Christmas 2016

VIDEO | Forget the traffic: Festival of Lights makes Makati a delightful Christmas destination

It is that time of the year again when drivers and commuters alike can gaze at  the festive colors of Christmas illuminating the busy streets of the Makati Central Business District. On November 3, property developer Ayala Land kicked off the area’s holiday celebration with a ceremonial street lighting of Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, and Paseo de Roxas.

Ayala Land executives unveiled stained glass-inspired grand LED light installations depicting different iconic Christmas themes that are familiar to Filipinos.

Colorful lights bring Holiday cheers at major streets in Makati Central Business Disrict. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Colorful lights bring Holiday cheers at major streets in Makati Central Business Disrict. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Mitch Suarez, Marketing Head of Ayala Land told reporters, “Last year, we had churches as a theme. This year, we’ve been challenged na gandahan ang decor kaya naisipan namin na kumuha ng inspirasyon sa mga stained glass windows ng mga old medieval churches.”

["Last year, we had churches as a theme. This year, we’ve been challenged to elevate the decor so we thought of drawing inspiration from the stained glass windows of old medieval churches."]

From left, David Balangue, President of MACEA (Makati Commercial Estate Association); Makati Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo; Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, founding chairman Ayala group of companies; Patricia Zobel de Ayala, Honorary Consul of the Philippines to Monaco; Makati Mayor Abigail Binay; and Bobby Dy, President of Ayala Land lead the ceremonial lighting of the streets of Makati Central Business District, November 3, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

From left, David Balangue, President of MACEA (Makati Commercial Estate Association); Makati Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo; Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, founding chairman Ayala group of companies; Patricia Zobel de Ayala, Honorary Consul of the Philippines to Monaco; Makati Mayor Abigail Binay; and Bobby Dy, President of Ayala Land lead the ceremonial lighting of the streets of Makati Central Business District, November 3, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

“We have various themes. Each island will mimic a certain theme, and these themes are actually very close to all of our hearts and Christmas-related. We have the nativity scene, the Holy Family, parols, gifts, and angels,” Suarez added.

Complementing these large light displays with intricate patterns are kinetic windmills that move as the wind blows.

Stained glass-inspired light displays along Ayala Avenue. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Stained glass-inspired light displays along Ayala Avenue. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

With the aim to bring more cheer this happiest time of the year, Ayala Land is also poised to launch their much awaited lights and sounds show—the Festival of Lights at the 2,000 square-meter Ayala Triangle Gardens.

The show started November 15 and will run till January 8, 2017, with shows running every 30 minutes nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The large installations in detail. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

The large installations in detail. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

“We still have three distinct medleys with three distinct themes. It’s very exciting because these themes are different from each other. We used a lot of lasers last year, and we’re using more of these laser effects (this year). We also have newer lights so the experience is actually grander and greater,” Suarez shared to InterAksyon.

“I don’t want to divulge so much details but I can assure you that we have really curated these themes, and we feel that the themes we have chosen are very relevant. These are themes that people want to hear and see in a light show. We are very excited because we’re putting new elements, we’re putting new effects to really make this an even more immersive experience for the people,” she added.

At the Ayala Triangle Garden, its much awaited yearly lights and sounds Christmas show kicked off last November 15, 2016 and will run till January 8, 2017. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

At the Ayala Triangle Garden, its much awaited yearly lights and sounds Christmas show kicked off last November 15, 2016 and will run till January 8, 2017. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Suarez noted that Ayala Land’s light and sound show can be experienced to other estates of the real estate developer.

“We are going to be celebrating these lights and sounds show in other estates across the country. When you go to Cebu, Nuvali, BGC, you will see the amazing lights and shounds show. The intent is we are lighting up all strategic estates across the country. Wherever it is that you live in, work in, or go to, there is an estate that will celebrate Christmas the way we do it here in Makati,” she said.

“It’s actually the first and we’re very excited about that. Whatever people come to love here in Makati, we’re bringing it to other estates across the region, and we want people to experience what Ayala Christmas is all about,” she added.

Spectators watch Ayala Triangle Gardern's much awaited yearly lights and sounds Christmas show, November 15, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Spectators watch Ayala Triangle Gardern’s much awaited yearly lights and sounds Christmas show, November 15, 2016. The nightly show will run till January 8, 2017. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

World-class lights and sound show
The Festival of Lights, the main attraction of Ayala Land’s holiday celebration, is is the centerpiece of Ayala Land’s two months-long Christmas offering, consists of three distinct medleys of yuletide tunes where around a million lights twinkle according to the songs’ beats.

To make the experience even more magical, the visual spectacle is enhanced with colorful lights flashed with special effects.

 

Shiella Aguilar, Project Development Manager for Makati, noted.“This year, we’ve prepared another magnificent show that will definitely spark everyone’s merry hearts, bringing families, friends and the whole community together and remind them of the joys of Christmas,”

This six-year tradition at Ayala Triangle Gardens’ has also reached international attention as it has been included in the coveted list of Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World, alongside distinguished luminaries such as the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the holiday lights display at the legendary Champs-Elysees in Paris, and Japan’s Kobe Luminarie.

Christmas happenings
Makati residents, those who work in the area, and even tourists will enjoy more holiday events lined up by Ayala Land.

A 56-feet outdoor Christmas tree, for instance, is standing tall at Circuit Makati till January 8, 2017.

On December 9 to 11, The Gourmand Market offers gastronomic delights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Enjoy goodies from Buns Brothers, Tipple and Slaw, NAV Modern Thai, Les Bagels, Empanada Mas, Manongs Bagnet, Garapal, Olympia’s Roast Beef, Pastry Amoire, Pedro beer, Pepi Cubano, Sevilla & Son, Soap Story, Stanford and Shaw, Type A, and Snackbox.

From December 15 to 23 at 6 p.m. daily thanksgiving masses will be held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

On December 19, Globe Circuit Events Grounds is hosting the Makati Inter-High School Caroling Competition that will feature various high school chorale groups.

For more information, visit www.makeitmakati.com.

Spectators watch Ayala Triangle Gardern's much awaited yearly lights and sounds Christmas show, November 15, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Spectators watch Ayala Triangle Gardern’s much awaited yearly lights and sounds Christmas show, November 15, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Spectators of Ayala Land's Festival of Lights show have their groufie taken during the show. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Spectators at yala Land’s Festival of Lights show have their group portrait taken during the show. The nightly show will run till January 8, 2017. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

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