Dec. 16 to 22: Paskuhan sa GenSan
A “fantasyland-themed” Christmas festival of General Santos City in South Cotabato province. With a budget of P4.5 million, the festival features the annual grand pyrotechnics competition at the Oval Plaza grounds.
Other events include light-a-tree contest, barangay “belen” competition, Christmas carol for senior citizens and drum and lyre competition.
Dec. 16 to 20: Pasaway Festival
Residents of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental province celebrate the mining industry that transformed Sipalay into a booming town that eventually became a city.
Copper was one of the main products of Sipalay, before several mining operations closed down.
Participants in the street dancing competition are clad in ethnic costumes with copper ornaments.