Tacloban’s Christmas Park
Not to be outdone, the Tacloban City government under the helm of Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Councilwoman Cristina Romualdez has turned Rizal Park in front of Sto. Niño Church into a “Christmas Park” with a giant Christmas Tree at the center of the park surrounded with parol-decorated trees and booths selling Christmas goodies and gift items.
Conceptualized by Don Dolina, there’s a nightly show and a little “suspense & grandeur” fireworks with a live Santa Claus much willing to pose for photos with children and the family.
The Giant Christmas Tree, designed by Architect Grace Garces, stands 15 meters tall and boasts of a total of 1,777 star parols and a big white star at the top. It has 4 large audio speakers inside the 6-level structure with additional rope lights and kutitap lights, plus 333 red and pink parols put up in the trees around the park.
All star parols were made by inmates of the Tacloban City Jail at a cost of P70,000.
The giant Christmas Tree was lighted on November 28.