Rizal Park, one of the major landmarks of the Philippines, will be hosting its first ever New Year's countdown this coming December 31st as part of its image upgrade.
The countdown will begin at 9:00 pm at the newly constructed Musical Dancing Fountain located in the park's Central Lagoon. Alongside with the fireworks display that will happen at midnight, there will also be a free concert, all-night dance party and a bazaar. TV personality Leila Chikadora will be hosting the said event, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.
"This is free and will definitely give joy to those that take part in it," according to Juliet Villegas, executive director of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).
The event is also meant to provide Filipinos an alternative this New Year in an attempt to discourage them from buying and playing with firecrackers and other kinds of fireworks as they greet the coming year, which often result to hundreds of people being injured or killed as a result.
In lieu of the anticipated number of people that will be heading to the park come December 31, Villegas appealed that families bring their own garbage bags and dispose of their trash properly in order to maintain the park's cleanliness. It was reported that about two tons to garbage were left scattered by families visiting the park to celebrate Christmas.