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Christmas tree lighting Sunday

Valencia town in Negros Oriental, in cooperation with the Energy Development Corporation, will hold an unveiling of the Nativity Scene, Christmas tree lighting and an ecumenical offering tomorrow for survivors of super-typhoon “Yolanda”.

The triple activity will be held at the town plaza instead of the Christmas party of government employees, and to raise funds for people displaced by “Yolanda” in many parts of the Visayas on November 8.

The EDC geothermal power supplier built the Christmas tree and Nativity Scene and will donate heavy equipment to Valencia, host of the 192.5-megawatt Palinpinon geothermal power plants.

EDC vice president for Negros, Dwight Maxino, who heads the Southern Negros Geothermal Power Plant in Valencia, said this is the first time the firm will put up the Christmas tree in the town.

The original plan was to erect a bigger tree, but EDC decided to make it 20 meters by 11.5 meters high to save funds for the relief efforts in Leyte. The stars and other ornaments for the tree were made by inmates of the Negros Oriental Provincial Jail.

The signing of the memorandum of agreement and turnover ceremony for the heavy equipment will be held at the switch-on activity after the mass at the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, 6 p.m. tomorrow. Expected to attend were barangay, town and EDC officials, civic groups and sectoral representatives.*JFP

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