The city government is ready for the month-long Pasko Fiesta celebration with a budget allocation of P17 million.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said it has always been the objective of the city to give back to the Dabawenyos every December through fun and entertainment that the Pasko Fiesta brings.
“Pasko Fiesta is designed to let the Dabawenyos enjoy the festivity,” the city mayor said.
Duterte-Carpio will lead the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree on December 1 that also signals the start of the festivities.
This year, the city government doubled the prizes for some events to encourage more participants. The budget will also be used for the food packs of the security personnel who will help in maintaining peace for the entire celebration.
“This year’s celebration is almost the same as last year’s Pasko Fiesta, the difference is that we allocated bigger prizes for the events,” Duterte-Carpio said.
Last year, only the first, second and third placers were given cash prizes. For this year, the city government will be giving away consolation prizes to participants.
There will be 22 events in the Pasko Fiesta, including the Lamdag Parade, Banda Dasig and Parada sa mga Parol, among others.
Pasko Fiesta organizers have scheduled activities for children; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT); indigenous people, senior citizens and persons living with HIV. (FPG/PNA)