‘Silahis ng Pasko’ peps up Baguio » Manila Bulletin News



By Zaldy C. Comanda

Baguio City – The month-long celebration of Christmas in this city kicks off today with Session Road closed to traffic to give way to a list of spectacular events.

In the morning, some 4,000 Day Care children donning with Nativity Scene costumes and other colorful Christmas garbs are set to parade along the main streets for the 44th “Silahis ng Pasko Mardi Gras.”

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW — Colorful lights forming the shapes of various animals and blinking in-sync to Christmas carols illuminate the People’s Park on Session Road in Baguio City, entertaining residents and visitors this Christmas season. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

Silahis ng Pasko founder Nars Padilla, said the Mardi-Gras will be marked by a ceremonial pot breaking to be led by Mayor Mauricio  Domogan, Rep. Mark O. Go, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan.

The program will also feature a cultural show topbilled by the winners of the children’s pageant and talent shows.

He said, at 10 a.m., the Philippine Military Academy cadets will hold their day at the Burnham Park by staging the traditional Silent Drill exhibition at the Melvin Jones.

The cadets’ special guests this year will be the members of the quad-media in the city together with the officers and members of the senior citizens organizations.

At 2 p.m., the cadets will move to the People’s Park at 2 p.m. for Christmas concert of the PMA band.

By 6 p.m., the 24-meter tall Christmas tree at the Rose Garden of Bur nham Park will be inaugurated and lighted.

Meanwhile, Session Road and Harrison Road will have their lighting of colorful lanterns in the 9th Lantern Festival to be participated in by some 5,000 students of St. Louis University as part of their school’s 106th foundation day.

Padilla said the Silahis ng Pasko, a sub-calendar of Christmas in Baguio, is now on its 44th year.

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