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Saturday, December 20, 2008


The annual Chirstmas Fair was successfully held on December 11, 2008 at the East Tapinac Oval Track (ETOT) where a Drum and Lyre Corps Competition and Lantern Parade and Competition. Hundreds of students from different schools around the city joined in the festivities in celebration of the Yuletide season.

The Drum and Lyre Corps Competition was held from 8 in the morning until 12 noon while the Lantern Competition and Parade started around 1 in the afternoon.

The parade took off from the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Center and ended at the ETOT. Students carried colorful lanterns, made of different recycled and indigenous materials, and slogans supporting the total ban on fire crackers.

Present during the Lantern Parade and Competition were Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr., Vice Mayor Cynthia Cajudo, City Councilors Rodel Cerezo, Jhong Cortez, and Ellen Dabu. Joining them were the different Schools Division Officers, headed by Schools Division Superintendent Ligaya Monato.

“This program is created to explore the inventiveness of our students and gauge how they can contribute to the development of the city,” said Monato. “We intend to fully hone their creativity and musicality through programs like this.”

“Napaka-kulay ng Christmas Fair na ito and it just goes to show how creative, resourceful and imaginative ng mga estudyante ng Olongapo!” said Mayor Gordon.

The winning lanterns are currently displayed in the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Center.

Here is the list of winners in their respective categories:

Drum and Lyre Competition
Champion – Tabacuhan Elementary School
1st Runner Up – Banicain Elementary School
2nd Runner Up – Olongapo City Elementary School

Lantern Parade Contest
Biggest Delegation – Olongapo District II
Most Colorful Group – Olongapo District IV
Most Disciplined Group – Olongapo District II

Lantern Contest
Elementary Level

Most Original
1st Place – Gordon Heights I Elementary School

Most Creative
1st Place – Iram Elementary School

Most Symbolic Table Motif
1st Place – Gordon Heights I Elementary School

Secondary Level

Most Original
1st Place – Iram High School

Most Creative
1st Place – Regional Science High School

Most Symbolic Table Motif
1st Place – Regional Science High School

Some of the competing lanterns made of recycled and indigenous materials at the Lantern Parade and Competition on December 12, 2008. Gordon Heights I Elementary School, Iram Elementary School and Regional Science High School emerged as top winners.


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