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Iligan gears up for Paskuhan Festival celebration

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)--The city government here is gearing up for the celebration of the Paskuhan (Christmas) Festival with the aim of promoting peace, unity, and love through the spirit of Christmas.

According to City Information Officer Alfredo Paradela III, the festival's theme, "Christmas Around the World," symbolizes a collective step forward in light of the ongoing conflicts between Ukraine and Russia and Palestine and Israel, emphasizing the importance of peace, love, and togetherness during the festive season.

The aim is to call for global harmony and unity, recognizing that some people are unable to celebrate Christmas due to challenging circumstances in their respective countries.

Meanwhile, Paskuhan Festival Executive Management Board Chairperson Bong Capitan explained that they are rolling out preparations early.

“We decided to roll it out really because, investment-wise, we might as well want to enjoy what we are investing,” he said.

Paskuhan Festival Executive Management Board Chairperson Bong Capitan explains that rolled out preparations early for the event. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

The grand opening ceremony is scheduled for November 15 at the City Public Plaza, featuring the lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree and a fireworks display that will bring joy and merriment to every Iliganon.

In addition to these main attractions, various activities and contests will entertain both residents and tourists. These include the Christmas Around the World Christmas Exhibit and Competition, the Best Christmas Building Facade, the Belen Booth Contest, the Light an Overpass Contest, the Christmas Tree Competition, and the Lighted Giant Star Competition, all of which will take place on November 15. Furthermore, a painting exhibit will be held on December 8, Sumabag-Gay on December 10, Hipak Fest on December 17, Drag Queen Race Competition on December 19, Pasukhan Concert on December 20, Kasadya sa Iligan Christmas Street Party on December 22, and a Christmas Holiday Fashion Show on December 27.

Moreover, the Hugyaw Ilaw (Dancing Lights) competition, a street dancing event with Christmas lights showcasing creativity and choreography, will take place on December 16. The street dancing competition will begin at St. Michael Cathedral and culminate at the Anahaw Amphitheater. The grand champion will receive a cash prize of P100,000, while the 1st and 2nd runners-up will win P80,000 and P50,000, respectively. Consolation prizes worth P20,000 each will be awarded to other participating groups. Special prizes will also be given for the most beautifully lit Christmas costumes, the best choreography, and the best-lit human Christmas symbol. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

FILE PHOTO:Belen Booth booth during the celebration of Paskuhan Festival on December 2022. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

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