Light a Tree Contest
in Samar draws unprecedented nightly crowd
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA
December 16, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The ‘Light a Tree’ contest that ushered Christmas Festival in
Samar’s capitol grounds has been attracting an unprecedented
This was the
observation of vendors who have also mushroomed on the capitol park to
cater to the crowd every night.
Some 80 offices, NGOs
and civil groups have joined the contest. Their "trees" has been lit
on December 3, 2011 and have since then continued to be improved by
additions of more lights.
three-hectare area of the Capitol is glittering with colorful
Christmas lights and the sound system blaring with Christmas songs.
SAMELCO 2 corner,
which is heavily lit, is a mini village with nipa huts, with ‘linemen’
on the job and a giant Christmas tree in the midst.
entry is that of the army where the ‘nativity tableau’ is guarded by
army elements in full battle gear.
Still another is a
mini-ship from the Coast Guard where the ‘nativity’ is set on the
boat’s deck complete with animals copied from the real Belen.
Thus, young and old
alike are drawn towards the capitol park at night despite the
intermittent rains that pour in the evenings.
Budoy who sells
popcorns have to ‘pop’ corn several times as it sells briskly with
young promenaders at the park.
“Last Sunday, when the
weather was fair, we sold P3,000 worth of popcorns,” he said.
palamig and other street foods line the perimeter wall of the capitol
in the evenings, with business operations lasting up to one o'clock in
December 17, the 80 contestants of the ‘Light a Tree’ will face the
final judgment with P50,000 cash prize for the first prize and on
Sunday, is the great Christmas Party to be sponsored by the provincial
government under Gov. Sharee Ann Tan.