Road closure

Parts of Palma Gil, Roxas to be closed for Pasko Fiesta

THE CITY government will be closing some streets in line with Pasko Fiesta, the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) said.

 CTOO head Regina Rosa Tecson, in an interview, said that the month-long celebration would involve several street events such as the Kaan Dabaw at Palma Gil Street and the Pasko Daba Daba at Roxas Avenue.

 The Kaan Dabaw is the Christmas street food festival. Opening at 3 p.m. every day until midnight, it will have two batches: first on Dec. 16 to 23 and the second on Dec. 26 to 30.

 The Pasko Daba Daba is scheduled on Dec. 23, 7 p.m., at the Roxas Avenue. It’s a concert featuring various Davao artists.

 Tecson said some events will also involve the use of the roads at the city’s downtown area, such as the Lamdag Parada and the Banda Dasig.

 The Lamdag Parada is the parade of lighted Christmas lanterns, and the Banda Dasig is a marching band competition.

 Tecson encouraged participants to the various competitions during the events, with prizes reaching as high as P200,000.

 The Parada will have five winners with prizes ranging from P25,000 to P200,000.

 Various groups, composing of 30 to 50 persons, are encouraged to make a lantern (parol), six feet in diameter, to be mounted on a wheeled platform such as pedicab, Tecson said.

 “There’s no entry fee,” she said.

 The city is encouraging barkadas, homeowners associations, and other organizations to join.

 Moreover, establishments in all the three districts the city have a chance of winning up to P100,000 for the façade lighting contest. Establishments need only decorate their buildings, while no registration fees will be collected, Tecson said.

 The City Planning and Development Office will judge the winning entries.

 Up for grabs are prizes of P30,000, P50,000, and P100,000 for each set of winners from each congressional district.

For the Banda Dasig, champions in the different categories (elementary, high school, college, and community) could win P100,000, while consolation prizes of around P20,000 will be given to the non-placers.