Metro Manila to hold lantern-making and display competition


Metro Manila will glitter with lights and sounds when the Department of Tourism (DOT), through its National Capital Region (NCR) office, mounts a traditional lantern-making and display competition as a Yuletide season project for the public.

Dubbed as “Paskong-Pasko Sa Metro Manila 2008,” the project is organized by the DOT-NCR office as part of promotional efforts of attracting more tourists during this festive season.

Now on its second year, the event is set to be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Kilometer 0 in Rizal Park, Manila.

The event will highlight a series of activities showcasing the best Filipino Christmas traditions of NCR’s local government units (LGUs) such as Christmas lantern- making and display competition, Christmas lantern street dance competition, and the recently concluded Christmas choral group competition held at the Clamshell Intramuros.

Oscar P. Palabyab, undersecretary for Tourism Services and Regional Office, said that the country’s lantern parade will showcase the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Filipino lantern-maker as well as his passion for music and extravaganza.

Palabyab added that the activity will also feature the varied shapes, shades and sounds of Christmas celebrations in the country.

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“Once again, our people can refresh their sense of joyous season by providing them activities based on our rich historical and cultural traditions as a nation. This makes Filipino Christmas even more unique in terms of style and substance. Thus, we invite our people, friends and visitors to join us in celebrating the event,” Palabyab said.

The Christmas Street-Dance Interpretation participants clad in colorful dresses and creative outfits will joyously dance to the beat of the gongs and drums, and lively tunes will be played that will set the Christmas mood of the event.

Like last year, the event will be concluded with the awarding of prizes to the winners.

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