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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!