Christmas traditions light up the heart of Makati

MANILA, Philippines – The extraordinary traditions of Filipinos during Christmas shine bright in the heart of Makati City.

Makati Christmas Street Lighting 2018
This year, Ayala Land, Inc. pays homage to the Philippines’ rich history and culture through installations inspired by church altars.

Ayala Land and Makati officials on Monday, November 5, led the street lighting ceremony that showed off beautiful light installations depicting the altars of the Philippines’ most iconic churches: San Sebastian in Manila; the San Miguel Archangel Parish, Cebu and Molo Church, Iloilo in Visayas; the Immaculate Conception Church of Jasaan, Northern Mindanao; and the Santuario de San Antonio of Makati.

Ayala Land, celebrating its 30th anniversary, brings back the much-awaited Makati’s holiday displays, which have become part of Pinoy's Christmas celebrations, alongside revered Christmas traditions such as the simbang gabi, family reunions, and Noche Buena.

Makati Christmas Street Lighting 2018
Makati City welcomed the Yuletide season with the traditional street lighting of the central business district. L-R: Ms. Cathy Bengzon, Head of Marketing; Mr. Manny Blas, Head of Makati Estate; Mrs. Beatriz Zobel de Ayala; Mr. Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Chairman Emeritus of Ayala Corporation; Mr. Bobby Dy, President and CEO of Ayala Land; Robert Lao, Senior Vice President of Ayala Land; Ismael Cruz, Board of Governor of Makati Commercial Estate Association

The whole stretch of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue were decorated with festive lights crafted by the masterful hands of Zenas Pineda, seasoned interior designer specializing in visual merchandising and who has been designing the street lights of Ayala Land for 7 years now.

Capiz installations are likewise wrapped around the trees that line the main street to complement the altars. To lend more color and whimsical elements to the overall design, totem poles symbolizing the 12 days of Christmas will be installed between the altars.

Feel the Christmas vibe with the dazzling lights from November 5 to January 8.

The Makati Christmas Street Lighting is a toast to Filipino traditions. It will also usher in a spectacular Christmas celebration by Ayala Land, including Reimagine the Magic: Festival of Lights, anticipated novena masses at Ayala Triangle Gardens, holiday bazaars, and a whole range of cultural events that Filipinos have come to look forward to.

— The Summit Express

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