The Palm City of the Philippines officially welcomed the Yuletide Season as they lighted the city’s Giant Holiday Tree which is considered as the tallest in the whole Davao Region. The ceremonial lighting of this giant steel structure is an annual event has become symbolic to every Tagumeño all over the world. And like the previous years, I felt so honored to witness yet another glistening affair.
As early as the first week of August, the City Electrical Office of Tagum City started the construction of this gigantic steel structure. For 10 years now, this Giant Holiday Tree which is conveniently situated at the City’s Freedom Park has attracted thousands of visitors and tourists to come to the City to feel its Yuletide Spirit. It has become a landmark that Tagumeños and visiting guests look forward to every Holiday Season. Thus, the City Engineer’s Office is tasked to come up new plans and fresh designs to make the Holiday Tree more appealing and inviting every year.
This year’s Holiday Tree measures about 105 feet (32 meters) in height and adorned by more than 4,000 bulbs and lighting accessories in different decorative abstract shapes that symbolize the Christmas Season. It is packed with decorative frames from angels to doves, small stars to snowflakes and flowers to birds that seemed to come alive as multi-colored glistening lights were lighted. Among those interesting symbols, it is the Main Star on the very top of the Holiday Tree that stood out as the main highlight.
The ceremonial lighting of the city’s holiday tree is also a traditional event to look forward to. Year after year, Tagumeños and visitors would converge to the Freedom Park to witness the grand lighting of this steel tree. Tagum City is home to the famed Musikahan Festival, an annual cultural event that celebrates the Filipino excellence in musical composition, performance and production, thus, the ceremonial lighting was filled with spectacular performances depicting the musical ingenuity of Tagumeños. I must admit, for four years now covering such event, I always get thrilled to see as the steel tree comes to life when the lights are switched on – always a spectacular sight to behold.
Now up and fully illuminated, the holiday landmark of Davao Del Norte’s capital is expected to attract not only the many Tagumeños but even those visiting guests. With such dazzling appeal, this grand holiday tree is definitely a perfect place come together to celebrate and immensely feel the spirit of yuletide season – whether you are a Tagumeños or not.
From the City of Tagum, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!