47th Silahis ng Pasko kicks off with mass at Shrine of Brown Madonna

LUCKY NEW YEAR BABY. Silahis ng Pasko usually starts on December 1 with the Children’s Mardi Gras, an event for pre-school children who are dressed in Christmas inspired attires like these children from Balsigan Day Care Center and among the more than 4,000 participants during the pre-Covid 19 pandemic in December 1, 2019. This year, the 47th SNP, lead coordinator Fritzgerald Padilla said only six events are lined up with the opening on December 8, a mass at the Shrine of Brown Madonna in Tadiangan, Tuba, during the Feats of Immaculate Concepcion, the December 17 Share a Joy, the Lucky Christmas Family on December 22, the Lucky Christmas Baby on December 25, the KISLAP/TALA awards on December 28 and the Lucky New Year Baby January 1. Pigeon Lobien Photo

It’s all set for tomorrow’s opening of the city’s longest running family oriented Christmas event – the Silahis ng Pasko.

The 47th staging of the SNP which is missing the usual Children’s Mardi Gras opening, originally the kick-off event also of the city’s month long Christmas in Baguio will be launched during the celebration of the Immaculate Concepcion Day at the Shrine of the Brown Madonna in Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet.

A mass will be celebrated inside the tunnel that has been converted into a shrine with a 10-foot image of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the late Narciso Padilla, founder of the annual SNP.

But the next generation Padilla, Fritzgerald, who “inherited” the city’s oldest Christmas offering from his father, who died in March 2019, said that this year’s SNP will be streamlined but yet meaningful as it tries to benefit more families and even babies.

This will be followed with the December 17 Share a Joy where gifts will be given to the less fortunate that exemplifies what the Silahis really means, providing a ray of hope to the less fortunate.

On December 22, it will be the day for the Lucky Christmas Families will be named and be given gifts as well as cash gifts. Three families will be selected, said Padilla.

On December 25, it will be the search of the Lucky Christmas Baby and where gifts and cash gift will also be given to the baby born closest to midnight of the 25th, when Jesus Christ was supposedly born.

On December 28, the top athletes of the year and top elderlies will be honored. The Kafagway/Kordillera International Sports Luminary Awards Podium and the Tala awards will be staged to honor athletes and elderlies.

KISLAP will honor Olympians Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio as athletes of the year.

The sixth and final event will be the Lucky New Year Baby on January 1 or the baby born nearest the end of the old and new year.

Again, the month-long event is slated in coordination with the City Social Welfare Development Office.

Padilla said that all events will fall on a week day.



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