December 6, 2022 – Christmas is not complete without the tree lighting in every home. This tradition sets for the first time at Narciso B. Galapin Elementary School (NBGES), Division of Panabo City during their PA-SIGA Festival, a Christmas tree-making and lighting activity.

The first tree lighting experience was participated by more than 300 learners, parents, and visitors during the first peek at the illuminated trees made of recycled and indigenous materials.

NBGES will bring the lighting to the rest of the barangay as the school is open for viewing up to 7 in the evening daily.

Each grade level transforms plastic bottles, dried corn cobs and husks, junk food wrappers, old tires, coconut palms, and other junk items into beautiful works of art. To show appreciation for the participation of all parents and pupils, the school awarded the top three best Christmas trees and consolation prizes to the rest. The sixth grade received the top-notch, the fourth grade garnered second place, and the third grade received third place.

There were loud whistles of excitement as the countdown of the lighting of the Christmas tree began. The sweet, relaxing aura of the lights creates an atmosphere of love, joy, and hope which pleased everyone who attended the event.

With the support of Schools Division Superintendent Reynante A. Solitario, duly represented by Celestino E. Revamonte Jr., education program supervisor, the event gained positive feedback.

Also present in the event were the judges – Armando Jr. O. Aguilon, Ritchie M. Flores, Leah Isleta, Brgy. Maduao Captain Manolito Alcober and his Wife, Locrecia Alcober, WAVE Industrial Sales Operational Manager Edward K. Tom, EdCom Chair, Hon. Gina Madulin, PTA Officers headed by Hazel Dane Flores, Jeany B. Sudaria, Ariel S. Daquio, Nida Compuesto, Head Teacher 1 of Malativas ES, Teachers, parents, and pupils.

The PA-SIGA Festival has evolved into one of the most memorable events of the school year. Iryhn E. Petalcorin, the school principal, expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed to the event’s success, especially to the parents who worked hard to create these beautiful Christmas trees.

This festival aims to foster creativity, innovation, synergy, and optimism in the celebration of love, peace, and joy among learners, teachers, parents, and stakeholders.


✍🏼 Hanah Jane D. Libre & Iryhn E. Petalcorin
Gemima Valderrama-Galang
📸 NB Galapin ES

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