Now that the nights are longer and the air is cooler and balmier in and around the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, it is almost time for one of the city’s most-awaited and well-loved festivals.
This is the month-long Pasko Sa Gensan, a brainchild of Mayor Jun Acharon which was envisioned to provide the generals with more reasons to celebrate the festive Christmas season, by way of events and activities designed for the “generals” of all ages.
Now on its sixth year of incarnation, Pasko Sa Gensan for 2008 goes a notch higher by transforming the central oval park and major throroughfares of the Tuna Capital into one magical dreamland, aptly named Enchanted Gensan.
The Poster for Enchanted GenSan. (Click on it for a larger view)
First Lady Dra. Rose Acharon, chairperson of Pasko sa GenSan ’08 celebration disclosed that they will be putting up 8 Castle Pavilions inside the Oval Plaza transforming it into an Enchanted Kingdom by night for the whole month of December.
These Castle Pavilions are the following:
- Fairyland – with elements of fairies, fairytale stories, etc.
- Magicland – with elements of magic shows, magic world
- Santa’s Kingdom – with elements of Santa Claus, reindeers, sleigh, etc.
- Toyland – with elements of toys and fun, etc.
- Fruit and Flowerland – with elements of fruits and flowers
- Circus Land – with elements of circus, carnival, carousel, etc.
- Galaxy Land – with elements of space, astronomy, etc.
- Safari Land – with elements of adventure, animal land, etc.
A number of public and private schools have committed to construct these themed castles at the Oval Plaza, the centerpiece for this Christmas Festival. Each castle-pavilion will compete for the Best Fairytale Kingdom Contest.
Complimenting the castle-pavilions at the Oval Plaza are these attractions:
- Disneyland – Oval Plaza Children’s Playground
- Disney Towers – Decorated/lighted towers
- Magic Wands X’mas Tree – Giant Christmas tree at the center of Oval Plaza
- Grand Castle Ballroom – decorated Oval Stage
Additional Fairytale attractions in key locations are the following:
- King Arthur’s Castle – City Hall façade
- Knight’s Ballroom – City Hall lobby
- Way to Camelot – Pioneer Avenue, P. Acharon blvd.
- Santa’s Sleigh Stations – Gas Stations
- Disney Castles – Banks’ façade
- Bayfront Castle – Queen Tuna Park
- Fairy Parol Contest – Fishport
There will also be various competitions and shows like Ground demonstation, Drum & Lyre, Dance Fusion, Himig Pasko Christmas Carol, Disney Towers, Fairy Parol Contest, Fairytale makeover, Pasiklaban ng Radio Stations, Christmas Cantata, Fairytale Nights, Christmas Carnaval, Party Zone, Libreng Gupit, and Fireworks Display.
Pasko sa GenSan 2008 Artistic Director Edgar Cadiente, explained that this year’s theme which is, “Once upon a Yuletide Season / An Enchanted GenSan”, captures a fairytale, dreamy flavor.
“We will transform the whole Tuna Capital into a fairy tale landscape,” he added.
With that, expect General Santos City to be the place to visit this December, by residents of nearby towns and provinces as they experience for themselves the spirit of Christmas in this magical city while being cast under a spell with all its promise of an adventure in fantasyland.
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@bambi – Hi Bambi! Do not believe BA. Di lang naman pambata yan eh. These dancers will be representing our country. They need a lot of supporters and cheerers. Try to get as many generals as possible and organize them to be there at the park to give the Ezquizyth a big morale boost. Take pictures and videos too. Go generals go! 🙂
@May Che – hi! Be sure to drop by the Children’s Playground which is ready by now. 🙂
@Keemlai – Better submit a proposal to the City Mayor’s Office right away. Thanks and good luck on your project. 🙂
Wow galing naman na yan pareng avel, nakakamiss na tuloy xmas dyan sa atin. Dito lungkot, we planning to go home next year and sana december para naman makita ko yang pinagmamalaki mo. Pls post me some pictures. Miss you all
Told BA about the hiphop compitition, olympic park is very close to our place and yes hes watching it with his friends, but he doesnt want me to go pang teenagers daw yun and ma out of place lang daw ako (tanda na nga pala talaga tayo hehehe)
wow!! A must see this Christmas! Matutuwa mga pinsan ko nito. :))
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hi im one of the founders of a magic society here in general santos.named the 12th Summit (check out 12thsummit.wordpress.com)
i read about the this from a friend ( Nate Marx) and as i read it..i was really astonished upon knowing that the enchanted gensan will be having a MAGIC LAND..
hmm..well as for us magicians..we are glad if we will be hired for the said event this december.specially at the MAGIC LAND..this will help us promote our society as well as promoting Gensan through a magical way..
magicians from our society are specialized mainly in street magic, and mentalism..we are seen around gensan performing on streets, bars and etc..we are also capable of performing stage and comedy magic….
you can contact us through..:
@Gay – See you once you’re here. And yes, do check out http://soccsksargenbloggers.ning.com/ . You might want to join the group. 🙂
Pasalubong ha? 🙂
Wow, can’t wait for my move to GenSan. Great timing for me since I’ll be moving there next month na.
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