In the past, the annual flame tree celebration was usually set in May. This year, its organizers couldn’t resist the blooming season of April and went against tradition.
For its participants and loyal spectators, the celebration is defined following the colorful transformation of trees lining up at the American Memorial Park. It signifies a celebration where people from all over flock to present their ware while music is abundant.
Stopping by at Joan Kani’s booth, canvases of local colors were mounted. Just a stone’s throw away, the Kaipat’s prepared photo essays of life at the Northern Island. While former DPS spokesperson J. Castro offered an array of local delicacies.
For 18 summers, the flame tree festival is a celebration of warmth camaraderie and a presentation of cultural richness. It has become an annual event where people do look forward to and prepare for.
It offers a venue to gather the local community, stateside people and non-residents alike with kindred spirit. In the past, the local community took this occasion to showcase arts and crafts. Today, people from other culture are joining in to present colors from the world over. (S. Amor)