Davao’s Pasko Fiesta delights visitors

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Tunnel of light Visitors of Pasko Fiesta Village in Davao City pass through the 30-meter tunnel that has been fitted with more than 1,200 pieces of colorful light bulbs. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Currently, one of the top attractions in the Pasko Fiesta Village is the 30-meter tunnel of light which will be lit up to 6 January next year.

Aside from various games and lightings, Davao City’s annual Pasko Fiesta celebration with the theme “Winter Wonderland,” is offering a different kind of attraction that is sure to be a big hit among guests, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Currently, one of the top attractions in the Pasko Fiesta Village is the 30-meter tunnel of light which will be lit up to 6 January next year. It has been fitted with more than 1,200 pieces of dancing and various colored light bulbs that dance to the music.

But does mee goreng ring a bell? How about shrimp, vegetables and sunny-side up egg on top of stir-fried noodles with keropok or kropeck on the side?

Davao City tourism operations office chief Generose Tecson said that aside from usual attractions, they have deliberately featured various Tausug, Malaysian, Arabic and Indian-inspired dishes in this year’s celebrations, to attract as much number of visitors as possible.

Most of these dishes can be found at Pasko Fiesta’s Salu-Salo at the Sta. Ana Wharf that opened to the public last November 30.

Aside from mee goreng dishes being served in Haya’s Place at the Sta. Ana Wharf are nasi lemak, a Malaysian rice meal, tiyulah itum or black beef soup with rice and cheesy shawarma fries.

“We have reserved 20 stalls at the Salu-Salo and we have halal food also. Another halal-certified restaurant that has been getting much attention at Sta. Ana Wharf is TinHa,” Tecson said.

Tecson said Dabawenyos and visitors, who drop by the Sta. Ana Wharf on weekends, will also enjoy the other offerings there as it is not just a food extravaganza.

“This is actually the Pasko Fiesta Food and Entertainment Village which is a must-visit place for both young and old,” she said.

The village features halal food and goods that showcase Davao City as a gateway to Mindanao, the island with the largest population of Muslims in the country.

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