“I also wish to celebrate Christmas with love in our hearts, peace in our minds and love of God. As we light and open the Panay Christmas Village tonight, let us also open Panay to serve as home for others, and may its light illumine the path that we will take ahead as we endeavor to bring progress to this municipality.”
These are words coming from Mayor Felipe B. Barredo during the Opening of the Panay Christmas Village on November 18, 2016 at 7:00 o’clock in the evening. Isolated rainshower never dampened the really large crowd who joined and witnessed the ceremonies.
“Tonight, we are also celebrating a tradition — a tradition that continued across different administration. This is also a source of pride for us Pan-ayanons because friends from other places find time to visit our municipality because of the Christmas Village which is a true delight to the spirit and a reflection of the Pan-ayanons’ hospitality.” He added.
Panay Christmas Village dates back during the administration of Former Mayor Vicente Bermejo and continued during the term of Mayor Felipe B. Barredo. Originally, Christmas lights just adorned the municipal building, the facade of Sta. Monica Church and the Parish convent. It was during the administration of Mayor Dante B. Bermejo that miniature houses were added and organized into a village to which it has come to be known.
Most of the materials used in the miniature houses were recycled from surplus materials in the municipal government’s projects. Same is true with the lights, although this year, most of it have been replaced by LED in order to minimize use of electricity. Rev. Fr. Antonio Arinquin officiated the blessing and dedication and Vice Mayor Amy Asis-Bermejo delivered the welcome remarks.
“We thank God for the gift of life, the gift of family of friendship and camaraderie and the gift of being a Pan-ayanons. I thank you also for the opportunity to once again serve as your mayor”, he concluded.
Panay Christmas Village is open every night to the public for free. It is an ideal place for the family to visit, take pictures and selfie and enjoy the food on sale at the venue at the Nego Kart of the beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Municipal Government of Panay and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).