A season celebrated joyfully through Christmas activities, showcasing colorful lightings, joyous performances and an array of decorations in different barangays and public areas. For the entire month of December, the city beats with exciting and cheerful Christmas events known as Pasko Fiesta sa Davao. This yuletide merriment is part of the official annual event celebrated in the whole City of Davao. Pasko Fiesta has become the city’s tradition of celebrating the wonders and magic of Christmas. It also serves as year-ender celebration and thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings that the City and its people enjoy throughout the year – and that include the unity and camaraderie that people of Davao enjoy.
December 1 marks the start of the Pasko Fiesta carnival, a month-long amusement rides and freebies for Dabawenyos. In the evening, the “Dan-ag Davao” or the Official Pasko Fiesta Opening and lighting ceremonies will be held in front of the City Hall, to be led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
As of November 28, the installation of the different rides for the Pasko Fiesta Carnival has started.
Meanwhile, the first day of December also marks the opening of several contests, to be participated by different sectors.
These includes “Parol sa Barangay,” a parol display contests in barangays at Marfori Botanical Garden; “Kahayag sa Davao,” a light up competition of establishments; “Pasko Fiesta Davao,” variety shows in 11 barangays; “Pasko Pahalipay sa Davao,” Santa Claus in Magsaysay Park and People’s Park with giveaways; and “Pasko Hulagway,” a photo contest.
Other month-long activities include Pasko Fiesta para sa mga Lumad, which will run from December 7 to 20; Kan-anan sa Tribo, a food market by the 11 tribes in Magsaysay Park and will start on December 15 to 30; and Pasko Kumbira sa City Hall, Christmas fun for City Hall employees at Rizal Park on December 15.
Other activities include 7th Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Year-end Party for the LGBT community at Azuela Cove, Lanang on December 17; Siyam ka Kaadlawon (Simbang Gabi), early morning masses and native kakanin at San Pedro Cathedral on December 16 to 24.
December 16 also marks the start of Panayegon sa Davao, Christmas carols by various other groups in City Hall Drive, and also the Kaandabaw: Christmas food street in Palma Gil.
There will also be a Lamdag Parada, a parade of lighted Christmas lanterns plus marching band competition at Central Business District on December 22.
On the December 23, there will also be Koro sa Pasko, which is a chorale competition, and Pasko Daba-Daba, a concent by various artists.
On the 25th there will be Christmas Mass or Misa Dabawenyo and at 6 pm the same day, there will be Yugyugan sa Pasko Fiesta, Christmas Day Celebration, and Street Party.
A battle of the bands event will also be conducted on December 26, dubbed as Tugtugan sa Pasko and finally on December 31 there will be a Torotot Festival at Rizal Park.
Dabawenyos who attended different activities or contests, are expected to win many prizes this year, this is after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has announced that the city will allot a total of P17 million for the Pasko Fiesta and huge part of it goes to prizes for the different events.