Christmas Cheers Now on 25th Year - CT

The annual Christmas Cheers begins marking its 25th year this December 16, making it probably the longest running privately-organized Yuletide extravaganza in Bicol region since Mons. Jose "Ping" Molina began the show in 1985 in response to the gloom following a typhoon.

Last week, the organizing committee chaired by DPWH District Engineer Ignacio T. Odiaman finalized the activities and the required budget for the 13-night series of shows at the Virac town plaza. The theme for the `09 Cheers is "Ang Kapaributan sa Pangpang ning Atbong" or roughly translated ‘The Environment on the Brink of Destruction."

The opening ceremony on Dec. 16 will be kicked off by a torch parade featuring ati-atihan dancers, at least six Santa Clauses, the Jollibee mascot and the 2008 Little Ms. Christmas Cheers. Sponsored by the Rotaract Club of Virac, the parade will start at the capitol grounds at 6:30 P.M. and end at Plaza Rizal for the official start of the program featuring a five-minute fireworks display and the ceremonial switch-on of the two giant Christmas trees.

Here’s the rest of the schedule: Dec. 16 (Wednesday) – Hablon Dawani; Dec. 17 (Thursday) – CSC Laboratory High School/Elementary; Dec. 18 (Friday) – Taytay Elementary School/Philippine National Red Cross; Dec. 19 (Saturday) – Virac Pilot Elementary School; Dec. 20 (Sunday) – Buyo/Calatagan/Palt; Dec. 21 (Monday) – Catanduanes National High School; Dec. 22 (Tuesday) – JMAMES and Catanduanes Colleges; Dec. 23 (Wednesday) – Virac Central Elementary School/Antipolo/Igang; Dec. 24 and 25 – Christmas break; Dec. 26 (Saturday) – Musical Extravaganza featuring Music Avenue Band; Dec. 27 (Sunday) – Starkids; Dec. 28 (Monday) – Search for Little Ms. Christmas Cheers 2009; Dec. 29 (Tuesday) – Provincial Government of Catanduanes; and, Dec. 30 (Wednesday) – Congressional District Office.

This year’s edition is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Congressional District Office, the Provincial Government of Catanduanes, Virac Municipal Government, DPWH Catanduanes Engineering District, Marriage Encounterers, Catanduanes Tribune, Catanduanes Contractors Association, Mountain Care and Hikers Association, Abuab Auto Supply and General Merchandise, First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Rotaract Club of Virac, and Catanduanes Tulungan Club.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 12 December 2009

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