By Gina Madayon
They’re everywhere the provincial capitol ground-giant colored butterflies, all perched on trees surrounding what’s suppose to be the elevated circular fountain area now turned a huge red Christmas tree.
Welcome to the fantasy Christmas evening destination of Butuan City. Bursting with life and cheers. The capitol park lures children and youth accompanied by their parents and “barkadas” sharing a memorable time, photo ops and the like.
Hats off to the Agusan del Norte provincial government for coming up with a creative holiday showcase as always.
“Kaanindot gyud, maka-lipay ug maka-inspired,” exclaimed a young mother who brought her two elementary and pre-schooled daughters.
“Dili na white Christmas ang ilang theme, mas colorful karon,” remarks another who came with the whole family clan.
Two girls with butterfly wings danced around the pine tree and hopped to the giant red Christmas tree and danced even more capturing the crowd’s attention.
In one side of the capitol building, a Hollywood-inspired Smurf village is held. While it is a popular cartoon series, why not come up with an adapted but original showcase, something like “Diwatas Christmas village in the forest?”
While Christmas is a global celebration, maybe an indigenous creative interpretation be more meaningful that we can proudly and intimately relate to. In that a sense, our park will be remembered and cited as truly unique and worthy of the son of God’s birth remembrance as celebrated and honored by his own children everywhere. Happy Christmas all!
Photos courtesy of Joanne Escatron Cenas/Zaclee Leecaz