Karangahan: Albay Green Christmas 2011

Albay stages its season-long Green Christmas advocacy project for the second year this year, with a new added element aimed at fortifying its terms of endearment with the local folks with special focus on ethnic culture, food and tastes.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has recently launched here ‘Karangahan sa Pasko: Albay Green Christmas 2011, an expanded version of its maiden edition last year. This year’s version admittedly “provokes a more celebratory attitude that builds on the spirit of the season”.

“In 2010, we launched Albay Green Christmas, essentially as an advocacy campaign for less pollution and reduced carbon emissions through ‘Iwas Paputok’; proper solid waste management through ‘No Plastics/Less Garbage celebration; and zero casualty, Salceda explained.

He said they added a new ingredient to this year’s ‘Karangahan sa Pasko,’ designed to bring out and fortify “the terms of endearment of Albayanos to their province” and enhance their pride and unique sense of ethnicity as Albayanos that is articulated by their culinary arts and other cultural forms.

Karangahan is a Bicol term derived from the root word ranga, which refers to a higher level of joy and contentment, and later was used to mean endearment.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino is set to switch on the lights of the giant Green Christmas tree at middle of Peñaranda Park in front of the Albay Provincial Capitol on Nov. 25, marking the start of the month-long festivity. The President will also formally inaugurate the Climate Change Academy at the Bicol University here.

The giant Green Christmas tree is about 58 feet tall, fashioned from recycled fuel drums painted green, with close to a thousand flickering solar powered led lights. It eloquently speaks for Albay’s advocacy and campaign for environment protection.

Salceda said Karangahan has some 40 to 50 activities lined up and has six pillars – Equalympics, a province-wide academic competition for High School, Elementary and Kindergarten/ Nursery levels students; Culinaria Albay – which seeks to promote Albay cuisine and its world-competitive restaurants; Green lantern and Christmas décor competition; Iwas Putok, a campaign for no-firecracker and safe celebration of the season; Wellness – interclub tennis tournament; and an indigenous art competition.

Of the many activities lined up, of special interest are “MusicHERO” or battle of the AFP bands featuring the bands of the Philippine Army, the Marines, the Navy and Air Force; and competitions for composers and signers from all over the country who will be asked to submit or perform their original Christmas jingles in English, Bikol or Tagalog. The entries must be themed Albay and must have a festive beat. (PNA)

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Date Activities Venue
November 25 National Media Conference on Climate Change BU Amphitheater, Legazpi City
November 25 to December 25 Green Christmas Tree Lighting Peñaranda Park
Barangay On-Site Green Christmas Belen Competition
Fiesta Culinaria 2011 In front of Capitol
Paskuhan/Karangahan sa Albay Beer Plaza Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Luntiang Pasko (Garden Show) Albay Astrodome
Art Decor Atrium
Pasko sa Kapitolyo, Agrikulturang Organiko Display of Organic Farm Products Albay Capitol Compound
Inter-Club Tennis Competition
Karangahan sa Pasko Trade Fair/Pyroclastic Display Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
November 25 to 26 2 Day Job Fair: Pamaskong Trabaho 3F Pacific Mall, Legazpi City
November 26 Chorale Festival Albay Astrodome
November 27 Rebuilding Lives, Rebuilding Community Dinner for a Cause Albay Astrodome
November 29 Regional Education Student Congress Albay Astrodome
November 30 Provincial Prayer Competition and Dedication of Albay “Albay is for Christ” Albay Astrodome
December 1 to 2 World AIDS Day Celebration Information Caravan
December 2 Iwas Paputok Launching Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Tales from Mindanao “Dance Drama” Albay Astrodome
December 3 PUNK & SKAbadoo Night II The Wannabees featuring Punk and SKA Bands from Albay LKY Legazpi Terminal
Night Run in Albay Legazpi Boulevard, Puro, Legazpi City
“O Come Al Ye Faithful” Chorale Concert Albay Astrodome
December 4 Philippine Red Cross Fun Run Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Albay Concert Crusade Albay Astrodome
December 5 1st Karangahan sa Albay Open Art Decor Competition Atrium
December 7 Bonggang Krismas ki Lo at La Year-End General Assembly Senior Citizen Albay Astrodome
December 8 Krismas para sa mga may K
Year-End Program and Evaluation of PWDS
Albay Astrodome
December 8 to 9 1st “Karangahan nin Dunong kan Albay (Academic Olympics) Albay Astrodome
December 9 Sounds and Movements “Cultural Presentation” Albay Astrodome
December 10 Christmas Rawit-Dawit Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Vice Governor Imperial’s Cup (Shootfest) BGCI Firing Range, Padang, Legazpi City
December 12 Pastores Bikol Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City<
December 15 BUCAL Lantern Parade and Christmas Concert BU Grounds
Tabaco Viva Pastores Tabaco City Terrace
December 15 to 16 The First Bicol Social Media Workshop Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City
December 15 to 24 SANTA CLAUS is coming to Albay! Old Albay District, Legazpi Port and Polangui
December 16 Christmas Chorale Competition Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
MAGIC OF MAGIK (Magic Competition) Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City
December 17 Children’s Home, Orphans of PWD & Sagrada Familia Christmas Cheers in Costumes Astrodome/Peñaranda Park
Musical Sessions 5: Folk, Rock and Country Peñaranda Park
December 18 Search for Outstanding Gym and Fitness Center Peñaranda Park
December 20 Karangahan Green Christmas Photography Contest Peñaranda Park
December 21 Green Lantern Competition
Lantern Parade and Awarding
Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
December 22 to 23 MusicHERO: Battle of the Uniformed Bands Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
December 23 Gabi ng Parangal/PDRRMC Night Albay Astrodome
Night Run Legazpi City
December 25 Handog Pamasko/Gift Giving to Orphans Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City

Sources:
BicolToday.com
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