In Eastern Samar

Christmas lantern festival in Arteche, Eastern Samar continues, providing entertainment and a symbol of hope during the Yuletide Season.(Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY – The local government unit of Arteche in Eastern Samar continues the tradition of bringing joy this Yuletide season through the Christmas symbol and décor displayed competition in front of San Ramon Parish Church.

The local government said that there was a hesitation not to push through with the Christmas décor contest this year due to the recent flooding that affected several barangays of the municipality.

But with the help of donations from various agencies and organizations, the LGU said that they were able to immediately provide assistance to all flood-affected residents.
“In the wake of recent challenges faced by our community due to the unfortunate floods, we believe it is more crucial than ever to foster a sense of hope, resilience, and unity,” the LGU said.

This year’s competition highlights the rich culinary heritage of the town incorporating the culture and tradition during the festive season.

Seven entries from local government agencies and organizations displayed their entries, displaying their creative interpretation of various Christmas decorations like the nativity scene made from farmer’s hat and coconut shells.

There is also a Santa Claus figure riding his sleigh pulled by a carabao instead of a reindeer carrying tuba (local wine), fishes, and seaweeds.

The Christmas decoration contest is judged based on following the theme reflecting the rich culture and traditions of Arteche.

Also highlighting the Christmas competition in Arteche is the Karan-on Bazaar 2023.
Among the popular Arteche karan-on on display are ‘payayang iska’, moron, ‘puto bugas’, cassava flan, ‘hulog-hulog’, and ‘gudhoya’, among others.

Winners for the Christmas décor contest will receive P100, 000 for 1st prize, P75,000 for the 2nd prize, P55, 000 for the 3rd prize, P40, 000 for the 4th prize, P30, 000 for the 5th prize and P20, 000 consolation prizes.

Best Karan-on winners will receive P8, 000, P6, 000, and P4, 000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize respectively, and a consolation of P2, 000 for non-winners.