For decades, switching on the Christmas lights along Ayala Avenue in Makati has signaled the beginning of the festive holiday season. The entire stretch, illuminated by beautiful ornaments and installations that highlight Filipino craftsmanship and tradition, has captivated both local residents and visitors.
The tradition continues this years as the famed destination lights up for Christmas 2019.
“This event has always been one of the things many Filipino families look forward to every year,” Cathy Bengzon said in a statement shared with The Manila Times.
“Ayala Land is honored to be part of this tradition. It’s our way of bringing cheer to the community, and sending a positive message to everyone,” the executive added.
This year’s design features Christmas trees and angel wings — elements that are more than just pretty displays that mark the holiday merriment and festive celebrations.
“The trees have always been a symbol of life and light, and we wanted to use these elements to impart a message of hope and strength to everyone. It’s always a joy to be able to share a meaningful Christmas with every Filipino family through our installations,” Bengzon informed.
Paying homage to earlier Christmas decors in Ayala Avenue which highlighted Filipino artistry, this year’s theme, designed by event stylist and interior designer Zenas Pineda, features bronze-colored, cone-shaped Christmas trees with intricate patterns reminiscent of the decors that lined and lit up the city’s lamp posts decades ago.
Moreover, local materials and products are promoted through details and decors that showcase abanico-shaped installations and Capiz chandeliers, as well as solihiya and adarna feather patterns, which all signify the rich heritage of Filipinos.
The Ayala Avenue Street Lighting is part of the Gallery of Lights, which is a roster of light and art installations in the city that paves the way for a dynamic Christmas celebration by Ayala Land. The Gallery of Lights includes the annual Festival of Lights, giant lanterns, and 3D video mapping which was launched on November 12 at Ayala Triangle Gardens.
Meanwhile, there will also be holiday bazaars like the Circuit Holiday Night Market on November 15 to 17 at Circuit Makati which will showcase homegrown and Filipino items, and the Makati Street Meet on the November 17, December 1, and December 15 — a Sunday food bazaar with good food, music, and fun activities, anticipated Simbang Gabi on December 15 to 23 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, and a whole range of activities to forward to.