Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo wished everyone a Merry Christmas with a fervent prayer that the New Year will be more productive as the city’s leaders will do their very best to address the issues of health, sanitation, peace and order for the betterment of the community.

Councilors Alan Gel Cordova, Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal and Joe Kenneth Arbas, City Administrator Ricardo Gonzalez, City Assistant Administrator Dr. Dinno Depositario and Joshua Morris Chief of the Internal Political Unit of the US Embassy joined Mayor Remollo in the countdown in lighting the Christmas Tree to the delight of the diverse crowd, Thursday.

Last night’s opening program featured the Dumaguete City Hall Choir and winners of the recent 69th Charter Anniversary contests. Among them, the Top 3 of Dumaguete Idol 2017 Jeva Villamil, Marichu Sabanal, and Marlon Tizon, Bulilit Idol 2017 Jayrome Sevillejo, Duma Beat Dance Grand Champion Dogs on Duty, the Folk Dance Grand Champion from NORSU Senior High School, and our Balitaw Grand Champion from NORSU. Miss Dumaguete 2017 Lexandrea dela Cerna and her court also graced the event.

To enliven the holiday season, various cultural and variety shows will be presented every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the week until the last week of December.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a community tradition actively participated in by residents and visitors of the city.

This year’s tree will be illuminated by hundreds of running lights and topped with a star that serves as a beacon for everyone to come to the park, or join the cherished tradition of Misa de Gallo at the nearby Dumaguete Cathedral. The tree also serves as a unifying emblem to peoples of all faiths in the city to celebrate Christmas with peace and love in their hearts.