Tagbilaran City celebrates Christmas Festival
Christmas is the most awaited event of the year and what better way to celebrate the Yuletide Season, but to highlight the color and flavor of Tagbilaran. The Tagbilaran City Council for the Culture and the Arts (TCCCA) spearheaded a three-day Christmas Festival showcasing the food, fashion, and flair of all the 15 barangays. The “Lutong Bahay Noche Buena Special Cooking Contest” featured native foods and special dishes. All the barangays participated. While the Miniature Belen Contest highlighted the artistry of the Tagbilaranons, the competition encouraged the participants to use indigenous material to come up with an artful imagery featuring the Blessed Family. Brgy. Taloto won the competition, followed by Brgy. Tiptip, and Ubujan. The Indigenous Christmas Costume Construction Contest was also opened to all barangays. The objectives of which was to instill awareness to the community that everybody can contribute meaningfully in the economic aspect of the community through creating marketable products; showcase the youth’s designing skills through indigenous Christmas Costume Construction contest, appreciate the creativity of young individuals in constructing the costume through the modeling of finished products, and appreciate the culture of the barangay through its artistic design. The work will be judged according to its workmanship, accuracy, speed, and modeling. First prize went to Brgy. Bool, followed by Brgy. Poblacion 2, and Brgy. Taloto. Prof. Joshibiah Gaa De Juan also showcased the talented Chorale Groups from Tagbilaran City led by the Tagbilaran City Government Chorale, HNU Chorale, Major Melody Choir, Himig Diwa, DCPNHS Vocal Music, and the Tagbilaran City Children’s Choir.
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap has been giving out his all-out support to the initiatives of the TCCCA, “Culture and heritage are an important part of development. The more we are aware of our culture, the more engaged we become. It is always wise to remember that our cultures define our existence and make us who we are. It should be passed on from generation to generation. Our cultural background should never fade into oblivion. A world without cultural diversity will not be as colorful as it is now”, Yap said.