Location: Central Philippine University, Lopez Jaena Street, Jaro, Iloilo City
Travel time: About 10 to 15 minutes from Iloilo City Proper
Recommended budget per person: PhP150
One of the most anticipated activities every December are the switching on of lights and fireworks display at the Central Philippine University (CPU), one of the biggest schools in Iloilo. This year, it is on December 6. This marks the start of the yearly event dubbed as the Festival of Lights and Music at Central. Each year, the school’s premises, especially its university church, are covered with different colored lights. Food kiosks and even some apparel stores are also lined up along the Halfmoon Drive of the school during the celebration.
Aside from students, outsiders and even families come together to CPU to watch the lights while eating in the big field. A singing competition or sometimes even a battle of the bands is also part of the activity that usually last until the school’s Christmas break.
Tip: Travel to CPU a little earlier to avoid the traffic in the area during the opening of lights.
How to get to Central Philippine University
: From Iloilo City Proper, take a Jaro CPU jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off in front of CPU.