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Christmas festivals all set in Cavite

By Gladys Pino 
November 29, 2019


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL IN CAVITE. Cavite's Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office urges travel-loving individuals and groups from here and abroad to #taraCavitetayo and join its various festivals this December. Photo shows Kawit town's ‘Maytinis’ festival, a yearly tradition of the town meant to highlight the journey of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary in search for an inn for Jesus Christ’s birth. (Photo courtesy of Rhouz Camposanto)



TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite - Cavite offers destination options to celebrate the holidays as it ushers in various festivals such as Paskuhan sa Imus and Kawit town's Maytinis Festival, to name a few, this merry month of December.

Provincial Tourism Officer Elinia Imelda Rozelle Sangalang on Wednesday urged travel-loving individuals and groups here and abroad to #taraCavitetayo and join the various festivals marked with various festivities from street presentations, float parade, and trade fairs.

"These (festivals) are not just added reasons for Caviteños to come home but are also aimed to encourage the public to spend their holidays locally, specifically in Cavite and entice the participation of small to medium entrepreneurs," Sangalang said.

The provincial tourism office is aggressively promoting local activities and events, in line with its tourism tagline, #taraCavitetayo, meant to position Cavite as a destination of choice that would contribute to the growth of tourism-related economic activities in the province.

"It is the nearest complete travel destination from Manila offering a variety of options, from business to leisure activities, with its unique and rich historical, cultural heritage in the backdrop,” Sangalang said.

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The month-long "Paskuhan sa Imus, starts with the opening of Food-Ibig sa Imus (a food fair) and the lighting of the city plaza Christmas decorations and fireworks display at the city plaza on December 2 at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Kawit’s ‘Maytinis' festival on December 24 is a yearly tradition of the town meant to highlight the journey of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary in search for an inn for Jesus Christ’s birth, thus requiring the long stretch of the procession around town prompting local officials to close traffic routes.

As a pre-December teaser, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla spearheads the Pride March as a kick-off activity to celebrate this yuletide season at the Capitol Grounds at 3 p.m. on November 29.

Aimed to promote gender equality among capitol employees while supporting the rights of the LGBTQ, the event will be highlighted by a parade of colorful floats and street dancers invited to promote gender equality and showcase the culture of pride.

Cavite, located in the southern shores of Manila Bay, abounds with historic sites and landmarks, museums, being home to a number of Filipino heroes.

It also teems with natural resources with unique landscapes, world-class golf courses, outstanding gardens and various agricultural tourism sites. (PNA)

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