Category Archives: Christmas

Spectacular Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

Makati has captivated people with its signature twinkling lights and collection of music during the spectacular Festival of Lights (FOL) show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the only one of its kind in the Philippines.  The FOL will run daily starting on November 15 until January 8 next year from 6 PM to 10 PM.  The three-themed–Christmas Fiesta, Classic and Epic Christmas, and Sweet and Magical Christmas–lights and sound show will play every 30 minutes.   Also, the FOL has made it to the coveted list of Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World in the company of distinguished luminaries such as Denmark’s Tivoli Gardens, Paris’ legendary Champs-Elysees, and Japan’s Kobe Luminarie.

The Festival of Lights, Ayala Land’s two-month long Christmas spectacle, transforms the Ayala Triangle Gardens into a magical paradise on the night of November 15

This year, Ayala Land will bring the much-awaited light and sounds show at Nuvali Santa Rosa, Laguna, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, and Ayala Center Cebu in an effort to spread the Christmas vibes and bring holiday cheer to  various communities.

Other activities to look forward to this holiday season are (1) Circuit Makati lights its 56-foot outdoor Christmas tree; (2) holiday shopping extravaganza featuring 500 merchants at the Globe Events Grounds on November 18 to 20; (3) Gourmand Market at the Ayala Triangle Gardens on December 9 to 11; (4) performances of the Makati high school chorale groups at the Makati Inter-High School Caroling Competition with Globe Circuit Event Grounds as venue of said event; and, (5) thanksgiving masses on December 15 to 23 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Fountain area at 6 PM.

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Christmas is in the Air, 22 Nov. 2008

That’s right! Christmas is fast coming. It is just around the corner. Christmas carols were heard on radio stations when the first ber month hit the calendar. Only in the Philippines, I guess. And there’s a lot of things to do. Get the tree and lights up, buy presents and who knows what else. Santa must be very busy, too, checking his list twice.

The night before the UNICEF run, I decided to go out with a couple of friends, my choirmates at Greenbelt church, to have dinner and just relax. The nearest mall where we could visit was the Power Plant Mall at Rockwell. As we were walking towards the mall’s entrance, in our delight, we saw a well-lighted and very tall Christmas tree.

Then, when we entered the mall, we saw this big Santa. Woohoo! We were acting like children again. Another click and this was the picture of me clinging to Santa’s arm.

You better watch out, you better not cry … Santa Claus is coming to town

Farther and in another corner, we saw a unique display of polar bears, foxes, and penguins. Hey, they moved mechanically! Of course, good only for viewing but a big NO for touching. The guards, at least, allowed us to take pictures.

After this shot was taken, I realized that I couldn’t do this pose–I shudder at the thought–if they were alive.

This, I learned after my research on the Net, “A polar bear is a bear native to the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding seas. It is the world’s largest predator found on land, an adult male weighs around 400–680 kg while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. As it can hunt consistently only from sea ice, the polar bear spends much of the year on the frozen sea, although most polar bears are born on land. The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with five of the 19 polar bear subpopulations in decline.”–taken from Wikipedia

My choirmates and friends, Christian and Decee

The polar bear standing tall

Not an endorser of this bookstore … hhmm may be the librarian in me?