Iloilo. Bright and colorful lanterns are now up along diversion road. Around us, Christmas lights glow in every establishment, and Ilonggos can no longer contain the excitement to celebrate the season. The streets and malls are starting to get busy the Christmas way.
And what better way to spend the holidays with family than scouring the beautiful province of Iloilo once again to see the Christmas spirit come to life before your very eyes? Take a tour of the must-see lighting events that you would not want to miss.
Iwag Festival of Lights – Pototan, Iloilo
Pototan is known as the Christmas Capital in the Visayas because of its magnificent and stunning Christmas decor presentations. The yearly occasion called Iwag Festival began 13 years ago, and this is by far the longest-running Christmas event held on this side of Iloilo. Here, you can wander throughout a field of glittering park trees and get a taste of local flavors while being entertained with nightly presentations.
So, who can resist taking a picture of this beautiful and superb decor?
Opening of Lights – Iloilo Provincial Capitol
You can definitely say that Christmas is everywhere in Iloilo as the Provincial Capitol makes sure that every corner of the building is filled with Christmas lights. Along with the traditional lighting of the building façade, fireworks also lit up the night sky.
Feel free to check it yourself.
CPU Opening of Lights – Jaro, Iloilo City
Central Philippine University (CPU) welcomes the yuletide season with its lovely opening of lights every first week of December. The event is all about merry festivities and a joyous December celebration from there on out. The event is open to everyone to witness the lighting of the whole campus, and students get to showcase their talents to entertain the crowd.
The Angelicum School / Lizares Mansion – Jaro, Iloilo City
Christmas at The Angelicum School at Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City marks each celebration with the lighting up of hundreds of festive lights lining the facade of the Lizares Mansion. Flocked to by both locals and tourists, its yearly display of lights does not disappoint as they are all striking and pleasing to the eyes. The Christmas carols filling the air are also something to appreciate.
Camella Savannah Christmas Lighting
Homeowners and visitors gather at the main entrance of Camella Savannah—a 500-hectare master-planned community in Iloilo City—to witness its Christmas Lighting every last week of November. The event is filled with happiness with their exciting program for the kids and kids-at-heart.
For years and years, Iloilo has been famous, among its residents and tourists, for the various activities that happen all year round. But the most notable of these events take place during the holiday season when many of the province’s famous towns and historic buildings come to life upon the lighting of hundreds and hundreds of Christmas lights.
Kari na sa Iloilo! Let’s spend the most joyous time of the year in the City of Love!
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