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THE NEW LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS CAN’T STOP SMILING because finally their efforts paid off after undergoing a very tedious review on the Course Work for Massage Therapy before taking the Licensure Examination on December 2011. Forty LMTs in Davao Region took oath on January 27 at Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City. (Photo by Melvia Malubay/LMT)
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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012

Feature: Tagum welcomes 2012 with a big, loud bang

by Tagum City Information Office

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 02 (PIA) -- Tagumeño revelers erupted in loud cheers as they witnessed the passing of another year and welcomed the year 2012 with a big bang through a 30-minute grand fireworks display set up by the City Government of Tagum.

City of Tagum Mayor Rey T. Uy led the more than 5,000 people who witnessed the city’s yearly tradition right in front of the newly-opened Gaisano Mall of Tagum along Daang Marharlika National Highway.

This year’s display, which was billed at P300,000, illuminated the sky in colors of blue, red, orange, violet and yellow with pyrotechnics such as meteor shower, cyclone warp, jupiter storm, guardians of the galaxy, earth under attack, 3 destination x, white strobe, chrysanthemum mines, dragon eggs, among others.

Christian Berico, a psychology student in Saint Mary’s College and one of the many Tagumeños who witnessed the event, threw both arms in the air as the New Year began.

“Maganda ‘to compared last year and it was an amazing experience since we weren't able to purchase our own fireworks (This is beautiful compared to last year and it was an amazing experience since we weren’t able to purchase our own fireworks),” he said in an online interview.

A video of the fireworks display uploaded on popular video sharing site YouTube became an instant hit online, giving Tagumeños here and abroad the chance to view the revelries on their computers.

“Proud to be Tagumeño!” wrote one user on the YouTube page entitled Tagum City Fireworks 2012.mp4. Another comment said that Tagum’s grand fireworks display may not equal that of London’s and Sydney’s, but they are proud that Tagum City was able to have it as a way of welcoming another year.

“The fireworks display to bid 2011 adieu was still a crowd-drawer. Perhaps, it was a way for people not to spend anymore on fireworks,” wrote Tess Doce Halili via facebook.

“Hindi na kami bumili pa ng mga paputok kasi nanuod na lang kami (We didn’t buy firecrackers because we were just going to watch),” said 16 year-old Glen Andrion.

Intermittent rain showers did not hamper the show with a live band courtesy of a popular liquor brand, drawing people not only from Tagum but from other cities and municipalities as well.

Among those spotted watching the fireworks display was Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy, elder brother of Mayor Uy. (Tagum City Information Office)

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