Today, December 4, 2009 is the launching of the annual Christmas Festival of General Santos City, the Pasko sa GenSan.  Spearheaded by the local government through the Office of Kagandahang GenSan under Dr. Rose Acharon, this year’s yuletide celebration has adopted the theme,MALIGAYANG PASKO SA MAGANDANG GENSAN“.   This effectively combines the iconic Christmas greeting with the city’s official and now famous battlecry.

The Official Logo of Maligayang Pasko sa Magandang GenSan

"The Official Logo of Maligayang Pasko sa Magandang GenSan"

Above is the logo designed by OEMCDO OIC Edgar Cadiente.  The 4 stars which are symbols for Christmas represent the development principles of the local government in their thrust for a truly “magandang GenSan” (Livability, Competitiveness, Bankability and Good Governance).   The 26 colorful rays emanating from the stars are the city’s barangays.

This year’s celebration will again see the participation of the different schools and universities of the city, the barangays, small and medium sized-entrepreneurs and media outlets in the activities.  The focal center will be the Oval Plaza although the stretch of  Pioneer Avenue and Pedro Acharon Boulevard will all be dressed up in consonance with the theme.

The first major activity this afternoon is the DRUM AND LYRE COMPETITION, followed by the Opening Program at the Oval Plaza Stage and the Fireworks Display (STARDUST) later in the evening.

Now, that should keep all the photographers busy tonight, including us, of course!

Below, we leave you the Schedule of Activities as we greet all our readers “MALIGAYANG PASKO SA MAGANDANG GENSAN!”

The Schedule of Activities of Pasko Sa Gensan 2009
"The Schedule of Activities of Pasko Sa Gensan 2009"

ERRATUM: Please disregard the Dec 12 schedule of Sarah Geronimo’s concert above.  The correct date of the concert is on December 11.  Please take note.  Thanks.