Ilocos Norte kicks off ‘Paskua Mi Ditoy’ celeb, lights up traditional Christmas belen


Dec. 10, 2015 ...

Highlighting its festive and unique traditions in celebrating the Christmas season, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte officially opened the ‘Paskua Mi Ditoy’ (This is how we celebrate Christmas), the province’s annual series of activities to celebrate the holiday season.

On December 9, crowds gathered in front of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol to witness the symbolic lighting of the 45-foot Christmas tree, which are adorned with lanterns made ofAbel Iloko and several environment-friendly light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

Governor Imee R. Marcos, who led the countdown to the lighting, gave thanks for all the blessings of the province this year in a short speech.

“Tonight, we have much to be grateful for and just as the Christmas narratives say, we give thanks for the harvest…for being spared with the disasters this 2015,” she said.

Going away with the winter-wonderland theme last year, displays in front of the Provincial Capitol depicts a ‘Pasko sa Barrio,’ evoking an Ilocano version of belen (outdoor nativity scene) with vibrant Christmas lights illuminating the front ground of the building.

“We feature in the displays a very Filipino Christmas…with materials made out of indigenous materials…most importantly we have an Ilocano Christmas belen, the first time ever to be displayed here in the province,” said Mr. Xavier Ruiz of Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO).

He further noted that the displays aim to bring back Ilocanos to the meaning of Christmas as it upholds faith and resiliency.