After all the many tragedies that have come warping our economy and the country in general, from earthquakes to super typhoons and the issues on PDAF and DAP which have been held hostage by politicians and their deplorable friends, there is this approaching Christmas that we also must face. And it is only once in a year that Christmas comes as compared to typhoons which make it until letter Z of the alphabet until the end of each year.
It is my opinion that we should not refrain ourselves from some merrymaking for as long as we have in our conscience, already given something to help the needy. Yes, the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol may have stricken off their calendars the name of Christmas but that should not be the case. It is in my belief that not only do we celebrate Christmas because of the eating and the luncheon, but we must celebrate it in the name of the one whose birthday is believed to be December 25. Come on, it is celebrated but once a year.
In this light, Paskuhan sa Gensan as a yearly celebration is to be celebrated this year as the Generals deserve a break from all the bad vibes that Year 2013 has brought about.
Also, this year’s theme, Pasko ng Pagkakaisa, Hudyat ng Pag-asa, is the city’s united shoutout of inspiration for victims of recent calamities brought about by Typhoon Yolanda and earthquake in Visayas. It is also for renewed hope in the new year to come.
Paskuhan sa Gensan
Paskuhan sa Gensan is organized by General Santos City Tourism Council, headed by the city’s First Lady and the Council’s Chairperson, Ms. Jane Gollon-Rivera, in cooperation with DepEd Gensan and with the support of Department of Tourism Region 12 and Philbest Canning Corporation.
The celebration kicks off with the opening of the Pamilihan sa Paskuhan (Christmas Bazaar) at the Oval Plaza on December 6, today, and will be officially opened on December 17 with a spectacular Grand Opening Christmas Show at the Oval Plaza.
The whole month of December features events from various private and government sectors ranging from Variety Shows to band competitions to special parties for indigent citizens of the city.
Christmas is specially featured in first-time events Lantern Parade, Paskuhan sa Barangay, Mayor’s Night, Christmas Carols and Movie at the Park on December 15, 24, 25 and 26.
Pamilihan sa Paskuhan
Pamilihan sa Paskuhan is a Christmas Bazaar where there is a line of businesses displaying their produce, aka trade fair. Also, there will be booths for pre-loved items, food, indigenous products from anywhere SOCCSKSARGEN. This is one great place for promotion in as much as tourists and balikbayans can visit this place to check out what’s products are new in the area, what are affordable and what makes them interesting or exciting.
Here’s the layout of the Pamilihan sa Paskuhan which starts off today.
Movie(s) at the Park
While those of you can afford to watch movies in the best theaters, it is a fact that there are still many of our fellow constituents who may not have been to a moviehouse yet.
So instead of having to pay for a steep cost in the malls to watch a good movie, here’s something that will be a good way to unwind during the Christmas night times. Family movies will be played and they will be children-friendly in order for the masses to enjoy without having to deal with rated PG or GP hullabaloo.
There are still more events/activities to visit, here’s the Calendar of Activities that Paskuhan sa Gensan peeps has prepared for us.
What’s more, major streets together with the Oval Plaza and Plaza Heneral Santos will be transformed in keeping with the Holidays with the significant help from the diligent businessmen and women of the city. The Oval Plaza will be open daily from December 6 to January 5, 2014 for the Flea Market, Carnival and almost nightly events and parties.
Paskuhan Sa Gensan culminates on December 31, 2013 with a Countdown to 2014 at the Oval Plaza to be led by the City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and his family.