November 13, 2017 3:35 pm
Anticipation builds up as soon as the -ber months kick in because it’s that wonderful time of the year once again! Now on its 8th year, the Festival of Lights, a Christmas light show in Makati, will beguile thousands of Filipinos once more.
Around this time, the people behind the Festival of Lights in Ayala Triangle Gardens are busy finalizing the concept and design for all the enthusiasts to see.
Aside from the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the entire strip of Ayala Avenue is also adorned with gigantic displays depicting various Christmas symbols from the parols (lanterns) to candy canes.
Of course, the all too familiar Holy Family, Three Kings, angels, and sabsaban (manger) are the focal point of the festivity.
The last year’s displays are inspired by the weave patterns from various part of the Philippines. The intricately designed displays features inabel of the Ilocanos (Luzon), tikog of the Baseynons (Visayas), and ukil of the T’boli (Mindanao).
In retrospect, the Festivals of Lights near Makati CBD is one of the earliest, if not actually the earliest, Christmas light shows in Metro Manila. In fact, it inspired other light and shows in and around the metro.
More than a million LED lights are installed to create the Christmas paradise we are all dreaming of. The lights dance also the Christmas carols that fill the air to remind every one of the joys of Christmas.
As with other years, the dazzling light displays dance with carefully curated Christmas medley. A full-on breathtaking experience is thanks to the thousands of animated lights and huge haze machines to create the effect.
Acclaimed musicians and composers are behind the themes. While Voltaire de Jesus, an award-winning musical director, is in charge of the overall production.
Putting prestige as its best element, Conde Nast Traveller listed The Festival of Lights as one of the seven most spectacular lights in the world. Along with the other luminaries as Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, Kobe Luminaire in Kobe, Japan.
This year’s Festival of Lights won’t be your typical lights and sound display. Ayala Land partners with Disney to create the grandest festivity to date, bringing some holiday cheer to the ever-exuberant locals.
As one of Ayala Land’s legacy, this Christmas light show in Makati usually opens on the second week of November. It has become a second holiday tradition to some Filipino families, so expect to enjoy this vividly colorful spectacle soon.
Shows start from 6 pm to 10 pm, with 30-minute intervals. Weekends are mostly jampacked of people who want to have a glimpse of this paradise. And expect to see a more crowded audience this December 2018, kids and kids-at-heart.