One could really feel Christmas in Baras as the local government, in partnership with Meralco and the Department of Tourism, opened last night the Liwanag Park in the town’s municipal plaza.
At exactly 7:53 pm, Mayor Wilfredo Robles turned the switch on that lit up the the municipal building, including the trees and plant boxes. Fifteen stars stood in the lawn facing the national road, which made the decoration easily noticeable. The doors and windows were outlined with white stream of lights giving it a feel of a home.
On the rain gutter are the words “Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon” lit by four incandescent lamps. In the middle is an orange and white lantern with the logo of Meralco on it, and “Baras, Rizal.”
In his message, Robles said “Ang liwanag ang tanglaw ng ating landas tungo sa ikabubuti at ikagaganda ng ating buhay, ating kaluluwa at bayan. Kapag ang liwanag ay nanatili sa atin na tanglaw ay may tamang landas tayong tatahakin lalo na sa larangan ng paglilingkod.”
Municipal employees and officials, residents of different barangays and teachers watched the event.
Aside from Baras, the Liwanag Park can be seen in Angono, Antipolo, Binangonan and Jala-jala, all in Rizal and other places in the Greater Manila Area. You can see the full listing here.
It can be recalled that in 2010, Meralco lit up Saint Joseph Parish church.
Saint Joseph Parish church in 2010.
The Maliwanag ang Pasko is the annual corporate social responsibility program of One Meralco Foundation and has partnered with the local governement since its launch in 2006. The foundation provided starter kits consisting of a lantern and 500 boxes of Christmas lights. This year, the Department of Tourism chipped in by committing cash prizes to winners. Read Malacanang’s statement on this here.
Take a photo of the Liwanag Park and you can win yourself P 5, 000. You can read the mechanics in the Meralco Facebook page.