So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun
Ans so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

From “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmastime in Tacloban City with its 54-foot tall Christmas Tree all lit up at the Balyuan Complex and promenaders and BMX bike riders all taking it in.

The scene last night, 

December 15, 2010 with local BMX enthusiasts strutting their stuff on a very humid, early evening by the bay of Cancabato.

Standing 53 feet tall at the Balyuan Complex facing the Cancabato Bay is this year’s “European–Moroccan-inspired” huge Christmas tree erected by the Tacloban City government.

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June 20, 2010 the Basey Sto. Niño flotilla arrives in Tacloban City re-enacting the exchange of the images of Señor Santo Niño between the Basey barrios of Buscada and Kankabatok (now Tacloban).

After the usual offerings and exchange of messages between government officials of Tacloban City and the Municipality of Basey, a mass is held at the Sto. Niño Parish Church.

In the afternoon, the Tacloban and Basey Sto. Niño images are motored  around the barangays of Tacloban announcing the start of the 9-day novena prayers of the Tacloban Fiesta celebration.

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