Tangub City in Misamis Occidental lighted up its Christmas Symbols Festival 2017 celebrating 25 years with a theme: “Discover the world in Tangub City.”
This year’s festival is even more special as the City kicks-off for the 25th year of the Christmas Symbols festival and the 50th anniversary of Tangub’s cityhood in 2017.
What started to be a simple gathering of the locals in the Tangub City plaza 25 years ago with the first couple Mayor Philip T. Tan and Dr. Jennifer Tan has transformed simple community into a promising world class Christmas destination.
For the past 25 years, millions have witnessed how Tangub give all in celebrating Christmas. From what started as single Christmas tree to amuse a young wife who have just recently relocated to Tangub, the Christmas Symbol festival has grown into the biggest single attraction in Northern Mindanao during the Yuletide season.
In his opening remarks and christmas message, mayor Philip Tan said this is the longest running festival in our country and this is the dedication of our people in Tangub to celebrate Christmas, the best way we can.
In her message, Regional Director of Tourism Marie Elaine S. Unchuan says “this festival is a source of pride not only for our Region but for the whole country.”
She added, this is not only a celebration of Christmas but the celebration of the success of Tangub, its leader and the people who throughout the years have made Tangub City, the model of tourism development it is today.
This is one of the Crown Jewels of Tangub City which is the Christmas Symbol Festival.
DOT Assistant Secretary for Media Relations Events Frederick Alegre said during the opening of Christmas festival 2017 that his festival celebration allows us to express our gratitude to the Almighty God and a channel for us to be reminded the value of sharing, caring and loving our brothers and sisters especially this Yuletide season.
Asec. Alegre added, this day is very significant as the City is also celebrating its 25th years as one of the major festivals in the country listed in our yearly calendar of events and constantly bringing honor and prestige to the region and the Department of tourism as well.
This region is very much fortunate to have this event here in Tangub City every December, because it has already became part of a family tradition to spend their time here to enjoy Christmas in a more interesting and enjoyable way unique to the City, says Asec Alegre.
Starting 2012, The Christmas Symbols Festival of Tangub started to bring the world to Tangub through as the theme Discover the World in Tangub was adopted. Since then the concept became a big hit and so part of the tradition of the Christmas Festival is to show case the Tangubanon Creativity and ingenuity through the construction of Landmarks from all over the world.
Mayor Tan and Dr. Tan present the official 25*50 scarf to DOT ASec Alegre and director Unchuan. The scarf is an Asian tradition of welcoming guest and visitors from other places. The color blue represents truth, loyalty & wisdom.
Printed on its extreme ends are the logos of Tangub City’s 25*50 Commission with the number “25” representing the 25 years of the four core programs of Tangub, namely, the Christmas Symbols Festival, Ms. Tangub City Tourism, Dalit Festival & Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe. The number “50” represents the 50 years of Tangub as a city, and the 55 stars above these numbers represent the 55 barangays. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA Misocc)