Laoag City in Ilocos Norte is all aglow during December. The plaza in front of the Provincial Capitol is all decked out in lights and Christmas decorations featuring native as well as recycled materials.
But more than that, the province’s well known landmark, the massive belfry of St. William’s Cathedral, lording it all, is lit up.
What an imposing sight!
Christmas decorations in the provinces are always a delight. Unlike those found in Metro Manila wherein the lights and decors are always competing with each other, those in provincial towns and city centers are mostly concentrated on a single area. It is much more elaborate and mostly showcases the masterful use of native products.
The fountain at the plaza is all decked out and covered with a domelike structure made of bamboo with many red and lighted lanterns.
Bamboo arches rise above the walkway festooned with lights and lanterns. Angels and nativity scenes line the sides.
A family enjoys the evening with their child looking at the simple but beautiful christmas tree made of bamboo.
NOTE: These photos were taken December 2006. Christmas decorations this year might be different.