December 10, 2012, Perez Park - Governor David "Jay-Jay" C. Suarez during the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the 2012 Christmas Bazaar and Switch On Program themed "Luntiang Pasko sa Kapitolyo Para sa Tao." From left: Provincial Tourism Head Mr. Jun Bay, Provincial Agriculturist Robert Gajo, PSupt Alex Orfanel, Engr. Johnny Pasatiempo, Engr. Nestor Imperial, Executive Assistant IV Webster Letargo and PSSuptValeriano De Leon.
To formally open the week-long Christmas celebration in the province of Quezon, with the theme “Luntiang Pasko sa Kapitolyo Para sa Tao,” Governor David C. Suarez led the Switch on Program, or the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree last December 10, 2012 at Perez Park, Lucena City.
The 50-foot Christmas tree is adorned with lanterns made from recycled plastic bottles designed and created by the inmates of the Provincial Jail. The Provincial Government also delighted the onlookers with a grand fireworks display that filled the air with flashing lights and festive cheer.
After the Switch on Program, Gov. Suarez visited the opening of the Christmas Village Exhibit featuring the figurine collection of his mother, former Congresswoman Aleta C. Suarez, held within the Old Capitol Building. The said exhibit will display the figurines from December 10, 2012 to January 13, 2013.
According to Carmelo Julius Parcarey, Chief of Staff – Office of Quezon’s First Lady, Madam Anna Villaraza-Suarez, the Provincial Government will give free food and drinks to day care and elementary school students who will schedule a visit to the Christmas Village Exhibit.
A hip hop dance was also a part of the celebration, with D Magnificent Crew from Pagbilao, Quezon winning the title of Champion and Php 10,000 cash prize. The group Fix-Up won 1st runner up and Php 5,000, while Quezon Tatak Pinoy trailed at 2nd runner up, earning its members Php 3,000. The teams who unfortunately did not make the cut still received a consolation prize of Php 1,000 each.
The Father of Quezon also visited the 64 stalls that make up the Christmas Bazaar at Perez Park, after the ribbon cutting ceremony held earlier that afternoon. Traders and merchandisers from differ municipalities in the province made up the bazaar. (Quezon PIO)