SANTA ANA, Cagayan—Some 7,271 children of indigenous families received school supplies from the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in its yearly Christmas treat for 16 barangays here.
The government-owned firm in the northernmost tip of Luzon island, about 620 kilometers north of Manila, conducted its annual Christmas treat this time through Eastern Hawaii Leisure Company Limited, giving school materials in 22 elementary and secondary public schools.
Dubbed “Pamaskong Handog,” a monthlong gift giving and amusement program, Ceza officials said it has become a tradition of sharing the message of Christmas to those who have less in life, and who recently suffered the onslaught of Super Typhoon “Lawin.”
Joyce Jayme-Calimag, Ceza public relations chief, said the treat includes activities to honor and amuse indigent children with gift giving, shows and parlor games.
“We have guest clown magicians who performed magic tricks and a bubble show, while mascots of fastfood restaurants staged dance numbers,” Calimag said.
A Ceza “Santa Claus” also gave out gifts, bringing smiles to the children of the barangays. Brenda Jocson
CEZA, which resides in Santa Ana town and oversees the islands of Fuga, Barit, and Mabbag in Aparri town, is a place for locators in the eco-tourism and leisure industries, business process outsourcing, agri-industry, shipping and transshipment industries.
CEZA is mandated to manage and supervise the development of the 54,118-hectare Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport.
Inside the CEZA grounds, one can go on a backpacking eco-adventure and indulge in luxurious resort amenities along its beaches, which were used as filming locations for the “Survivor” reality television show and for the international kiteboarding, wind surfing and beach volleyball competitions.