Heritage Sites

Feel-Good Christmas Trees From the World's Best Holiday Country, Part 4

Albay, Sorsogon

Choose Philippines
Choose Philippines | Dec 01, 2014
Feel-Good Christmas Trees From the World's Best Holiday Country, Part 4

Since 2010, the Province of Albay has been celebrating an environment-friendly Christmas through the use of recycled materials and locally-abundant produce for their giant Christmas trees and colorful decors. In this festival called the Karangahan Albay Green Christmas, the giant trees are truly sources of pride ("Karangahan" means a special endearment or pride). Being clean and green with the decorations also extends to provinces in and around Albay.

1) Philippine Air Force Oil Drums: 2010 & 2011 Karangahan Albay Green Christmas

The first Karangahan tree were PAF oil drums painted in green. Similar materials were used the following year, with the tree being moved from Albay Astrodome to Peñaranda Park to accommodate a taller structure.

Photo credit: Nelson P. Salting

2) Pili Seedlings: 2012 Karangahan Albay Green Christmas

In the following years, materials indigenous to Albay were used. Pili seedlings were the decors in 2012, since Bicol is known for its pili products.

Photo credit: Rhaydz B. Barcia, bicolmail.com

VIEW: Bicol Isn't Just About Pili Nuts: 5 Must-Eats in Albay: From Chili Ice Cream to the Smallest Fish

3) Coconut Husks: 2013 Karangahan Albay Green Christmas

They used coco husks (bao), minimizing waste and utilizing the abundance of the said plant resource in the province.

Photo credit: Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda

Let's take a quick trip to Albay's neighboring province, Sorgoson, for these visual treats:

4) Capiz Shells (Siama Hotel, Sorsogon, 2014)

Photo by Bryan Jao a.k.a. Bicolano Man

VIEW: Siama Hotel is One of the 6 Sexy Spots in Sorsogon You Shouldn’t Miss

5) Baluko or "Pen" Shells (Sorsogon Provincial Capitol Park, 2014)

Photo credit: Padabaon ta an Sorsoson, via bicolstandard.com

Coming Soon: Giant Camote Christmas Tree!

This year, Albay will feature a giant Christmas tree adorned with about 5,000 camote tops from top to bottom. You need to see this in person!

VIEW: Make Albay your jump-off point to the rest of the region with the Choose Philippines “Hot Map to Bicol”:

Feel-Good Christmas Trees From the World's Best Holiday Country

Part 1: From the Humongous to the Petite
Photo by Aldrin Soriano, ABS-CBN North Central Luzon
Part 2: Isang Luntiang Pasko ng mga Rizaleño

Part 3: Throwback Thursday Christmas
Photo credit: mindanews.com


Fill Your Christmas With Good Vibes!

Philippine Christmas Display Declared One of the World's Best!

10 Ways to Make Your Christmas Extra Special in the Philippines' Almost-Winter Wonderland

Build a snowman...in Baguio!

Best Old Churches for Simbang Gabi in Manila

9 Awe-Inspiring Churches for Simbang Gabi in the Visayas

Banned for 2 Years, the Filipino "SimbangGabi" Returns to New York City

Good Vibes, Bright Lights: 5 Amazing Christmas Displays in the Philippines

This Tearjerker of a Song is Your Christmas Anthem, Kababayan

61 Feet High & a Thousand Stars You Need to See in Person

Top 5 Kapamilya Christmas Songs That Gave You LSS: Pampa-Good Vibes!

How to Make Money This Christmas? The Best Pinoy Holiday Businesses!

Add to your: Wishlist Done That

Be a Pinoy Wanderer!

Choose Philippines encourages writers, photographers, travelers, bloggers, videographers and everyone with a heart for the Philippines to share their discoveries and travel stories.

Share Your Journey

Other Stories by Choose Philippines

Tell Us What You Think

Related Stories