Caraga Region in the Philippines hosts a number of natural tourist attractions considered as fantastic vacation destinations. From powdery-white sand beaches, world-class surfing waves, magnificent waterfalls, placid lakes, best island getaways… name them all and you can find it in this part of the country. However, unknown to many, there is an undertaking in the town of Carmen, Province of Agusan del Norte which just started as a local tradition to celebrate the yuletide season but turned out later into one of the most visited local attractions in the region.
It was approximately 60.8 kilometers of travel from Butuan City en route to Cagayan de Oro City when what appeared to be a Christmas theme park being swarmed by a number of people had caught my attention…
Hence, I told my driver to stop and park the vehicle on the road side and, as I went nearer the spot, I was really stunned to know that the palatial structure with dazzling Christmas lights that I saw earlier was actually the Town Hall of Carmen, Agusan del Norte . . .
The intermittent drizzle failed to stop me from dropping by and going further into the elevated theme park. . .
Along the way, these giant structures had merited my attention . . .
Only to find that a number of sight seers were also there ahead of us gazing at the amazingly impressive display of Christmas lights and I overheard one of them uttering that the spot is one of the most spectacular man-made tourist attractions he had seen in Caraga Region . . .
Bewildered at the impressive sight myself, I took a closer shot at the sprawling Town Hall building . . .
Including both of its approaches. . .
As the drizzles started to develop into full-swing rainfall, I hurriedly retreated downwards and saw a group of travelers alighting from their car to marvel and take shots at one of the tourist attractions of Carmen town…
Used to deal with pressures, my driver still managed to do this final shot for me despite the downpour. . .
The Birth of One of the Famous Tourist Attractions of the Town
A guy on the road side, who happened to be a native of the place, had never escaped my inquisitiveness. Squeezed for some basic data, I was informed that the Christmas Theme Park started when the modern Municipal Building was inaugurated in 2009 and turned since then into an annual tradition, wherein locals and visitors alike were entertained with an array of blazing Christmas lights starting from December 1 up to January 6 of the following year. No wonder, the place has become a favorite stop-over and one of the popular tourist attractions in this part of the Philippines during the Yuletide Season.