SAMAL, Bataan: As multi-colored fireworks exploded in the air, Mayor Gene Dela Fuente switched on the Christmas decorations and lanterns lining the center island of the road and plaza coinciding with the start of the anticipated nine-day Simbang Gabi (night Mass) by the Aglipayan and Catholic churches here on Thursday night. Christmas lanterns and giant balls made of white capis shells on iron posts line the main road and part of the town plaza brightening the two and illuminating the municipal hall. A huge belen (nativity scene) made of bamboo, rope, cogon grass and other recycled materials serves as centerpiece of the Christmas story. Local folks here have always anticipated the switching on of lights for the belen and the town’s Christmas decors since December 2010.
ERNIE B. ESCONDE