They say that Christmas is for children. What better way to celebrate the Christmas season than to see a child’s face brighten up by giving him a gift?
In line with this the Department of Tourism revealed the plans for its first Christmas by the Bay this December.
The celebration is a three-day event on December 15-17 where they aim to gather 60,000 gifts. The gifts will be given to children from affected areas of Marawi City and Leyte and the orphanage, Hospicio de San Jose.
Mina Gabor, president of the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), a sponsor of the event, is hopeful that they will exceed their target number of gifts. “This is the heart of the entire celebration. We want people to enjoy the longest Christmas,” she was quoted by ABS-CBN.
“We hope to be able to make this a big event this Christmas,” she added.
The event is expected to be a big celebration complete with Kapamilya celebrities and performances from local artists. There will also be a Christmas parade with bright-colored floats from the CCP Complex to the Quirino Grandstand. To complete the Pinoy Christmas vibe, there will be a Christmas bazaar with over 100 stalls where even some celebrities are expected to join. And of course, to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, they also organized a Simbang Gabi by the bay.
Aside from ISST, Christmas by the Bay is also co-presented by Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP).