APEC delegates passing by the Cultural Center of the Philippines at night must have surely marvelled at the multitude of lanterns lighting up Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Each measuring eight-feet in diameter, these traditional Filipino parol, as well as the 50-foot tall Christmas Tree bearing 2,000 environment-friendly LED light bulbs, have been bringing sparkle and yuletide cheer along Roxas Boulevard since they were officially lit during a grand countdown on November 13, led by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and San Fernando, Pampanga Vice Mayor Jaime Lazatin.
Besides the tree- and parol-lighting ceremony, the program featured performances by the Philippine Madrigal Singers; an excerpt of Peter Pan by Ballet Philippines; a rendition of “Christmas Recollections” by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Wind Ensemble under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera; and an excerpt from the well-loved Christmas ballet The Nutcracker by Philippine Ballet Theater dancers.
The event was a partnership of the CCP with Omni Electrical and Lighting-Yatai International Corporation, and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
The CCP is a pioneer Christmas decor displays along the Roxas Boulevard stretch of Manila and Pasay. For the past four years, the CCP has also spotlighted the beauty, craftsmanship and tradition of San Fernando parol. Moreover, the center has begun to adopt LED technology and advancements in its environmental impact mitigation advocacy minimizing its carbon footprint and electrical consumption in production and exhibi- tions programming.
The displays will run until January 3, 2016.