Festival of Lights
Cities around the world dust off their decorations and join in the festive spirit in December, but few cities can match the sheer exuberance of celebrations in Manila, and in particular the Makati Central Business District, where the Christmas season officially got underway the first week of November with the ceremonial switching on of the lights.
And when we say lights, we mean LIGHTS! Approximately 1.3 million of them. Centering on the Ayala Triangle Gardens (conveniently positioned in front of the Peninsula Hotel), but continuing along the main thoroughfares of Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, and Paseo de Roxas, posts and palm trees are dripping in fairy lights and lanterns, while island sculptures support dazzling ‘heart trees’ in a riot of illumination courtesy of famed Filipina floral designer Zenas Pineda.
And in case you’re wondering, the LED lights utilise 70% less than standard lights, so they’re as good for the environment as they are pretty!
The entertainment action centres on Ayala Triangle Gardens themselves where each evening the Enchanting Lights & Sound Show by award winning lighting designer Voltaire de Jesus, complete with music from Liquid Post, Mikey Amistoso and Jazz Nicholas, takes place every 30 minutes from 6-9pm.
A feast of spectacular effects, strobes, gobos, traditional carols and blazing choreography, the 6pm show also incorporates a Thanksgiving Mass (Dec 15-23). Grab an iced latte, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!