LOOK: Tangub City features Christmas around the world

Why spend thousands to tour the world when you can enjoy the same vibe through this 25-year tradition in this city in Misamis Occidental?

EstudyanTRIP and Bong Santisteban

5:34:46am December 24, 2017

11:58:47am December 25, 2017

STUNNING. Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris is undeniably the most stunning among other landmarks.

STUNNING. Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris is undeniably the most stunning among other landmarks.

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – Glittering temples, shimmering cathedrals, twinkling replicas of famous landmarks from all around the world – they came together to coat Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, for the holidays.

Celebrating 25 years of the Christmas Symbol Festival, Tangub City is known for its creative and imaginative minds by recreating famous sights around the world.

Because of this, the Department of Tourism (DOT) named Tangub City as the Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines in 2007. (See also photos of Christmas lights and displays at Manila's hotels.)

Here are some photos taken by Rappler's Pagadian City Movers and MovePH's Bong Santisteban. 

MIRROR IMAGE. This 3-story Tangubanon version of Garden Fountain at Isola Bella of Italy features amazing light combinations.

MIRROR IMAGE. This 3-story Tangubanon version of Garden Fountain at Isola Bella of Italy features amazing light combinations.

PERFECTLY BUILT. The Notre Dame of Paris showcases Eurocentric design, with detailed sculpture works made from styrofoam.

PERFECTLY BUILT. The Notre Dame of Paris showcases Eurocentric design, with detailed sculpture works made from styrofoam.

TRICK OF LIGHT. This European attraction made from scratch medical apparatuses – Luminarie Cagna – gives visitors a feel of Italy.

TRICK OF LIGHT. This European attraction made from scratch medical apparatuses – Luminarie Cagna – gives visitors a feel of Italy.

ASIAN TOUCH. Every Korean drama lovers will appreciate this replica of Hwaseong Fortress of South Korea, made using recyclable materials and table mantles.

ASIAN TOUCH. Every Korean drama lovers will appreciate this replica of Hwaseong Fortress of South Korea, made using recyclable materials and table mantles.

VIBRANT SPIRIT. The finely-crafted temple of Wat That Luang Neua depicts a mix of Buddhism and Christianity within its walls.

VIBRANT SPIRIT. The finely-crafted temple of Wat That Luang Neua depicts a mix of Buddhism and Christianity within its walls.

VIVID. The radiant Motisons Tower doesn’t fail to amaze tourists.

VIVID. The radiant Motisons Tower doesn’t fail to amaze tourists.

BUSINESS. The Christmas Symbol Festival in Tangub is not only for tourists, but for locals as well. Residents earn by selling food and goods around the plaza.

BUSINESS. The Christmas Symbol Festival in Tangub is not only for tourists, but for locals as well. Residents earn by selling food and goods around the plaza.

PROMISING. A trip to the Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines is like a trip around the world – with a Filipino twist.

PROMISING. A trip to the Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines is like a trip around the world – with a Filipino twist.

– Rappler.com

EstudyanTRIP is a group of young campus journalists who are also Rappler's Movers in Pagadian City. Among its members are Carl Don S. Berwin, Jel Jerusalem, Prince Lloyd Besorio, Shanne Almazan, and Ernest Bryan Babano. Travelling and video blogging is their way of showcasing the beauty of Mindanao. 

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