Tagum City – The people of Tagum once again get to enjoy the Christmas spirit as the City Government of Tagum lights up the Philippines’ tallest Holiday Tree during the Ceremonial Lighting event last December 1 at the city hall grounds despite the on-going health crisis.
Tagumenyos collectively gasped in awe as Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo led the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in the evening of December 1. This, after Most Reverend Medil Sacay Aseo, D.D., the bishop of the diocese of Tagum blessed the infrastructure.
The holiday icon increased by two feet from its last year’s measurement of 193 ft. to 195 ft. this year. The tree adapted its last year’s spatial design but is unique considering that the 6,255 bulbs used are recycled from last year.
The ten layers of the tree still represent the development agenda of the Rellon-Estabillo shared legacy while the nine pointed stars in each layer represent the nine enneagram personality. The star at the top symbolizes Tagum, its points pertains to the 8th city council, and the 23 small stars denote all of the barangays.
Most importantly, Mayor Rellon highlighted the colors of the bulbs – blue for inspiration, green for growth and harmony, yellow for positivity and hope, white for purity, and red for courage. Although the pandemic is far from over, he added that the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree sends hope to everyone that we will all survive the pandemic especially that Tagum achieved its target vaccinated Tagumenyos in order to declare herd immunity during the 3-Days Mass Vaccination which started last November 29.
With new variants just around the corner, the LGU deployed more security personnel to ensure that the health protocols are being followed. Tagumenyos are allowed to take pictures in small groups inside the city hall grounds for a period of time and QR codes are being scanned upon entry.
Vice Mayor Estabillo also reminded everyone to wear their face masks even though most people are already vaccinated, since we can still get infected with minimal effect.
People can visit the giant holiday tree from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The event was also attended by Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez of District 1, Gov. Edwin Jubahib of Davao del Norte, City Officials, LGU Department Heads, and LGU employees. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo together with Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez, Gov. Edwin Jubahib, senator aspirant and former PGEN Guillermo Eleazar, and the 8th city council led the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree last December 1. Jay Apostol/CIO Tagum
EYE IN THE SKY. The tallest holiday icon from above. City Planning and Development Office
The whole city hall area is adorned by beautiful lights which illuminates tourists’ paths as they visit and take pictures with the tallest Christmas tree in the Philippines which stands at 195 ft. Jay Apostol/CIO Tagum