Philippines' "Christmas Symbols Capital" Is All Lit Up for the Holidays

It's a good excuse to fly to Northern Mindanao this December.

(SPOT.ph) When it comes to putting up larger-than-life Christmas balls and Christmas presents as well as lighted replicas of the world's most famous landmarks, nobody does it better than the folks of Tangub City in Misamis Occidental. This city in Northern Mindanao, after all, is hailed as the "Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines" for its celebrated festival every December. And on December 1 at exactly 11 p.m., the city's public plaza was all lit up for Tangub Christmas Symbols Festival 2019.

The annual Tangub Christmas Symbols Festival features replicas of world-famous landmarks. Department of Tourism Region 10 / Facebook
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Feel like you're in the Netherlands amid these colorful lighted flowers. Department of Tourism Region 10 / Facebook

Take a photo with this mock-up of The Pagoda at Patterson Park in the U.S. Department of Tourism Region 10 / Facebook
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The Christmas Symbols Festival started in 1992, and is now one of the country's longest-running holiday events. For an entrance fee of P20, tourists can take photos of 14 landmarks from different countries. Imagine going to the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, Temple of Athena Nike in Greece, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, and more—all in one night.

Video by Byahe ni Kuya Narz

How to get there: While there are no direct flights to Tangub City, you can book a flight from Manila to Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental. From there, you can hop on a bus to Tangub City and travel for about 20 minutes.

Tangub Christmas Symbols Festival 2019 runs until January 8, 2020 at Tangub Plaza, Tangub City, Misamis Occidental. It is open daily from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Entrance fee is at P20.

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