DAGUPAN CITY – ‘Parols’ (lanterns) and carol stroll will spice up this year’s opening of the city fiesta on December 2 with the theme “Love, Live, Celebrate Balon Dagupan 2016!”


The lighted  ‘parols’ of different establishments and non-government organizations will be displayed while students from the different public and private schools, colleges and universities in the city walk through the main streets while dancing and singing lively Christmas songs.


“If we have street dancing during the bangus festival, we will also institutionalize another traditional event during this year’s city fiesta and this is the parol and carol stroll,” said Epee Rafanan, the executive Chairman of the 2016 City Fiesta.


Rafanan disclosed that the best and most unique ‘parols’ will receive an award while the school with the best presentation of their Christmas carols and dancing will also receive a reward for their performances.


“This will be a competition on who is the best among the best using recycled materials as their instruments to lighten up their singing and presentation,” said Rafanan.


Rafanan added that the traditional Belen making contest will also have a new twist. Instead of having this in every barangay, the Christmas Belen will be done in just one place for people to have a closer view of the different nativity sites prepared by the different barangays which are either clustered or on their own.


“The belens will be in one place this time where the carnival and trade fair are, to be called Paseo de Belen,” said Rafanan.


He stressed that the carnival will not be the usual carnival that most people see in every fiesta celebration. This would be something that everyone, especially the children, will enjoy, Rafanan added.


Meanwhile, the Paseo de Belen will open on December 1 and the carnival will open from 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon till 1:00 o’clock in the morning. These will be located at the De Venecia Highway near the CSI the City Mall.


“The carnival will collect a minimal entrance fee and we will have a designated area for parking. There will be a medical station with an ambulance on standby and a PNP station for police and Public Order and Safety Office personnel,” said Rafanan.


Rafanan explained that the idea of having a common area for carnival, belen and trade fair along De Venecia Highway is to avoid traffic and the congestion of vehicles in the city proper. He hopes that the venue will become a permanent place for merriment every celebration of the city fiesta.


On the other hand, Councilor Dennis C. Canto, the 2016 City Fiesta Hermano Mayor, assured that downtown jeepneys and kalesas will be available to transport passengers going to the Paseo de Belen as they will be given passage way tickets to commute people in the area. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 22, 2016)