LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental (PIA)–Lugait lit up its municipal hall and plaza to commemorate the beginning of the holiday season and the town’s month-long showcase of lights in the new normal.
“Nakita nako karon nga atong katawhan gibati nila ang kaguol nga naa sila sa ilang panimalay. Mao nga nakahunahuna ko nga maski sa gamay nga pamaagi, mapakita nako sa mga tao sa Lugait ang atong pag-atiman sa ilang mental health,” said Lugait Mayor Zosimo Perez, Jr, November 22.
(I have observed that our people have felt sad and anxious that they are in their home because of the pandemic. So, I thought that in a small way, I can show the people of Lugait that we give importance to their mental health)
The mayor disclosed that it has almost been two years since the town celebrated the yuletide festivities in adherence to the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 mitigation protocols, which permeated throughout the peak of the global health crisis, by launching the festival of lights. He hopes to bring a sense of normalcy in his town and share some holiday cheer again as the country slowly fights back against the contagion with its swift vaccination campaign.
In complementary to the festivities, Sanggunian Secretary to the Lugait Cedric Dayta underscored the importance of balancing the event with public health safety protocols.
“Naa’y orientation, by batches ang mga tao musulod para mutan-aw sa decorations in respect sa protocols aron dili kita maghuot ug masunod ang social distancing,” he said.
(There is orientation [for our visitors]. They go in by batches to view the decorations in respect of protocols so that we can follow social distancing)
In lieu of its usual Christmas festival of lights, the town opted to make this year’s local and national offices inside their municipal hall the central highlight of their snow laden Christmas exhibit with the theme “Candy Land: Open house white Christmas.”
“This is a part of our culture and arts, and tourism in our municipality, we do this annually for Christmas, we want to showcase what is in Lugait nga wala sa uban munisipyo (which isn’t in other municipalities),” Lugait Town Tourism Officer Rain Deocares Gabe shared. (VPSB/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)