TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 24 (PNA)– The city government here will unveil a 70-meter Christmas tree for public viewing on Nov. 28 at the city’s Rizal Park.
Ruby Bayalanto of the city tourism operations office said the tree’s design is inspired by classic cathedral windows, which depicts the country’s Christian origin. It is made of good quality materials, which signifies the people’s resiliency.
“It was built this way so that when people visit the park and see the tree, they would think of a church. This is to remind them that Christmas is about faith and love,” she told PNA.
Daniel Guarino, the draftsman and designer of the Christmas symbol is optimistic to complete all preparations before the launching.
“As of now, we are 70 percent finished, but we should not be overly confident because there are more things to do especially on the little details of the tree. To speed up the work, we are now working day and night,” he said.
The Christmas tree is part of the Tacloban City Christmas decoration project proposed by the city tourism operations office with a budget of PHP658,000.
The project also included street light parol decor, Astrodome entrance decor, Rizal Park entrance and stage decor, and Sta. Clause candy station at the park.
“Through these decorations, we will make everyone feel the Yuletide season. Also through these, we can show to world that Tacloban has already recovered and our dark days have already passed,” Guarino said. Rizal Park, located just in front of Sto. Niño church, will be the center of Christmas celebrations in the city. (PNA) Jushua S. Marga