Bright Christmas in Malabon
Mayor Lenlen Oreta III will lead the lighting up of the giant Christmas tree in front of the Malabon City Hall at around 6 p.m. Today (Dec. 3). Thousands of Malabon residents are expected to witness this important event.
With the staggering height of 30 feet made of Capiz with flower designs in various shapes, the huge Christmas tree is also adorned with bright abaca which will become brighter when some 10,000 LED lights will be switched on.
The Malabon City Hall is also filled with many bright lights that will make the building spark elegantly which brings joy and make the Christmas spirit enjoyable to Malabon residents. In every beat and glitter of the dancing lights is accompanied by blissful Christmas songs.
This is the result of the city government’s use of modern techonology to give the public a chance to see the spectacular delights from the simultaneous dancing of lights and merry music in perfect harmony.
“I am sure that the Malabon residents as well as their visitors will be enthralled and will feel the festive spirit of Christmas when they see this technology that will be experienced around the city hall throughout the Christmas season,” Architect Cristie Aquino said.
The amphitheater at the surrounding trees will glitter with various lights and the Oreta Sports Center complex where the superb design of the ‘Belen’ will be displayed.
Part of the program will be the competition among the chorale groups from different barangays, schools and parishes. The Grand Champion will bag P30,000 prize, while those in the second place and third place will get P20,000 and P10,000 respectively.
Expected to grace the event will be Malabon’s own pride, budding singers Keiko Necessario and Shalee Vicencio. Pretty movie and TV personality Nińa Jose will also entertain the audience.
This year’s theme is “Maningning na Pasko, Daan sa Maliwanag na Bukas.”
“We are wishing everyone a bright future full of hope and love,” Mayor LenLen Oreta said.
“The giant Christmas tree symbolizes our concerted dreams. Each part of the Christmas tree adds to its twinkle and beauty. Each one of us has a part to fulfill to realize a bright future,” the kind-hearted mayor said.
The “Belen” (Baby Jesus’ birthplace in a manger) has become the center of the building design to make everyone remember the true essence of Christmas.
“Our Christmas wiil only be happy and more meaningful if we really feel in our hearts its real meaning,” Mayor Oreta stressed.
And the Christmas celebration in Malabon will not be complete without the guests’ savoring this progressive city’s native Christmas delicacies like the puto bumbong, puto sulot, bibingka, puto and many others.
Carts of these delicacies will be around the city Hall during and after the lighting up of the Christmas three, said Pas Urzal, tourism office head said.