Grand musical fountain in lieu of fireworks installed
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (3 December) -- In the absence of fireworks, the local government of Davao City came up with the best alternative in the form of a musical dancing fountain, unveiled yesterday (December 1) at the People's Park.
Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte led the lighting of the Christmas tree and the first display of the interactive dancing fountain in time for the opening of the Pasko Fiesta, the yearly celebration of the city government to welcome the Christmas season.
The P18 million worth dancing fountain is considered first in Mindanao. Synchronized movement of water plays best with colorful lights and various songs.
The first display of the dancing fountain gathered a huge crowd, mostly kids who stood amazed by the play of water, lights, and music.
"Pwede palang maramdaman ang pasko kahit walang paputok. Masaya ang mga bata nung makakita ng ganung klaseng fountain. (We can still feel the Christmas season even by the lack of fireworks. My kids are so happy seeing that magical fountain), said one Dabawenyo.
The fountain has 132 different lights and 59 effects, with an "auto sensing" control system. This technology is from Calcutta, India.
James Zimmerman, Pailaw sa Pasko Fiesta committee chair, said the city spent P23.6 million for the interactive fountain.
Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw 2010, which runs from December 1 to 30, aims to promote the city as an ideal destination in the Southern Philippines. Duterte, in her speech, stressed that the government is doing its best to make the city a place "where people can converge to shop and enjoy the Christmas season".
Other activities included in the Pasko Fiesta are Hudyakaan sa D'an, a street food celebration, Nine Mornings celebration, Chinatown Night Market, and many more. (PIA XI) [top]