My City just lighted its 112 ft. Christmas tree last December 1 at the Baywalk, overlooking the sea and Mt. Salakot. It was so beautiful — all 10,000 lights in one single, giant tree — I was filled with awe.
Fireworks illuminated the whole Baywalk as soon as Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn and his wife, Mrs. Ellen M. Hagedorn, lighted the giant tree. To many in Puerto Princesa, the event’s a traditional symbol of the beginning of the Holiday Season.
This year’s Christmas tree is pretty similar to last year’s, I think, when you look at it from afar at night. But if you get a closer look at day time, it’s different. The City Government estimated that around 20,000 residents were present at the Baywalk to view the lighting.
Mayor Hagedorn’s Christmas message was “about finding hope and thanking God for the blessings the City continues to receive.” One he particularly mentioned was about the P600 million share that Puerto Princesa is going to receive from the Malampaya soon.
He said part of the amount would go to infrastructure development and livelihood projects for the people. A couple of months ago, Mayor Hagedorn went to Malacañan to block the signing of the executive order apparently because the Provincial Government and Palawan’s two congressmen: Rep. Baham Mitra and Rep. Tony Alvarez refused to give Puerto Princesa its share. The two believed that since the city is now highly urbanized, it no longer has the right to receive share from the Malampaya (www.malampaya.com)
That issue has finally been resolved. We’re just waiting to see it materialize through projects and programs. Hopefully, many will really benefit from it.