It is confirmed: 10,000 sky lanterns will be released on November 16, 2011 at the Oval Plaza, General Santos City in line with the celebration of the 8th People’s Congress.
Last year, thousands of torches were lighted. It was like watching thousands of fireflies converging at the Oval Plaza. It was like a sea of flame engulfing the darkness. It was like blinking Christmas lights spread all over the area! What an enriching experience!
This year, we will be releasing thousands of lanterns which will be referred to as prayer lanterns (coined by Rev. Andres Docena, Jr. of Project Management Group) during the big event which will be participated in by 35,000 members of the Family Resource Allocation & Management Enhancement (FRAME). FRAME, a poverty alleviation program of the city, started with only 23 members in 2003 and have grown by leaps and bounds through the years.
The organizers and representatives from the City Mayor’s Office , Project Management Group, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and partner agencies gathered at the venue tonight to test the lanterns and check the safety concerns. Part of being proactive, officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police were there to witness the proceedings. We are hopeful that we will have good weather and clear skies on Wednesday so that the lantern release will be a success.
I am excited to host the event which will be directed by my dearest friend, Egai Cadiente. The big event will be a collaboration of thousands of Generals who are eager to re-imagine, reinvent and respond. My beloved husband has prepared his gears so he can take photos of the actual event. I will certainly share with you stories about this spectacular event that thousands of FRAME members and Generals will soon experience in Magandang Gensan!