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Make the Season Memorable with this Christmas Tree in Puerto Princesa

Make Christmas 2019 one for the books with this giant Christmas tree in Palawan!

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | December 06, 2019
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The Puerto Princesa’s giant Christmas tree is a dazzling display of color and cheer.

Image: Ed Garcellano

The Christmas season is that time of the year when Puerto Princesa Baywalk in Palawan transforms into a whimsical holiday haven. Drawing in the crowd are the nightly festivities, shopping stalls and food kiosks, all unfolding around the 100-foot Christmas tree in Puerto Princesa, making the city extra lively since the peak of the yuletide season kick-started last December 1.

If you’ve got no other night out plans and happen to be in the area for the holidays, here are the things to see and do at the Christmas tree in Puerto Princesa.

1. Admire the giant Christmas tree.


The Christmas tree lights the Puerto Princesa baywalk into life.

Image: Teng Formoso

The month of December not only kick-starts the peak of the Christmas season for the people of Puerto Princesa, but also signals the giant Christmas tree lighting, which is the most anticipated yuletide event in the city.

On the first day of this month, thousands trooped to the Puerto Princesa City Baywalk to witness the Christmas tree’s annual lighting set at 7 PM. The ceremonial switch-on, led by the city mayor alongside other officials, took place after a series of performances from various groups.

In continuing with the City government’s advocacy on sustainability and environmentalism, the towering Christmas tree is beautifully adorned with typical Christmas tree decors like gifts, balls, stars and other glimmering ornaments, all made from recycled plastics and other recyclable materials gathered in the past months by the City government staff.

2. Watch nightly entertainment.

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Nightly entertainment wows spectators at the baywalk.

Image: City Government of Puerto Princesa

Once the Christmas tree is ablaze with colorful lights, it jump-starts the nightly entertainment programs where Puerto Princesans’ flair for performing arts takes the spotlight. Lively music and dance performances are rendered not only by notable local artists, but also by groups representing government and non-government organizations, schools, and other sectors. Watching these presentations is indeed one of the best ways to experience the holiday spirit. So, if you’ve got more time to spend with your family and friends, feel free to drop by and join in the revelries.

3. Shop and dine with your loved ones.

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Food stalls serving food are ready to fill up holiday goers.

Image: @ kcfernandez10

Aside from the nightly entertainment, visitors and locals alike also can choose from a plethora of stalls selling various wares. From classic street food and pica-pica stalls to full-on sized meals and boodle fights, everyone, even the pickiest eater, will never run out of options. The Puerto Princesa Baywalk is the place to go, especially if you’re craving for freshly caught seafood from the city’s bountiful seas. Of course, any Filipino food tastes best when shared, so gathering around the table with your family and friends is a nice idea.

Besides food stalls, there are also makeshift stores selling souvenir items, clothes, shoes and other dry goods. If food and shopping isn’t your strong suit, you can also choose to walk or bike around the baywalk while taking in the fresh amihan (northeast monsoon) breeze and admiring the giant Christmas tree.

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The holiday season is a great time to check out the giant Christmas tree at the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. And what better way to celebrate this jovial time of the year than by going out with your family and friends?
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About Keith Anthony S. Fabro
Keith Anthony Fabro is a freelancer based in Narra, Palawan. He explores the great outdoors, talks to strangers, and designs promotional materials for a living. In his free time, he practices mindful meditation or reads anything about personality psychology and the natural environment, all while listening to mellow music. When inspiration strikes, he writes spoken poetry. He can live with just water and chocolates.
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