Freedom Park turns into month-long ‘Kasadya’ hub



MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 16 December)— It’s Christmastime again and as what was done last year, the Freedom Park was turned into a month-long night café.

Families, fun seekers and TGIF’s barkada can now enjoy the nights at the Barangay 4 Freedom Park, with a showcase of booths and local artists from Malaybalay and neighboring cities such as Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

There are Acoustic Nights on Sundays, City Band jamming on Tuesdays and Malaybalay local bands on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Davao and Cagayan de Oro bands will also perform on Friday Night Party and Saturday Fever, respectively.

Twenty-six booths were rented by restaurants and hang-outs such as Quadra, Monching, Centro Folk, and Mindy’s. Groups such as Frisbee (PasaPlato booth) and MADZ, an organization of homosexuals in Malaybalay, also sell foods. Each booth costs Php 6,000, operational for the month-long celebration.

Renters can sell any food except drinks. The foods available include barbecues, siomai, chicken neck, sisig, peanuts eggs, crackers and junk foods.

The hard drinks are exclusively by San Miguel products while the soft drinks are exclusively from Coca-Cola Philippines. The two companies were the primary sponsors of the activity along with Club Andromina, dxBU 104.5 FM, Globe Telecom and Folder Options Computer Services.

There are also special activities such as Inter-School Christmas Modern Dance Contest last December 7 and Children Magical Show on December 14.

Other activities include Life Disco with the Andromina’s DJ on December 17 and Christmas Caroling Contest on December 21. Aside from the shows, free WiFi is also offered in the whole park, courtesy of Globe Telecom.

John Kevin Muring, an HRM student from Bukidnon State University, said he enjoyed the Kasadya.

“This is the only place and season in Malaybalay where friends can go in one place and get all the fun they want. Plus there is a live band and you can see many people having fun, too,” Muring said.

The activity, which started in December 1, is organized by the local government of Malaybalay City. (Iyren Dalipe/Bukidnon News)

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