Our most favorite season is here. Christmas is a big deal for Filipinos. In fact, the Philippines is known to be one of the countries to celebrate the longest Christmas. It starts from September and extends until January. When the –ber months come, the streets are filled with colorful lights and lanterns, and Christmas songs fill the air. Families are busy putting up their trees and decorating their homes. Malls are overflowing with people searching for gifts to their loved ones.
How are you going to celebrate your Christmas? Are you sticking to the traditional Filipino celebration at home or are you taking your family out to join the various merry festivities in the Queen City of the South?
Pasko sa Sugbo
Have you passed by the Fuente Osmeña Circle yet? The yearly “Pasko sa Sugbo” features a lot of exciting Christmas events for everyone the whole month of December. Featuring a nightly cultural show, the celebrations official began with the ceremonial light-up of the giant Christmas tree last December 1, 2012. This year, the tree is decorated with lights and local materials, specifically fans with red, green and white banderitas, withthe image of Sto. Niño. The 120-foot tree will be on display until the Sinulog celebration in January.
The nightly cultural shows will feature local talents mostly from Cebu’s colleges and universities. A night for senior citizens has also been set.
“Pasko sa Sugbo” is Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s pet project, which is now on its 16th year. In the first five years, the nightly shows were held at Parian Cebu City. The Christmas tree, on the other hand, has been a project of the M Lhuillier Group of Companies for nine years now.
Kasadya sa SRP
The second staging of the “Kasadya sa SRP” was officially commenced on December 7, 2012 at the Sugbu compound in the South Road Properties. Organizers, spearheaded by the office of the City Market Authority, promise more fun and organized celebrations this year. “Kasadya” will feature a carnival, food stalls and bazaar for dry goods until February 24, 2012. Firecrackers will also be sold starting December 15.
“Kasadya sa SRP” is open daily from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight from December 7 up to January 20. From January 21 up to February 24, it will only be open on Fridays and Saturdays. Different programs will take place every Friday and Saturday.
Free bus rides from from Mambaling and from Malacañang sa Sugbo to SRP will be provided by the city government. All barangays have been told to provide transportation for their constituents.
For everyone's last-minute Christmas shopping, SM City Cebu is open until midnight on December 21 and 22, 2012. Its holiday mall hours are actually from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., including December 25. On December 24 and 31, however, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on January 1, 2013, it will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. You can also witness SM City Cebu's grand fireworks display on December 22 and 29 at the parking area fronting the Northwing. Fireworks will start lighting up the December sky at 9 p.m.
At the foremost mall on the south side, Ayala Center Cebu, the December 2012 operating hours are as follows:
December 14 to 21 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
December 22 10 a.m. to 12 midnight
December 23 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
December 24 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 25 12 noon to 9 p.m.
December 26 and 27 regular mall hours
December 28 to 30 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
December 31 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
January 1, 2013 12 noon to 9 p.m.
December 24 Closing not earlier than 8 p.m.
December 25 Opening not later than 12 noon
December 31 Closing not earlier than 8 p.m.
January 1, 2013 Opening not later than 12 noon
Playmaze at Parkmall invites kids to its Winter Wonderland on December 21 and 28, 2012, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Playmaze party area. Games, prizes, and plenty of treats are in store, plus some surprises from Santa Claus, who will be at the event for a meet and greet. Jump & Slide is scheduled after the party, and attendees can contribute to charity. Tickets for the event are available at Playmaze. For inquiries, interested people may call (0917)310-9060 or (0922)617-3591.
Amidst all the fun partying, may everyone grasp the true meaning of Christmas.
The Everything Cebu team would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Have an unforgettable celebration in Cebu! Maayong Pasko kaninyong tanan.