TAGUM CITY’S GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

The Palm City of the Philippines officially welcomed the Yuletide Season as they lighted the city’s grand holiday tree that once said to be the tallest in the whole Davao Region. The traditional lighting of this giant steel structure is an annual event every Tagumeños looks forward to witness every year. I am so honored to be among those guests privileged to witness Tagum City’s most glistening event every year.

Tagum City Giant Christmas TreeThis year’s Holiday Tree measures 23.94 meters (78.56 feet) in height and prettified by thousands of colorful twinkling lights in different shapes and forms that symbolize the Christmas Season. The towering steel tree is filled with decorative shapes from flowers to birds, stars to angels that seemed to come alive as multi-colored glistening lights were lighted. Among those interesting symbols, it is the giant Eagle Wings on the very top of the Holiday Tree that stand out as the main highlight.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (115)Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (108) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (111)The ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree was accompanied by a street choir performance by the 200 Voices Choir with the Tagum City Junior Symphonic Orchestra. It is very interesting to note that Tagum City is also the home of the famous and one-of-a-kind Musikahan Festival, an annual cultural event that celebrates the Filipino excellence in musical composition, performance and production, thus, so apt for this significant affair. Along with these angelic voices of Tagum singing melodious Christmas Carols, the welcoming of the Yuletide Season was made even more momentous. I was like swayed away while listening to the old Christmas carols I’ve grown up singing with.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (19) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (37) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (78) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (84) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (85) Year after year, the traditional lighting of the city’s holiday tree is an event to remember. The city’s Freedom Park where this Holiday Tree is erected was jam-packed with hundreds of Tagumeños and guests thrilled to witness this grand event. The ceremonial lighting was spearheaded by no less than the father of the City, Mayor Allan Rellon and attended the other local city officials. This also marks the beginning of the long and exciting Christmas Season in the whole City of Tagum.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (118)Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (61)Now that the city’s Holiday Tree is fully lighted, it is once more expected to attract not only the many Tagumeños but even those visiting guests. In fact for 8 years now, it has become the city’s iconic Holiday landmark that excites everyone to enjoy every Holiday Season. Such is the reason why the Local Government of Tagum valued the Giant Holiday Tree as a landmark fit to be given much interest as part of the City’s tourism campaign. And just like this towering Holiday Tree, its annual Traditional Lighting is also an anticipated event that everyone, including this writer, fails not to miss every Holiday Season.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree (153)With such eye-catching appeal, the city’s grand holiday tree is definitely the perfect place that offers Tagumeños the venue to commune together to celebrate and immensely feel the spirit of yuletide season. It is where the message of love, peace and hope can be felt and shared – the grand spirit of Christmas.

From the City of Tagum, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

WHY I KEEP COMING BACK TO THE CITY OF TAGUM

Next to Davao City, my second most loved, most frequented city in the Philippines is the City of Tagum. In fact, I cannot count how many times I’ve visited this once a quaint town since my first visit many years back. Back then, I considered Tagum plainly as a bus stop but today it has transformed from a rustic town into a very competitive and progressive city in the country.

The City of Tagum is the provincial capital of the Province of Davao Del Norte and one of the six cities in the whole Davao Region. It is the intersection of the three major road network systems namely; the Maharlika Highway, the Davao-Mati Road and the Davao-Agusan Road which connect the city to other major destinations in the region and in the entire Mindanao.

Being an hour away from Davao City, Tagum always comes to mind whenever I have the itch for an instant road trip and an unplanned weekend getaway. Its proximity and accessibility to Davao City makes every trip to the City of Tagum more fun and easy. More than its proximity to where I live, there are many reasons why I keep coming back to the City of Tagum.

When City of Tagum was officially created into a component city thirteen years ago, many brands had been associated to it. With the innovative local governance of the dynamic City Mayor Rey T. Uy, the City of Tagum has morphed from a struggling town to what it is today – a fastest growing city in the Philippines bagging different awards and citations here and abroad.

For one, the City of Tagum is crowned as the premier Palm City of the Philippines. The City’s Palm Tree Planting Project along the city’s National Highway and major thoroughfares had drawn the attention and appreciation of those who pass by the city. The grown healthy palm trees beautifully and strategically added aesthetic value to the roads of City. Today, the City continues to propagate such pro-environment project.

Another term coined to describe the City of Tagum is being the Music Capital of Mindanao. Tagumeños are known for their love and passion for music as displayed on the different music festivals and musical events that City celebrates each year. Some of the best singers in the country today hail from the city. The city’s annual Musikahan sa Tagum Festival becomes the most sought-after event in the Davao Region as it congregates the best musical artists and enthusiasts from the different parts of the country and the world to celebrate the world’s universal language, the Music.

Not known to many, the City of Tagum is also called as the City of Parks. It boasts of various parks and plazas that pave the way to create and entice micro business enterprises among the constituents of the City. Among those parks I personally visited were the Freedom Park, the Rotary Park and Recreation Center, the Energy Park, the Mangrove Park and the Public Cemetery Park.

And finally, with its 14 Colorful Festivals and Vibrant Events, the City of Tagum is branded as the Home of Festivals in Mindanao. These 14 festivals are celebrated on the different months of the year giving the Tagumeños something to look forward to every month. Tagumeños come out of their homes and flock to these festival venues to celebrate their various colorful fiestas and celebrations depicting their lives and culture as One Tagumeños.

More than the Palm Trees, Music, Parks and Festivals, the City of Tagum is one destination teeming with eco-adventure sites and manmade tourist spots worth beholding and experiencing. Having gone to these places, I came to realize that the City of Tagum can be an addition to Philippine’s bucket list must-discover destinations. It is a city of hidden allures.

Mangrove Forest Park
River Cruise at Bincungan River
Christ The King Cathedral
The Tagum Bay
The Freedom Park
The Second Growth Forest of Hijo Plantation
Places to Stay in Tagum
Tagum City New City Hall
The Travel Teller at Bincungan River
The Breathtaking Sunset of Tagum
Chasing Pavements
The Happy Locales
The Music Festival
The Giant Holiday Tree
The Bustling Night Market
The famous Uy Brothers – Tagum City Mayor Rey T Uy and ComVal Governor Chongki Uy

With all these things that make the city interestingly inviting, I will never have the reason why not come back to the City of Tagum more often. The 14 festivals alone celebrated in the different months of the year is enough reason to celebrate life with the Tagumeños. More than a sprawling capital, it is a city with so many hidden allures! THOSE ARE THE REASONS WHY I KEEP COMING BACK TO THE CITY OF TAGUM.

HOW TO GET TO THE CITY OF TAGUM:
From Davao City, one may take either public utility buses or L300 vans to reach the City of Tagum. Public utility buses coming from Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland travel to the City of Tagum 24/7 with base fare of Php 108.00. On the other hand, L300 Vans Terminal is located at Gaisano Mall of Davao in Bajada, Davao City.

FOR TOURIST ASSISTANCE:
Tagum City Tourism Office – City of Tagum Tourism Council
Beach Volleydome, Rotary Park, Pioneer Avenue, Tagum City
(084) 370-1424 | (084) 218-4727 | (0923) 719-5111