Bright, bright Christmas lights

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Various malls, establishments and hotels have truly brightened up the season, each with their own take on the ultimate holiday icon, the Christmas tree. The Manila Times has gone on its annual yuletide rounds to see the bright, bright lights of Christmas as captured in the spread below.

One of the Megaworld’s Lifestyle Malls, Lucky Chinatown celebrates peace through its Panda-inspired holidays. Partnered with World Wide Fund for Nature–Philippines (WWF), making the campaign meaningful by pushing noble causes fit for the festive celebration. Represented by its very own mascot Pao Pao with WWF’s very-own Chi-Chi, wishes to inculcate in everyone the joyous momentum of spreading holiday cheers which can be felt and seen through the Panda Centerpiece at the Atrium. To make the season more meaningful by giving back earthly blessings, Lucky Chinatown and WWF came up with the “Adopt-a-Panda” campaign. The limited-edition panda stuffed toy also comes with a WWF pin, and an official adoption certificate. All proceeds will go to WWF efforts in conserving and protecting our natural habitat.

@ Lucky Chinatown
One of the Megaworld’s Lifestyle Malls, Lucky Chinatown celebrates peace through its Panda-inspired holidays. Partnered with World Wide Fund for Nature–Philippines (WWF), making the campaign meaningful by pushing noble causes fit for the festive celebration. Represented by its very own mascot Pao Pao with WWF’s very-own Chi-Chi, wishes to inculcate in everyone the joyous momentum of spreading holiday cheers which can be felt and seen through the Panda Centerpiece at the Atrium. To make the season more meaningful by giving back earthly blessings, Lucky Chinatown and WWF came up with the “Adopt-a-Panda” campaign. The limited-edition panda stuffed toy also comes with a WWF pin, and an official adoption certificate. All proceeds will go to WWF efforts in conserving and protecting our natural habitat.

@ Circuit Makati
Circuit Makati officially welcomes Christmas by lighting up the magnificent, fully immersive, 56-foot tall Christmas tree which towers majestically over the city’s most upbeat lifestyle and entertainment destination. Illuminating the skyline with a burst of bright color, the Christmas tree’s lighting also coincides with the opening of the biggest and hippest Christmas bazaar, Pop Up Town, which is taking place at two locations this year – Circuit Makati and Arca South.

@Century City Mall
This year, Century City Mall makes the holiday season more colorful and sqwwet with “Sweet Treats.” From the entrance and hallways up to the alfresco areas of the mall, pink Christmas decors reminiscent of those special candy treats for children and deck the halls and serve as a feast for the eyes of shoppers and guests. Catch Santa Claus every weekend until December 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., as he goes to the mall to give sweet treats to kids.

@Discovery Suites
Discovery Suites Manila holds its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on November 22 to usher in the holiday season. This year however, in lieu of its CSR initiative, Discovery Suites together with Ride Revolution makes use of the trending workout bikes to light up its Christmas tree, symbolizing the recent “Ride to Make Waves for Water” activity.

The lighting of the tree marks the start of the holiday season. The hotel also launches its Dainty Holiday Delights— pastries, sauces, and beverages that guests may purchase to take home or give as gifts. Guests may purchase these goodies from the Little Sweet Discoveries pop-up shop at the hotel lobby.

@Nuvali
Visitors to the fastest growth center in Southern Luzon, Ayala Land’s largest eco-community estate Nuvali, can now immerse themselves amidst a field of over 5,000 LED bulbs that light up like an enchanted field of tulips dancing to jubilant hymns until January 8, 2018. The nightly show from 6 to 10 p.m. is open to all guests and can be viewed at the Nuvali football field also known as The Fields, right beside its retail complex Ayala Malls Solenad. Dubbed the “Magical Field of Lights”, the first ever lights and sounds show to light up a whole outdoor field winning a Silver Stevie award for best exhibition display, is the sequel to last year’s maiden launch upgraded with colorful light spheres scattered all over the fields as well as featuring the people’s favorite, the 50-meter light tunnel, festive LED Christmas trees, and dandelion light installations.

@ Ayala Malls
Spreading the magic of Christmas, Ayala Land Inc. is bringing the first ever Vertis Northern Lights, an enchanting Christmas fete patterned after Makati’s Festival of Lights, to northern Metro Manila this holiday season right in the heart of Quezon City. A dazzling light and sound display never before seen in this part of the city, will usher in the Christmas season. A giant Cathedral exquisitely covered with thousands of lights, comes ablaze at the Vertis North grounds, transforming it into a magical wonderland that brings to life the wonders of Christmas. The design was beautifully executed by renowned designer Zenas Pineda, and the Cathedral by award-winning Voltaire de Jesus.

