Baguio City Christmas Tree to be created out of ‘scrap materials’

BAGUIO CITY – Architect Homer Soriano of the City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) on Friday, said lighting of the Baguio City Christmas Tree is scheduled on December 1, which is proposed to be made out of recyclable materials.

The CBAO entered into a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the design of the 2016 Christmas Tree to be installed at the top of Session Road.

Soriano said CBAO tapped Architect Aristotle Go and together came up with a design from old household equipment like stoves, washing machines, pipes, scrap steel, metal, used tires and similar appliances and items which were junked.

Soriano added that the 2016 budget for the Christmas Tree is between PHP400,000 and PHP500,000 but with the use of the “scrap” materials, the budget may even go lower.

Earlier, CBAO head Engineer Nazita Banez called on the public to participate in the creation of the Christmas Tree project by donating household scraps.

Soriano said donations may be brought to the CBAO office or call 442-2503 for pick-up if the donation will be in bulk.

Soriano added that the office will accept donations until about the second week of November to be able to complete the Christmas Tree for the December 1 lighting which will open the annual programs including Christmas in Baguio and the City of Lights.

The recycled concept was hatched to help the city save on Christmas decoration costs which according to Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan may only cost PHP1.6 million to decorate the whole Central Business District (CBD).

The use of recycled materials is also in support of the city’s cleanliness and waste management programs. Jojo Lamaria/