The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Makati with the Ayala Avenue Christmas Decorations already lit and the anticipated Festival of Lights Show scheduled to be made available to your gadgets so you can watch with your loved ones in the safety and comfort of your homes.
The Makati Central Business District officially welcomed the holiday season this year as Ayala Land held a Lighting Ceremony of the Christmas decorations at Ayala Avenue on November 3, 2021.
The 2-km stretch of Ayala Avenue features palm trees adorned with Capiz and string lights highlighted by a centerpiece that showcases Filipino parols, combining elements of the Kapampangan parol and cathedral stained-glass windows.
Designed by one of the most sought-after event stylists, Zenas Pineda, the installations are reminiscent of valued Filipino traditions as symbolized by the glimmering parol. It also highlights faith and optimism by incorporating patterns of stained glass windows commonly seen in local cathedrals.
Furthermore, sustainability plays a big part in this year’s display; in fact, most of the materials that were used are recycled. This includes the elegant capiz chandeliers that have been present in the annual display from previous years.
Up next is the Festival of Lights: Virtual Edition 2021 presented in partnership with Globe Studios to celebrate the true essence of Christmas safely from your home and with loved ones with a spectacular 360-degree lights animation of Ayala Triangle Gardens, complemented with a gleeful song medley composed by Philippine music icon, Jose Mari Chan.
When the pandemic hit the Philippines in 2020, the Festival of Lights held its first-ever virtual event via Facebook and YouTube. Typically held at Ayala Triangle Gardens, the venue was recreated and designed within the digital space to present a 360-degree animation, fueled with an exciting orchestration of laser lights, string lights, meteor lights, holograms, and helix lights dancing to modernized renditions of traditional songs.
For over 6 decades now, the beloved tradition of Christmas decorations in Ayala continues to spark hope and cheer among Filipinos all over the country.
“More than ever I think it is important to continue to look forward and have faith that there will be brighter days ahead. Although the effects of the pandemic in the economy are more evident this year, the bayanihan spirit carries us through,” shares Ayala Land Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.
“Christmas is a time for hope, and many consider the lighting of the decorations at Ayala Avenue to be synonymous with the beginning of the Christmas season. It is a familiar and well-loved tradition that has brought joy to Filipinos for decades. More than just ornaments, these lights symbolize brighter days to come.”
Chrissy Roa, Marketing and Communications Head of Ayala Land Estates shares, “We keep the annual tradition of displaying and lighting up Christmas decors along Ayala Avenue, to bring joy to Filipinos during the Christmas season. Especially this year, these lighted decors symbolize a spark of hope and sense of optimism toward brighter days ahead.”
To watch the Festival of Lights this year, visit www.makeitmakati.com and follow MakeItMakati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
WATCH the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Decorations on Ayala Avenue and other Ayala Land properties here and come back to catch the updates on the virtual edition coming soon!
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