A very Merry Christmas to all of you! I would’ve wanted to feature a really Christmas-themed sight today but since the City of San Fernando in Pampanga, the Christmas Capital of the Philippines1, still doesn’t have any high-resolution satellite imagery, I’m settling instead for the Christmas trees of Session Road in Baguio City. (Update: San Fernando got high-res imagery in 2008: see the Christmas 2008 article on Paskuhan Village.)
There are two of these trees on Session Road. One, depicted in this article’s thumbnail, is a small pine tree standing at a rotunda very near SM City Baguio and which marks the boundary between the “lower” and “upper” parts of Session Road. You can see a picture of the decorated tree in Flickr. I can’t remember if this particular tree is real or not, but I definitely remember it having its top part lopped off, making it look unnatural.
The other Christmas tree is located at the foot of the lower Session Road, right across the famous public market. This 35-meter-tall fir tree, which you can see in Flickr naked and decorated, is the official and tallest Christmas tree in this City of Pines.
Again, Merry Christmas to all of you and may you have a wonderful season!
1 San Fernando is famous for its annual Giant Lantern Festival. It was also the site of the former Paskuhan (Christmas) Village.