The Manila International Airport Authority has joined flag carrier Philippine Airlines in bringing Yuletide spirit at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by installing a pop art Christmas tree showcasing symbols identifying Manila.
“We want this Christmas tree to be a beacon of hope and goodwill that illuminates the dreams and wishes of everyone with their families this year,” said PAL president Jaime Bautista in a simple ceremony Monday night.
“This Christmas tree is meant to project a uniquely Filipino spirit, honoring the fun-loving, creative and passionate people who make our capital city such a dynamic and unforgettable place. So when citizens of faraway nations came to visit our country, they will feel and see that there’s no Christmas like a Pinoy Christmas,” he added.
MIAA general manager Eddie Monreal thanked PAL for coming up the kind of holiday decoration, which he said, every air traveler can have an opportunity for a self-portrait (selfie) and group photos as a remembrance in NAIA before leaving Manila with a spirit of joy.
PAL corporate communications head and spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna said the legacy carrier commissioned Miguel Miñana and ThemeWorks (an event firm) to give the airport terminals a different decorative twist for the holiday season.
She added that the goal of the designers is to transform the businesslike terminal spaces into the “streets of Manila,” evoking the sound and colors of the mega-city that sprawls beyond the confines of the airport.
The twenty-feet Christmas tree has pop art panel installations that rise to the ceilings of the airport lobbies. It has cut-out stands of the jeepneys, kalesas, and sorbetes (ice cream) carts. The color schemes of the two terminals evoked the Philippine flag – blue for terminal 1 and red for terminal 2.
The giant Christmas tree offers photo opportunities for selfies and group photos for arriving tourist and returning Filipino family members at Terminal 2, where the tree is mounted outdoors at both the arrival and departure lobby foyers while Christmas tree at the NAIA Terminal 1 at the check-in counters that can offer fitting pictorial remembrance before departing to distant destination.
PAL has linked hands with the MIAA to brighten the airport terminals for holiday season, reinforcing among travelers the Filipino distinctions of having the world’s longest Christmas celebration.
The airline maintains its international and domestic hub at terminal 2, the flag carrier operates six international flights out of terminal 1- to Canada and select Middle East destinations. Flights arriving from Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco are also at terminal 1.