Naga’s Kamundagan fest kicks off
NAGA CITY — This city’s Kamundagan Festival, the story of the birth of the Great Savior and the rebirth of the city as a progressive and dynamic community in this part of the Bicol region, formally opened last Sunday, December 1, with the simultaneous lighting of the Christmas Village at Plaza Quezon and vibrant Christmas lights and lanterns at nearby Plaza Rizal and Plaza Quince Martires, all in the city’s old business district, otherwise known as Centro Naga.
The ceremonies were led by City Mayor John Bongat who was assisted by First Lady Farah Bongat and City Councilor Cecilia de Asis, chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Kamundagan Festival, and children in their Yuletide costumes.
Beautification of the three plazas in tune with the Yuletide season and the various socio-cultural activities lined up for the one month-long festival were made possible with the collaboration of city hall’s City Events, Protocol and Information Office, Solid Waste Management Office, City Engineer’s Office, General Services Department, and the Building Maintenance Office.
From the private sector, Biggs Diner and SM City Naga extended their support as major sponsors, with Land Bank of the Philippines, Victor Bichara and Sons, and Viva Home Depot as minor sponsors. The following also contributed their fair share as donors: Regent Hotel, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Crown Hotel, Development Bank of the Philippines, ALDP Plaza, Angena Trading, Haciendas de Naga, and Bimbo Construction and Supply.
Plaza Quezon, site of the colorful Christmas Village, will the venue for different cultural and entertainment programs to be participated in by contingents from the city’s universities and colleges, private cultural groups, and other organizations throughout the Yuletide season.