SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb 26 (PIA) – Festival organizers have set the stage for one of the biggest summer events in this city – the Sillag Poro Point festival of lights.
“Sillag,” which means moonbeam, was launched on April 28 by the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC), a member of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority Group inside the Poro Point Freeport Zone (PPFZ).
The festival is meant to draw local and foreign tourists and, in the process, promote Freeport zone as a beacon for tourism and investment projects in the North PPMC Board Chairman Ives Nisce said during the launch.
Organizers hope to promote the lights festival as one of the crowd-drawing events during summer similar to the “Panagbenga festival” in Baguio City.
“What makes it unique from other festivals is that all activities are focused at night. The festival will bring light,” Nisce said.
Florante S. Gerdan, PPMC president and chief executive officer, said this year’s festival is part of La Union’s 163rd foundation anniversary.
“We hope to bring in more tourist through the festival and make the province an investment destination in Northern Luzon,” he said.
The festival promises an array of events that will suit every viewer’s needs.
On March 9, a one-hour live performance of marching bands from PPMC main gate to Thunderbird Amphitheater will be conducted alongside the first Sillag Fun Run (Sunset Run for Hope).
A sure crowd-drawer will be the un-identified flying object (UFO) formation ceremonial lighting of the Sillag village at the PPMC grounds.
Nature lovers can have a pick of the best plants and flowers at a garden show along with a food fair and local bands concert at night.
Professional golfers will also have a field day at the first Sillag Golf Cup which will be held on March 10 at the Thunderbird.
To sustain festival-goers’ interest , an air show from hot air balloon, para-gliding, ultralight show, UFO formation and children’s show are being eyed to wow the crowd.
Another festival highlight is the street dancing competition where participants will be garbed with light-emitting costumes.
The festival will not be complete without the most anticipated part, the lantern fluvial parade at the Thunderbird Boardwalk.
According to PPMC, the parade will feature illuminated and decorated boats from participating government agencies, business firms and various organizations.
To completely satisfy tourists, there will be a release of hope lanterns followed by a pyromusical and variety show after the fluvial parade. (MCA/MHH – PIA1 La Union)