City’s “Kapaskuhan ha Catbalogan 2012” receives various support

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the whole Christian world in celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ to instill hope and give thanks for the bountiful blessings received through the years. “Ha Kapaskuhan mayda Pagka-urusa”, which is this year’s theme, echoes the need for us Catbaloganons to unite amidst political and social divisions for a peaceful and meaningful celebration.

In line with this celebration, several activities have been organized to make it more festive yet reflective. One of these is the “Panarit Pamasko: A Christmas Carol Singing Contest” in partnership with the Division of Catbalogan City, Department of Education. The contest is open to both young and adult groups aimed at sharing the spirit of the season through folk songs and cheers. A weekly elimination during weekends has been scheduled starting on December 01 to 22, 2012 to cater to the three (3) categories namely: (1) Children’s Category for those aging 6-12 years old; (2) Teen’s Category for those aging 13-17 years old; and (3) Open Category for any group with members aging 18 years old and above.

Another activity is the “Pasko Pasikatay”, a Barangay Hall Decorating Contest aimed at involving our communities and barangay folks through a greener and sustainable concern for the environment in partnership with the Association of Barangay Chair – Catbalogan City Chapter. Thirty (30) pre-selected carline barangays is expected to participate the contest, which will incorporate indigenous/recycled or eco-friendly materials and a percentage of the judging will come from online votes to further expand the reach of the celebration.

Last and most importantly, in cooperation with the Catbalogan City Tourism Council (CCTC), and the Waray-Waray Youth Advocates (WARAYA), we hope to involve the business sector in spreading the message of unity and solidarity for this coming month of December. Through the assistance of the Samar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Department of Trade and Industry – Samar (DTI-Samar), we hope to encourage our business partners to put up Christmas lighting and decorations outside their respective establishments to heighten the public’s awareness and appreciation of the yuletide season. And to make their participation more relevant, the City Government will be offering FREE L.E.D. Advertising at our Giant Electronic Billboard at the City Plaza for five (5) spots per day as a promotional support to our business partners.

As we involve different sectors to this year’s celebration, the City Government of Catbalogan hopes to exemplify the call for unity and solidarity towards the celebration of our Savior’s birth.

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