Ilocos Norte launches ‘Paskua Mi Ditoy’, lights 45- foot Christmas tree

The provincial government of Ilocos Norte has officially launched the opening of a series of Christmas events dubbed as ‘Paskua Mi Ditoy,’ a month- long celebration which underscores the customs and traditions of the Ilocanos in celebrating Christmas.

The launching was highlighted by lightning up the 45- foot Christmas tree displayed in front of the Ilocos Norte provincial capitol last December 8.

The Christmas tree in front of the Ilocos Norte Capitol is lit during a ceremony held Dec. 8 (PGIN CMO)

Compared to last year’s usual Christmas lights and decorations, the provincial government, this time, illuminated the facade of the capitol of various environment- friendly light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and lanterns made of local raw materials.

During the lightning ceremony, Gov. Imee R. Marcos turned on the switch of the 45-foot green fir tree into a light- adorned wonder right in front of the Ilocos Norte provincial capitol stage which awed the crowd.

In her short message, Gov. Marcos stressed on the significance of Christmas to every Ilocano. She said that the season is all about love, care, and affection in every family as well as joy and peace on earth.

“Ngayong pasko, nawa’y lahat ay maging masaya at ang mundo manatiling mapayapa lalo na sa pinakamamahal nating Probinsya. Sa panahong ito, sana ay pag-ibayuhin pa natin sa ating mga puso ang pagmamahal sa mga magulang, kapatid, at sa bawat miyembro n gating pamilya at sama-sama tayo na mag-aabang sa mas maganda pang kinabukasan,” Marcos added.

The short program was filled with Christmas songs rendered by the MMSU-CIT Choral group while Ira Cadiz, the champion of Bacarra Got talent showcased scores of lively performances which excited the crowd. (Florante A. Nicolas, PGIN- CMO)

Paskua Mi Ditoy

December 8

9:00 AM      *Central School Inauguration
                   Central School Grounds

5:00 PM      *Launching of New Provincial Seal
                   *Flower Clock
                   *Capitol Light Up
                   *Food Strip

6:30 PM      *Batac Light Parade
                   Batac City

December 9

9:00 AM      *Solid North Tupig Cook-off Competition
                   Laoag Bell Tower Grounds

3:00 PM      *Launching Lacasa Design Center
                   *La Tabacalera Museo Complex
                   Gen. Luna corner Llanes St.

December 15

7:00 AM      *Explore Ilocos Norte 4×4 Extreme
                   Adventure Challenge
                   Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. Memorial Stadium

5:00 PM      *Food Strip Week
                    Llanes St
                   *Christmas Program Capitol

December 18

3:00 PM      *Explore Ilocos Norte 4×4 Extreme
                   Adventure Challenge Awarding
                   Capitol Stage

December 19-23

                   *MDG Christmas Caravan 2011

December 21

5:00 PM      *Balikbayan Holiday Reception
                   Investment Roadshow
                   Malacañang of the North Paoay

December 22

5:00 PM      *Lantern Parade
                   Paoay Ilocos Norte

6:00 PM      *Choir Competition
                   Paoay,Ilocos Norte

December 26

6:00 PM      *Sunflower Festival
                   Brgy 13, Naglicuan,Pasuquin

December 28

6:00 PM      *Fliptop Challenge
                   Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena

Source: PGIN -CMO

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