Tagum City’s giant Xmas Tree now being readied

Oct 28-nov 3, 2010

Tagum City’s Icon- the giant Christmas Tree at the Freedom Park is now undergoing re-embellishment of tens of thousands of small twinkling light bulbs by city engineering crews.

“It will be switched on one week before the fiesta,” bared Mayor Rey Uy in an interview with the Valley & City Chronicle.

This year’s feast of the Christ the King will be on November 21.

He added that there would be no addition to the 106-feet height of the city’s Christmas Tree.

The mayor built it in 1998 in not so tallest height during his first city mayorship term to give a towering cheer to Tagumenyos and to visiting people from neighboring places.

The Christmas Tree had experienced not twinkling and being abandoned when Mayor Uy was defeated in his reelection bid in 2001.

But when he re-captured the mayor’s post in 2004, it was lighted again and has since then been “growing” in height during his second term reaching to the peak of 153 feet and breaking a record as the country’s tallest in 2007.

In the subsequent year it was lowered to 100 feet which remains at present.

But still with that height the city’s giant Christmas Tree remains to keep the record of being the tallest throughout Mindanao, and ties with Puerto Princesa City’s 100-feet Christmas for which its mayor claimed in 2007 to be the country’s tallest.

“It will remain to be 100 feet, and we will wait and welcome any other local government unit to surpass it in height,” Mayor Uy said.

Aside from the towering Christmas tree, the City Hall also festooned the city’s streets last year with awesome Christmas lights in various designs in lampposts, overhead lines, entrance and welcome arcs and mounted a Nativity Scene at the rooftop of the City Library at the Freedom Park.

The lighted street Christmas decors twirling in creative steelworks are expected to be strewn again with new lights to welcome and give more Christmas cheer to the people on the Yuletide Season. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)



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