Pasko Fiesta activities being finalized by exec committee

CITY officials are ironing out the series of activities for the Pasko Fiesta celebration, which kicks off with the lighting ceremony at the city hall compound on Dec. 8.

“It will be simple, made from recycled materials and previous lights,” said James Zimmerman, head of the city’s General Services Office, at yesterday’s i-Speak forum at city hall.

But the committee will still welcome donations to make the celebration “more grand.”

Zimmerman confirmed the statement of Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, festival spokesperson, that there was an appropriation of P1.5 million for the decorations to be put up at different locations across the city, but the plan “would depend on the supply.”

“We attempted to contact a supplier from China, but there were problems with ordering it,” said Reynan Librado, Pasko Fiesta execom member and public markets coordinator from the City Economic Enterprise Office.

Zimmerman said the appropriation of more than a million pesos would not mean a grander display.

“We anticipated that Christmas lights this year would cost more, hence the P1.5 million appropriation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the execom also bared details on the second Torotot Festival to be held on Dec. 31.

Arnold Dellosa, regional sales manager for Smart Communication said they are gunning to beat again the Guiness World Record for most horns blown simultaneously in one area.

Last year, the city registered 7,568 participants, according to organizers, beating Japan’s 6, 900 record.

“This year we are going to do it in two parts. At 7 p.m., we will open and accept registrants, and another at 10 p.m.,” said Dellosa.

Smart Communications is the partner of the city in putting up the event.

The execom members said the Toronto Festival is now officially a Pasko Fiesta event, and they are currently in the process of sending out invitations to the different barangays to encourage them to join on the 31st.

Dellosa added that Davao’s participation will be more than just for the record breaking aspect, as they will tap three barangays to create some of the horns, or “torotot” that will be used for the event.

“We are getting the city council to nominate barangays to make the torotot at P5 per horn. The raw materials will be coming from us, so it will still have a livelihood aspect,” he said.

The horns to be given away at the event will be free, said Dellosa, and bar codes provided for an exact count of the participants.

There will also be competitions for most creative torotots, with the first prize set at P25,000, second prize at P15,000, and P10,000 for third place.

“We are with local government in  supporting the advocacy of a zero casualty, smoke- free Davao,” said Dellosa.

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