Christmas lanterns to adorn major Asean Summit routes

Local governments in Metro Cebu will be putting up native Christmas lanterns or "parols" on major streets as part of preparations for the coming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit. The Philippine Information Agency 7 reported that businesses and households in Cebu City have been asked to beautify their surroundings and put up Christmas decors and lights. The move is meant to highlight to visitors the Christmas tradition in the Philippines, a country reputed to have the longest Yuletide celebration worldwide. Ambassador Marciano Paynor, secretary general of the summitís organizing committee, urged Cebu to capitalize on the Christmas atmosphere during the hosting of the event and showcase to delegates and international media the traditional Filipino Christmas. Both the neighboring cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are also scheduled to put up native lanterns on its streets, especially on main roads leading to summit venues.