Giant Christmas tree, parols made by inmates light up Ligao City » Manila Bulletin News

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By Niño N. Luces

GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE — The spirit of the season is ever so felt by residents of Ligao City, Albay, as the Saint Stephen Protomartyr Parish Church lights up this 54-meter-tall Christmas tree made by jail inmates in an event marked by a fireworks display last Sunday. (Niño N. Luces)

Ligao City, Albay — Thousands of spectators coming from different parts of this province witnessed Sunday’s lighting of a 54-meter high Christmas tree beside the Saint Stephen Protomartyr Parish Church in this city.

For accent, parols made by inmates through the program of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) can be found at the base of the Christmas tree.

The giant tree uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and stands just a stone’s throw away from the Disney-themed Christmas village featuring life-size statues of children’s story characters like Cinderella.

During the traditional lighting, fireworks lighted up the sky while the Grand Winner of the 4th Bali International Choir Festival – the Ligao City National High School (LNHS) Voice Chorale – sang Christmas carols to the delight of the crowd.

Mayor Patricia Gonzales-Alsua told The Manila Bulletin that the traditional lighting of giant Christmas tree is only part of a month-long fun-filled celebration of Ligaoeaños.

Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Gonzales who is also a native of the city said that the yearly celebration and putting up such Christmas decoration along the city’s most populous area will help small entrepreneurs boost their income.

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