TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – At exactly 6:00 pm of Monday evening, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte welcomed the Christmas season with the lighting of its colorful Christmas display at the facade of Arsenio A Quibranza building, Provincial Capitol, Tubod, giving light, hope, and joy to its Muslim and Christian residents amid the darkest times of the pandemic.
 
It was attended by the provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Congressman, Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo, Vice Governor Maria Christina ‘Cristy’ N. Atay, Ms. Sittie Aminah Q. Dimaporo as well as the board members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from the 1st and 2nd districts.
 
The said event was exclusively witnessed by the Provincial Government employees with its aim to avoid the crowding of people and to comply with minimum health standards.
 
Simultaneously, the people witnessed a beautiful fireworks display that lasted for a few minutes.
Governor Dimaporo said, “Though the COVID 19 infections in the province showed significant decrease, we still have to be more vigilant . Follow and observe standard health protocol specially during Christmas season due to the new Omicron variant that might affect the country.”
 
Governor Dimaporo lauded the performance of the various department and employees particularly the Tourism Department who is behind the ” Paskuhan sa Lanao del Norte.”
Also present to witness the momentous event and show support to the PGLDN were Bruce Colao, Provincial Director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) LDN, Pcol Isaias Bacurnay Jr., Provincial Director of the Provincial Police Office (PPO) LDN, and Col. Rey Alemania, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade.
Some residents from nearby towns trooped to the provincial capitol ahead of the switch-on ceremony led by Governor Dimaporo.
 
For Marife Cañete, a mother of Two from Baroy said” the last time we witnessed the Paskuhan sa Lanao was held at Mindanao Civic Center in Barangay Sagadan in Tubod before the pandemic.”
The Christmas symbols served as the venue of family bonding and a family reunion inspired by hope, peace and reselience this Yuletide season.
 
Starting Monday, December 6, 2021, the Christmas display in the Provincial Capitol will be available for viewing from 6:00-9:00 pm every evening. PIO-LDN