Tagum City – An unusual holiday awaits the Tagumenyos as Christmas gets nearer everyday amidst the pandemic but Tagum shows resilience through the annual lighting of the tallest Christmas tree in the Philippines albeit no audience to witness the said festivity.
At the start of December, Mayor Allan L. Rellon together with the city officials and selected employees conducted a virtual lighting of the city’s Giant Holiday Tree. The blessing of the iconic Christmas symbol is done by Most Reverend Medil Sacay Aseo, D.D., the bishop of the diocese of Tagum.
The Christmas tree stands at 193 ft. still with the same spatial features such as the ten layers which represent the social contract of the local government unit with the people of Tagum, 23 small stars for each barangays, and the big star as the symbol for the Almighty God.
New features such as the nine solid foundations at the bottom represent the Enneagram or the nine personalities of humans, thousands of led lamp lights and meter rope lights that are more sustainable and brighter than the previous years, and the five colors of the lights that have different meanings associated with surviving the pandemic and spreading love in these trying times.
While the city hall grounds is undergoing rehabilitation, fences are in place disallowing people to go near the giant structure. However, taking pictures is allowed provided that the people would follow the health protocols such as wearing of face masks and shields and observing social distancing. Security personnel will be deployed around the area to ensure the safety of the Tagumenyos as well.
Around the city hall and along JV Ayala Avenue, Christmas light decors designed with “Wear Face Mask, Save Lives” and miniature tribute to frontliners can also be seen.
Mayor Rellon sends his warm holiday greetings to Tagumenyos saying that although the lighting activity did not invite a huge crowd this year, Tagumenyos should not be sad and instead be optimistic that “mibarog gihapon ta” or we are still standing amidst the challenges we are facing. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Tagum lights up its giant holiday tree last December 1 as a symbol of hope amidst the pandemic. The Christmas tree is 193 ft. tall with ten layers, 23 small stars represent for each barangays in Tagum, and one big star that represent the Almighty God. The tree features five colors; red, yellow, blue, white, and green. Ley Meynard Opeña/CPDO Tagum
Added features around the city hall are Christmas lights designed as “Wear Face Mask, Save Lives” at the entrance and miniature tribute to frontliners at the Sunflower Garden in front of the city hall grounds. Tagumenyos can appreciate the Christmas tree from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm or at least before the curfew. Edwin B. Lasquite/CIO Tagum