IN PHOTOS: Kids kick off Silahis ng Pasko festivities in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Thousands of preschoolers helped kick off the month-long Christmas celebration in this city on Friday, December 1, with a festive parade along Session Road.

The children – dressed as angels, little drummer boys, candy canes, stars, shepherds, and other Christmas-themed costumes – came from the city’s 110 day care centers to participate in Silahis ng Pasko, now  on its 44th year. They were accompanied by their parents.

“What is a better way to start the celebration of Christmas in our city than see these kids with their parents. Christmas is for children,” said Silahis ng Pasko co-chair Betty Fangasan of Office of Children Welfare Development.

Silahis ng Pasko founder Narciso "Nars" Padilla, an 87-year-old veteran journalist, was again this year's Santa Claus at the festivities. 

“This is the biggest and longest Christmas activity in the city or even the entire country which will be dedicated for our children, special people and old people,” added Padilla, a former councilor and mayor for a day.

All photos by Mauricio Victa.

DRUMBEATING. Little drummer boys join the parade. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DRUMBEATING. Little drummer boys join the parade.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LITTLE ANGELS. Angels hold hands during the parade. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LITTLE ANGELS. Angels hold hands during the parade.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

CHRISTMAS COLORS. 'Reindeer' help complete the look of a boy dressed in a Christmas vest. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

CHRISTMAS COLORS. 'Reindeer' help complete the look of a boy dressed in a Christmas vest.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LITTLE STARS. Kids in star costumes with Santa. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LITTLE STARS. Kids in star costumes with Santa.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

SHEPHERDS. Mothers guide their little shepherds along Session Road. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

SHEPHERDS. Mothers guide their little shepherds along Session Road.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

GOLDEN WINGS. More little angels join the parade. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

GOLDEN WINGS. More little angels join the parade.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

SANTA. Silahis ng Pasko founder Narciso Padilla plays Santa again. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

SANTA. Silahis ng Pasko founder Narciso Padilla plays Santa again.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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