Christmas Festival of Lights & Music 2017 Open
Known around the world as the “Drumbeating City of Beauty and Dance”, and as “The Las Vegas of the Philippines”, La Carlota City twinkles once again.
LA CARLOTA. Congresswoman Juliet Marie D. Ferrer, 4th District of Negros Occidental, Former Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer, Mayor Luis Jacky D. Jalandoni III, Vice Mayor Dr. Rex R. Jalando-on, Jeffrey Rumbines- City Accountant, SPMs David T. Baga Jr., Zaldy Pernito, Julian Chiang, Elmar O. Aries, ABC President, Jose Luis Jalandoni, Richard Sebastian Benedicto, Provincial Board Member Annabelle Q. Bermudo, President, Liga ng mga Barangays sa Negros Occidental and SPM Arnaldo “Ledoy” Miravalles at the opening ceremonies of La Carlota City Christmas Festival of Lights and Music 2017 at the City Public Plaza.* (Jun de los Reyes / NDB photo)
The city is indeed, where thousands of colorful Christmas lights sparkle around the city plaza and on trees surrounding the plaza, streets, buildings, commercial establishments and residences in the barangays in various architectural designs and art works.
“It is a tree of life, of peace and of love. It symbolizes the ever-burning fire of life, the life force through the year. It symbolizes the appreciation of Jesus’ Birth. It is a means of retelling a miracle in a colorful and beautiful way so that we can further understand and appreciate Jesus entering the world. Thus thousands and even more are added every year, witnessing this magnanimous most awaited month long celebration of the year – Christmas Festival of Lights and Music 2017, which this december opened during ceremonies last Friday, Deceber 15 until 31, 2017.”
La Carlota Mayor Luis “Jacky” Jalandoni III, Vice Mayor Dr. Rex R. Jalando-on, Congresswoman Juliet Marie D. Ferrer of the 4th District of Negros Occidental, with husband Former Congresssman Jeffrey P. Ferrer and son Julius Assistio Ferrer, Provincial Board Member Annabelle Q. Bermudo Liga ng Barangays President, Negros Occidental , SPM’s Karen Aguirre, Amalia Aguirre, David T. Baga Jr. , Jaime Manuel H. Mariño, Zaldy Pernito, Julian Chiang, Richard Sebastian Benedicto, Jose Luis Jalandoni Jacob, Liansing, Elmar O. Aries-ABC President spearheaded the switch-on ceremony during the opening of the Christmas Festival of Lights and Music 2017, witnessed by a jampacked crowd at the city plaza.
Mayor Jalandoni in his Christmas message said, “La Carlota Festival of Lights and Music, the first of its kind in the province is a symbol of our shining Hope for Unity in Peace and Progress . It was conceptualized in the early 80’s and made official in 1989. In the early 80’s Pasalamat festival was an expression of Thanksgiving to our Lord Almighty. The Christmas Festival of Lights and Music is a solution to unite Christian communities and encourage them to work together, using their power in singing, dancing and other performing arts. The real essence of Christmas is giving and expressing gratitude. In a Christian spirit, bringing the government closer to the people, we are persevering, reveling the vision and mission for La Carlota City to unite with one voice as a city as a community in the Season of Love, Giving and Gratitude.
“La Carlota City First, “ Let’s Go La Carlota and all Hail for Inclusivity which everyone matters in the prospect and availability and accessibility of government services for the welfare of the people of La Carlota. Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year to one and all,” he said.
Vice Mayor Jalando-on in his message said, “A celebration and a symbol of Holiday Season. Let us keep the legacy of our forefathers, our past leaders alive in the hearts and minds of everyone. The many traditions we treasure that have made a positive impact in the lives of the people of La Carlota. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.”
In her message, 4th District Negros Occ. Congresswoman Juliet Marie D Ferrer, said,” As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Christmas Festival of Lights and Music, we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.Let us keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Updanay kita tanan. Together with my family, Cong. Jeff, my sons Julius and Jason and my two daughters Jillian and Julia. I wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God Bless us all. And May God Bless La Carlota.”
Schedule of activities at the La Carlota Public Plaza : December 15 to January. 1, 2018) are: Dec. 15-Opening Night/Fireworks Display Dec. 16- Pax Catholic Academy, Dec. 17- Central Schools (LCSES-1& II, LCNES) Dec. 18- DepEd Night , Dec. 19- DHSBNHS & La Carlota City College, Dec. 20- Live2 Dance. Dec. 21- Liga ng mga Barangay Night (LNB), Dec. 22- City Employees Christmas Party Dec. 23- PYAP/ Pantawid Night, Dec. 24- La Carlota City Evangelical Church ,Dec. 25- Community Bible Church/Fireworks Display ,Dec. 26- First Congregational Christian Church Dec. 27- Christmas Film Showing,Dec. 28- Let’s Dance , Dec. 29- Iglesia Filipina Independiente , Dec. 30- Senior Citizen’s Night , Dec. 31- Christmas Film Showing Jan. 01,2018 , Fireworks Display.*(Jun delos Reyes)