It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas indeed as the City of Golden Friendship launched Pasko de Oro 2019 last December 2.
To start with, 16 motorela contingents festively decorated with various indigenous materials and transformed into paskorelas cheerfully paraded the streets from Rodelsa Circle to Kiosko Kagawasan. Each Paskorelas were allowed to have at least ten passengers, who were also encouraged to be in Christmas costumes.
On the other hand, five marching bands from five different elementary schools in the city also showcased lively and adorable performances.
This year’s top three contingents from the paskorelas and marching bands were also awarded. For the paskorelas, coming in third was contingent number 1. They received a cash prize of P20,000 along with a trophy. Second place goes to contingent number 10, who received a cash prize of P30,000 plus a trophy. And lastly, contingent number 7 claimed first place, receiving a grand prize of P50,000 and a trophy.
Top three Paskorelas:
Meanwhile, for the marching band competition, Puerto Elementary School placed third and received a P10,000 cash prize. Coming in second was Agusan Elementary School, who received a P20,000 cash prize. Lastly, students from North City Central School cheered in bliss as they hailed champions—receiving a grand prize of P30,000.
The bandmaster from Puerto Elementary School and band majorette from Agusan received the best awards with a cash prize of P3,000 each.
Top three marching bands:
Moreover, participants from both competitions who did not make it to the top three each received consolation prizes—P3,000 for the paskorelas and P2,000 for the marching bands.
The City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office led the organization of the event, in collaboration with RTA, City Engineers Office, City Public Services Office, City DENR, City Informations Office, City Admin, CDO Police, and CDRRMC.