Celebrate Christmas Around the World in This Awesome Philippine City You Haven't Heard About!

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Rave Garcia
Rave Garcia | Dec 07, 2014

Christmas is more fun in the Philippines, and Tangub City proves just that. The city is celebrating the 22nd year of its "Christmas Symbols Festival." 

A crowd estimated at 70,000 filled the Tangub Plaza for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the said fiesta, which started shortly after 8 p.m. with performances by the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe and students from different schools.

The theme of this year's festival is “Christmas Around the World Part III,” which showcases the various global landmarks. 

Participated in by local and national agencies of the city, the festival features 16 replicas of famous tourist landmarks around the world.

What's more interesting is that all the materials used in building the structures were from used plastic bottles, CDs, coconut husks, and other recycled materials.

Hence, the festival reflects the Tangubanons' ingenuity, creativeness, and resourcefulness. 

According to Mayor Philip Tan, the festival started way back in December 1, 1992 when he and his wife, Jennifer, felt lonely spending Christmas away from the her hometown. The mayor suprised his wife with a lighted giant christmas tree at the heart of the city plaza.

Tangubanons then noticed how a single symbol of Christmas can brighten the hearts of many. As a gift to the Tangubanons, the local and national agencies started putting up Christmas symbols year after year. 

For this year, the city came up with the following famous landmarks: 

* Arabic Incense Monument, Qatar 
* Castle Rock, Norway 
* Cerro Santa Lucia, Chile 
* Dun, Malaysia 
* Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 
* Legoland Billund England 
* Magellans Cross, Philippines 
* Mount Temple, Jerusalem 
* Osaka Castle, Japan 
* Port Arthur Church, Australia 
* Pura Ulun Dano Ball, Indonesia 
* Solfar, Iceland 
* Statue of Liberty, USA 
* Taj Mahal, India 
* Trevi Fountain, Italy 
* Wat Pra Singh, Thailand

The festival is also a competition divided into three categories, which are: 16 decorated plaza booths from local and national agencies, 28 Giant Lanterns, and 27 Christmas arches erected along the city's major roads. The festival runs from Dec 1, 2014 to January 10, 2015.

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