By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The local government of Marikina City will once again stage its annual year-end concert and fireworks display on Monday, as the city government continues with its campaign against the use of dangerous firecrackers during the New Year celebration.
Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said the yearly Community Fireworks Display and Year-End Concert targets to lessen the incidents of firecracker-related injuries and damages to properties during the New Year revelry.
“We here in Marikina want everyone to be safe and to have a fun-filled celebration of New Year that’s why we hold Fireworks Display and Year-End Concert. We celebrate this annually as a community and as a big happy family,” Teodoro said in a statement Saturday.
The country’s top bands—December Avenue, IV of Spades, and This Band—will be performing for this year’s free concert, as well as local talents in Marikina. After the performances, the much-awaited pyromusical display will cap the night, which would last for around 15-minutes long.
To accommodate the throng of visitors expected to watch the concert and fireworks display, the event will be held at the Marikina Sports Center on December 30 at 7 p.m.
Winnie Mariano, the event manager of the Fireworks Display and Year-End Concert, said that the annual New Year event began in the late 1990s as a gift to all residents of Marikina every Christmas Season.
Teodoro invited all residents of Marikina to watch the concert and fireworks display a night before the New Year’s eve, instead of using firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices to avoid injuries and fire incidents.
“This has become a tradition for Marikeños to watch the concert and fireworks display yearly. Not only residents of Marikina but also people from nearby cities such as Quezon City, Pasig City, and Rizal have come every year to watch the concert and the fireworks,” the mayor said.
For the safety and security of the public during the event, the city government advised visitors not to bring prohibited items inside the venue such as disposable bottled water, bottled soda, bottled energy drinks, liquor, caps, pointed objects, bags, vape, cigarettes, lighters, and animals.
Law enforcement units will be also deployed inside and outside the venue to ensure the safety of the public during the event.