DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown welcomed 2017 by blowing horns (torotot) instead of lighting firecrackers, as they continued to observe a pyrotechnics ban that he started 15 years ago to prevent injuries.
Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, led a torotot-making and hip-hop dance contest, which had a top prize of P50,000 each.
"I ordered all police in the Philippines to supervise so that no one shall ever use firecrackers anymore. And I hoped what we do here in Davao will be adapted to the whole Philippines," Dela Rosa said in local dialect.
Event organizer Arnold Delossa said the festival aims to promote "the advocacy of zero casualty, no firecrackers and of course anti-smoking."
Around 5,000 to 10,000 revelers joined the festival, he added.