Tabaco City’s ‘Santa House’ spreads Christmas joy, love

Published December 1, 2018, 5:08 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Niño Luces

TABACO CITY, Albay – A family residence adorned with thousands of dazzling Christmas lights, lanterns, Santa Claus-themed and other decorations, knonw in the neighborhood in this city as ‘Santa House’ has opened its doors to the public to share the joyous Christmas vibe.


Located in Purok 2, Barangay Baranghawon, Tabaco City, the house owned by Teresita Bongalon started welcoming visitor since Thursday night, after the decorations was completed last November 28.

According to ‘Mommy Tere’, her family started the tradition years before, but unlike before, they now have to accomodate hundreds of visitors keen on taking snapshots and selfies with the myriad attractive Christmas decorations.

The Bongalons have since sought the assistance of barangay tanods for them to help in crowd control and security.

“Last year 100 plus yung images ng Santa Clasu na naka display sa palibot ng bahay, sa ngayon dinagdagan pa namin up to 200 plus. Hiningi na namin ang tulong ng barangay tanods para maging maayos at safe naman yung mga bumibisita dito sa aming bahay,” Mommy Tere said.

“At least nakakapagbigay tayo ng saya sa kanila, at saka madama naman din nila yung spirit ng Christmas. Minsan kasi yung iba di naman nakakapag-tiyaga mag-decorate ng kanilang mga bahay, so at least makapag-bigay saya tayo sa kanila (At least we can share some joy wioth them and that they also get to feel the Christmas spirit. Some may not have the time to decorate their homes this Christmas, so through this, we can share the some joy),” she said.

The Bongalons, who operate a bakeshop and UV Express business, admitted that it is costly to maintain the Christnmas display, largely due to electricity bills, but she stressed that the ghapppiness i brings tyo the community and visitors is soemthing money cannot buy.
“Last year, umabot sa P20,000 plus yung monthly bill namin sa kuryente from P8,000.00. Bukas ang aming bahay para sa publiko everyday from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., and lahat ng miyembro ng pamilya, pagod lahat yan bago matulog. Marinig mo lang sa mga bisita na na-appreciate nila yung aming ginawa, masayang masaya na kami. ( Last year our monthly electric bill shot up to P20,000 from P8,000. Our house is open to the public from 10p.m. and all family members are tred entertaining vistors. But to see and hear them appreciate our efforts is enough reward, It makes us happy too). If you give 10 percent of what you have, you will never have less, she pointed out.

Mommy Tere narrated that she and her husband originally planned to put up the Christmasd display to entertain their grandchildren, but leate relaized that it would be more fun to share the fun with the public.
“Sa December 25, we have a scheduled gift giving para sa mga bata. At least we wanted kids na pupunta dito, to more merry nganyong pasko,” she added.