM Fridays to Saturdays. Deadline for submission of entries is on December 10 at 5 PM at the Duaw Davao Foundation;
  • Libro sa Pasko on December 12 from 12 NN to 8 PM at the SM City Annex Atrium in Ecoland;
  • Hudyakan sa Kapaskuhan from December 14 to 23 between 6 PM to 2 PM in Bolton Street Extension;
  • Rondalsaya Performance on December 16 at the Rizal Park;
  • Pasko Fiesta sa Museo Dabawenyo "Handuraw sa Himaya: A Nativity Visual Arts Competition for Young Artist". Deadline for submission of entries is on December 13 at 5 PM at the Museo Dabawenyo. Exhibit is from December 17  to Jan 10, 2013 between 9 AM to 6 PM at the Museo Dabawenyo;
  • Panaygon Competition from December 17 to 19 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Rizal Park;
  • Rondalsaya Caravan from December 17 to 25 at 6 PM to be held in various venues;
  • Tugsayaw Competition from December 20 to 21 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Rizal Park;
  • Search for the Bb. Barangay 2012. Grand Coronation night is on December 20 at 6 PM at the Davao City Recreational Center;
  • Pasko Fiesta Light Show Display from December 21 to January 1, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, and at 8:30 PM at the Great Lawn of the People's Park;
  • Lamdag Parada on December 22 at 6 PM along Roxas Street, C.M Recto Street, Bonifacio Street, Pelayo Street, San Pedro Street, and at the Rizal Park.

Reference: City Government of Davao

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