@ The Cultural Center of the Philippines
Called “Habi ng Pagkakaisa: Weaving the Multi-Cultural Filipino Together,” the winning entry in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Christmas tree design contest have patterns inspired by various weaving traditions of indigenous peoples such as the Kalinga in Luzon, the Bagtason of the Visayas, and the T’boli, Mandaya and Bagobo of Mindanao. Designers Rochelle Ong and Louie Suizo of WTA Architecture and Design Studio said their design aims to empower the weaving industry of the Philippines, which is deeply rooted in the country’s rich culture as it is the same for all Asean countries. It also represents the hope of Filipino people to shine a light into the world. AC/PHOTO BY RUSSEL PALMA

@ Araneta Center
Since 1981, the start of Paskong Pinoy has been symbolized by the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at the Araneta Center. For this year, the 100-foot Christmas tree became a delightful sight for mallgoers and promenaders around the Cubao area. Traditionally located near the Araneta Coliseum, this year the tree was moved to a bigger and better location at the Times Square Food Park on Times Square corner Roxas Avenues near the Araneta Bus Station and behind Shopwise. The lighting ceremony was graced by Kapamilya stars Vice Ganda, Erik Santos, Alex Gonzaga, BoybandPH, Kisses Delavin, “The Voice Kids” winners, Stella Marquez-Araneta, Judy Roxas-Araneta and Binibining Pilpinas queens Nelda Ibe and Elizabeth Clenci. Up Darma Down entertained the crowd after the ceremony.
TEXT AND PHOTO BY ARLO CUSTODIO

@ City of Dreams
City of Dreams Manila officially kicked-off Yuletide festivities with the lighting of a 32-foot Christmas tree as the main highlight of its European-themed décor replete with two towering 22-foot nutcrackers, life-size Santa’s log cabin and sleigh at the main entrance. Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and his wife Janet, Parañaque First District Congressman Eric Olivarez, Belle Corporation Vice Chair Willy Ocier and City of Dreams Manila Property President Geoff Andres spearheaded the lighting ceremony and were joined by celebrity Karylle and Miss Earth Philippines 2017’s: Miss Eco-Tourism Vanessa Mae Castillo and Miss Fire Nelza Bautista.

@ Pan Pacific Manila
The first and finest Butler hotel in the Philippines marked the start of the Yuletide season at the Pan Pacific Manila Lobby with its annual tree lighting ceremony attended by guests, clients, partners, and key media personalities (from left) Juvy Agudon, director of Sales and Marketing; Michelle Lascano, director of Revenue; Edna Al Sharhan, director of Human Capital; Zenddie Delos Reyes, director of Finance; Councilor Erick Valbuena, 5th District City of Manila; Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, City of Manila; and Richard Masselin, Pan Pacific Manila general manager. The décor at the lobby with its 12-feet tall Christmas tree as the main attraction was inspired by this year’s theme “A Touch of Pacific Christmas.”

@Waterfront Hotels and Casinos
The warmth and joy of Yuletide find sublime expression in the holiday dinners that gather family and friends together. It is this kinship that inspired the culinary artists of the Waterfront Hotels & Casinos to create the scrumptious holiday feasts for Christmas and New Year. The flavors of merrymaking can be savored at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Lahug while the glittering magic of the holidays comes alive at the iconic Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino in the heart of Manila. Meanwhile, Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino in Mactan presents the traditional treats of Yuletide in a Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24 and Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner on December 25 while the warmth and comfort of southern hospitality is the hallmark of Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao.

@Sofitel Philippine Plaza
SOFITEL Philippine Plaza Manila marks the beginning of the Christmas season with the lighting a 30-foot Christmas tree with the theme, ‘’A Christmas melody.’’ The magical lights lit up together with a symphony of rich gastronomic offerings, enchanting installations, melodic animations featuring a chorus of French elegance and Filipino creativity. A musical performance of popular Christmas tunes were rendered by Sofitel Ambassadors Tanguy Gras and Dave Pimentel using water filled glasses. The angelic voices of the Virlanie Children’s Choir serenaded the guests here with the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Executive Committee: Director of Finance Shirley Sinlao, General Manager Adam Laker, Director of Sales and Marketing Assia Daourova, Director of F&B Bilal Shafiq, Director of Engineering Andy Martinez and Director of Talent and Culture Marian Barnes.

@ The Peninsula Manila
The annual Christmas Concert at The Pen is perhaps one of the most enduring holiday traditions in Metro Manila. The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila, an elegant meeting place and a social destination to see and be seen, is transformed into a grand concert hall – and this year on Saturday, December 10, with the music striking up at 5 pm. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under guest conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbieri (who will be flying in from Italy especially for this concert) will lead the way with special guest soloist Original Pilipino Music (OPM) legend Celeste Legaspi, tenor Lemuel de la Cruz, soprano Jade Riccio and the University of Santo Tomas Singers serenading guests with classical and holiday-themed music.

@ Hotel Jen Manila
Deck the halls with boughs of fun. Hotel Jen Manila leaves boring behind as it welcomes the Yuletide season with the best staycation deals, hearty feasts, Christmas goodies and a spectacular countdown party by the bay. Book a room for that much-awaited homecoming with their Holiday Rush Room Promo. Stay from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 (except December 31, 2017), and get the best rates for all your staycation plans this holiday. It’s all-day dining restaurant Latitude will be offering the Christmas Flavors starting December 1.

COMPILED BY LEA MANTO-BELTRAN


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