Iloilo City’s holiday festivities were heralded this year with its streets adorned and lit up by over 1,500 Parols or Christmas lanterns that were hand-made by inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Iloilo City District Jail.
The holiday star lanterns were presented in the city government’s Christmas ID video released on November 16, the same day the Parols were lit simultaneously for the first time.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas revealed that there are two purposes for having inmates of BJMP create the Christmas lanterns – to give them income and make them feel a sense of community.
“They will feel that even if they are still there, part sila sang aton society,” the city mayor shared.
The Parol-making project was a partnership between government and private groups and individuals led by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Iloilo chapter and the Zonta Club of Iloilo City who paid Php1,500 for each parol in exchange for their name, brand, or logo appearing on the lantern.
“This project sends a message of inclusivity and strong partnership among us all Ilonggos. And that there can be unity in diversity if we have love for our city, aafter allwe are the city of love. Here in Iloilo City, as we level up, no one is left behind!” added Mayor Treñas.
Iloilo City, home to the world-famous Dinagyang Festival, has been named as the recipient of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award, a badge that recommends the city in Western Visayas as a tourist destination for global travelers.
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