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Christmas 'parols' to brighten major routes of Asean Summit venues

Cebu City (25 October) -- A spirit-filled Christmas atmosphere will liven up Cebu as Christmas lanterns or "parols" colorfully brighten up the streets especially in the ceremonial routes of the Asean summit venues.

In Cebu City, commercial establishments and residents located in major thoroughfares are asked to beautify their immediate surroundings and install Christmas decors and lights to show our foreign visitors the typical Christmas tradition being celebrated in the country.

Cebu City public information officer Nagiel Banacia said they are continuously conducting dialogues with city residents and the different establishments particularly those structures located in major roads to clean and beautify their respective vicinity in a program dubbed "Hapsay Sugbo."

The program is also a result of the call of Gov. Gwen Garcia, Chair of the Cebu Organizing Committee for the 12th Asean Summit, for Cebuanos to show not only our warmth and hospitality but also to ensure that our environment is clean.

Ambassador Marciano Paynor, secretary general of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the Asean Summit in a previous meeting bared that we should also try to capitalize the Christmas atmosphere by giving our foreign delegates and international media a glimpse of how the Filipino traditional Christmas is like in Cebu.

In the city of Mandaue, native lanterns will adorn the city's streets and likewise in Lapulapu City, 'parols' will be put up in the main roads leading to the summit venues.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-7) regional director Engr. Robert Lala meanwhile, said improvement of the roads from the Hilton Hotel to Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort in Lapulapu City is 65 percent complete while the improvement of the major thoroughfares of the ceremonial routes is 82 percent complete.

Painting is now ongoing at the UN Avenue leading to the Marcelo Fernan Bridge which is also being painted. The asphalt overlaying projects of the identified major roads especially the ceremonial routes is 81.21 percent complete with the target completion date set at the end of the month, according to Lala. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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