By Atty. Samson Ariel
I WOKE UP one
September morning, bended over, both hands clinched between my
knees. I slackly got off my bed to gear up for my long day’s
work.. I looked out the window and felt the cool breeze
on my face. Christmas is in the air.
feeling the nostalgia of the last Christmas in Cagayan de Oro City.
It was like waking up from a long slumber after Christmas Eve, and
opening your eyes to another Christmas day again. Yet, this
memory of my last year’s Christmas has fraught my senses with
mixed feelings of delight and yearning for this year’s mark of
festivity. Christmas season is preceded by glimmering lights
and caroling. People from all walks loom in malls and
baratillos to avail of the season’s discount sales
and freebies. Everyone has a fair share of Christmas fever.
This City is likened
to the busiest cities in the Philippines yet glazed with the modest
attribute of Kagayanon style. Everyone has to keep up
with the rush and bustles of early day’s work and crave the
late night’s gimmicks. Night markets and café’s
are not the last in the line of common places to hang-out.
What is Christmas
like in Cagayan de Oro City? I have asked this question
to Kagayanons, and they replied seemingly in
one tune – Christmas here is so unlike anywhere.
To Ms. Marjatta S.
Sampollo, Christmas in Cagayan de Oro City is about glitters
and colors adorning landmarks, malls, houses and
streets. People attend the Misa de Gallo to commemorate
the birth of Jesus. She observes our underprivileged brothers
and sisters, mushrooming on the streets knocking on everyone’s
heart for sympathy and generosity. Atty. Felwina Opiso joined
to say that Christmas in the City is colorful and people from
hinterlands flock to the streets caroling.
The staff of Justice
Rodrigo Lim remarked that parks are filled with lights and families
who spend quality time together with children playing around.
Christmas tree and Belen making contests are peculiarly held at
Gaston Park where guests and spectators alike are beguiled.
Family gathering and simbang gabi summed the year’s
Christmas celebration, according to the staff of Justice Camello.
For Atty. Edwardsam
Eullaran, churches are jam packed during dawn masses and there is
scarcity of lechon manok during Christmas and New Year’s
Tenebro recalls Christmas lights and decoration contests, dawn
masses, nightly caroling, firecrackers and outreach programs.
To some, it is the
time when we commemorate the birth of our Savior, the birth of new
hope and the promise of redemption. In the spirit of giving, it
is an opportunity for us to give and share our blessings to the less
fortunate. Every Christmas hallmarks the season of giving,
sharing, hope and peace. There is no formula or yardstick to
celebrate it distinctly, but here in Cagayan de Oro, we celebrate the
spirit like there is no other!