Switching On of Christmas Lights in Abuyog, Leyte

81201abuyogxmaslw-5579It was fun time for young and old Abuyognons alike last Monday, December 01.

The occasion was the annual Switching-on ceremonies of thousands of Christmas lights transforming Abuyog’s Children’s Park into a brightly lit Christmas Park.

After giving the signal to handlers to ignite the first volley of fireworks into the early evening sky, Mayor Octavio Traya, Jr. switched on the park’s Christmas lights amidst thundering tribal music ushering in a dance performance by the famed Buyogan Festival Dancers – this year’s champion of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.

The park was instantly transformed into a brightly lit Christmas wonderland – with thousands of tiny kutitap lights and parols (Christmas lanterns) of various sizes adorning trees and structures around it. Several multi-lighted large parols (and one giant lantern) all imported from Pampanga decorated the park’s centerpiece which resembled one giant Christmas cake.

Then it was time for the children’s games with lots of gifts and prizes given away. This was followed with party time for the teenagers with live music provided by a band which dished out popular rock, reggae and other contemporary dance music.

F-u-n for all!

View the full gallery (85 photos): http://callezaragosa.com/AbuyogXmasLights08-LRGallery/index.html

With additional photos by Ludette Ruiz.

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~ by gerryruiz on 6 December 2008.

5 Responses to “Switching On of Christmas Lights in Abuyog, Leyte”

  1. Hi Sir Gerry!

    Thanks for posting pictures showing what it’s like in my hometown this Yuletide season!

    We’ll be having our Abuyognons in UAE (AUAE) Christmas party on Friday at the Heritage Park, Abu Dhabi and I’m excited to tell them what I saw here.

    Salamat sin madamo sa imo, Mano Gerry!

    Wishing you, Ma’am Ludette and your kids a joyous and blessed CHRISTmas ’08!

  2. it makes me very glad to see the pics of the beautifully lighted park of abuyog… i’m so excited to go home this xmas…sa picture pa lang, maganda na talaga…one can already feel the spirit of xmas through the pics…thanks po sa kumuha ng pics…updated pa rin ako, though i’m far from home…thank you po… more power to you.. God bless…have a blissful Christmas…

  3. Hi Gerry, I am Lyn from Australia. My sister-in-law Anita lives in Australia now but came from Abuyog. My husband and myself and Anita and her husband (my brother) are planning a vacation to this area in December 2009. We have been told a new motel has been built in Abuyog. Could you please email me the name and address of this motel. We are looking for accommodation for our vacation.Thank you.

  4. Hi Lyn, I sent you via private mail the name of the new lodging inn in Abuyog and contact numbers.

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