CALBAYOG CITY- The island town of Almagro, Samar was named as the grand prize winner of the first inter-municipality Christmas Décor competition ever held in the first district of the province.
The theme of the Christmas décor competition had a theme of “Malamrag nga bungto, dalan san pag-asenso,” and was initiated thru the congressional district office of Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento.
By winning the competition, the town of Almagro received P50,000 as a prize during the awarding held last December 20.
The island town of Sto. Niño was declared as first prize winner with a cash prize of P35,000; Sta. Margarita second (P25,0000; Matuguinao third(P15,000) and Gandara as the fourth prize(P5,000).
The participating towns showcased Christmas decorations made by indigenous or native materials, and a Christmas symbol representing the municipality was the highlight of the decoration.
The decoration was judged based on the adherence to the theme, visual appeal or aesthetics and creativity or craftsmanship.
The first district of Samar has nine municipalities, to include the city of Calbayog. However, four towns chose to beg off to join the competition due to lack of preparation.
Rep. Sarmiento said that the activity mainly aims to give happiness and that Samarnons will be merry at this time of the year thru Christmas decorations placed at their respective town halls or plazas.
“As other big cities shine and lighted of different Christmas lights and decorations, there are municipalities that are into darkness without even minding that there is a very important occasion that needs to be celebrated, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ,” Sarmiento said.
“The light (lamrag) is a symbol of hope and inspiration for a better future,” the solon added.
Rep. Sarmiento also shared that through this activity, Samarnons need not go to cities to enjoy “grandiose Christmas decorations” as these towns have put up their own decors that could be seen in big and urban areas.
“I hope that by next year all towns in the district will participate in this very meaningful activity.” He added.