The new Gaston Park is expected to be formally opened to the public tonight in time for the annual “Light-A-Tree” activity. Both the City Hall compound and Gaston Park will light up with colorful, eye-catching, blinking Christmas lights and decors.

City Mayor Constantino “Tinnex” Jaraula, Vice Mayor Vicente Y. Emano and members of the City council are expected to lead the ceremonial lighting which will be attended by department heads, chiefs of office and city hall employees.

It can be recalled that Mayor Jaraula enjoined all department heads and chiefs of office to adorn with Christmas lights all assigned trees surrounding City Hall compound and Gaston Park.

Mayor Jaraula set the “Light-A-Tree” lighting ceremony on December 15 as churchgoers are expected to flock to the St. Augustine Cathedral when the “Simbang Gabi” begins on the following day, December 16.

Mayor Jaraula ordered key department heads to fast track the completion of the Gaston Park Redevelopment project in time for the lighting ceremony.

The on-going facelift of the Gaston Park was made possible through the joint efforts of various Filipino-Chinese business communities in Cagayan de Oro City who generously donated some P400,000 in response to the call of Mayor Jaraula.

As an added attraction, Mayor Jaraula said a state-of-the-art widescreen of water that shows moving text, graphics and images as community billboard will be installed at the Gaston Park.

Workers are seen putting some finishing touches on the park.

The lights on the trees are installed through the help of a bucket truck.

The children’s playground are also being repaired.

These stars or lanterns will certainly brighten up the park tonight.

I’m just curious what Mayor Jaraula meant with “state-of-the-art widescreen of water that shows moving text, graphics and images as community billboard”. Perhaps it’s really a billboard. Well, better just go to the park tonight and see what that means.

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