Makati lights up for the holidays

Ceremonial street lighting ceremony ushered in Christmas along the streets of Makati City welcoming the season with a traditional street lighting ceremony—a highly anticipated affair that transforms the premiere business district into a Christmas wonderland.
As the enchanting lights were turned on, the whole stretch of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue sparkled with colorful lights that evoke the splendor of Christmas. Stained glass wrapped around palm trees and kinetic windmills dotted the street islands, converting them into Christmas landmarks featuring themes closest to people’s hearts—the Holy Family, the Three Kings, angels, Christmas parols and gifts.

MACEA President David Balangue, Makati Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, Ayala  Group of Companies founding chairman Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Honorary Consul of the Philippines to Monaco Patricia Zobel de Ayala, Makati Mayor Abigail Binya and Ayala Land President Bobby Dy led the ceremonila lighting of the streets of Makati Central Business District
These beautiful installations showcased Ayala Land’s commitment to bring the magic of Christmas to its community. Makati aims to give a distinct, exceptional look for its much-anticipated street lighting every year. This 2016, the city drew inspiration from the iconic stained glass designs of old medieval churches. The busiest streets of the metro are adorned with intricate patterns and designs of old church windows, bursting with vibrant and colorful hues—providing an instant holiday vibe, as well as the perfect backdrop for selfies.

“Christmas is indeed the most special time for Filipinos who traditionally come to Makati to take part in yuletide festivities. Each year, we aim to bring good cheer among those who work and live in Makati. By lighting up the major streets of the Makati Central Business District and bringing the Festival of Lights to Ayala Triangle Gardens, we hope to create priceless memories that will linger in the minds of people,” said Shiella Aguilar, Project Development manager of Makati.

MERRY MAKATI CHRISTMAS. Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue sparkle with festive lights and stained glass decor featuring popular Yuletide themes 
With the city bathed in the colors of Christmas, Makati also mounted the much-anticipated Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, an immersive and magical lights and sounds show. This distinctly Makati tradition, which has been cited as one of Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World, is sure to delight the whole community with its masterful blend of lights and music. Ayala Land, together with its co-presenter HSBC partner with MasterCard and Sun Life to present the Festival of Lights every 30 minutes nightly, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 8, 2017.

Christmas is not just about the food and the gifts as prayer and thanksgiving should be at the forefront of our celebration. Gather your loved ones for the daily thanksgiving masses that will be held from Dec. 15 to 23, 6 p.m. at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

At Circuit Makati, meanwhile, an amazing 56-feet outdoor Christmas tree offers an amazing, immersive experience.

Witness high school chorale groups showcase the real essence of the holidays through well-loved Christmas carols at the Makati, Inter-High School Caroling Competition on Dec. 19 at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds.

Indeed, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in Makati, as it brings families, friends and colleagues together in its memorable holiday traditions.

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Photos by Sonny Espiritu

Topics: Makati City , Christmas season , Lighting ceremony , Ayala Avenue , Paseo de Roxas , Makati Avenue , Ayala Land , Shiella Aguilar , Festival of Lights
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