Diplomatic corps members visit "Belenismo sa Tarlac"
December 1, 2011 10:27 pm
TARLAC CITY, Dec. 1 –Members of the diplomatic corps have recently visited this province to personally see and witness one of the province’s tourist attractions during Yuletide season — the “Belenismo sa Tarlac.
Twelve ambassadors, together with their families and some embassy staff were awed with the beautiful portrayal of the Baby Jesus in a manger with St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the annual province-wide competition which aims to showcase the artistic, social and religious significance of the Belen, the symbol of Christ’s birth.
They first visited the Museo de Tarlac where 50 diorama size of Belens made by high school students here are on display.
Isabel Cojuangco Suntay, who is at the forefront of the effort through the Tarlac Heritage Foundation, explained to the distinguished guests the project that established the province as the Belen capital of the country.
Wives of the ambassadors were so amazed with the artistic works of the students by saying “ their (students) interpretation of what transpired during those times in Bethlehem was really extra-ordinary.”
They summed it up in one word their appreciation to the dioramas as “fantastic.”
The other members of the group were so happy to see "Ken" in the Barbie Dolls collection acting as Joseph in one of the diorama displays.
The special visitors also toured the grand monumental/municipal size Belen in this city and in the towns of Moncada, Anao and Pura on board an air-conditioned bus.
While on their way to the Pura town, they passed by a Belen that was placed at the top of mango tree.
At the town proper, they were welcomed with the singing and dancing of high school students.
Pura mayor Concepcion Zarate personally welcomed the visitors and handed them some tokens like some vegetables and fruits placed in small baskets.
The group’s next destination is the Belen presented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Tarlac City.
As the visitors were treated with Philippine folk dances they were awed with the design of the police Belen where the manger is shaped like a police cap adorned with Christmas lights.
The PNP Belen is already a Hall of Famer for winning three consecutive grand prizes.
This year’s winners will be officially announced on Dec. 3, 2011 at the Lapus Sports Complex in Concepcion town, home of the father of the Philippine president Benigno Aquino III.
The President is expected to attend the awarding nights as the guest of honor and speaker in this annual Belenismo-The Art of Making Belen. (PNA) RMA/LOR/zst/HT/ps