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Festival of Lights 2023 launched at Ayala Triangle

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New attractions
unveiled in 15-year
Christmas tradition

In my heart is a Christmas tree farm, where the people would come to dance under sparkling lights.”— Taylor Swift, “Christmas Tree Farm”

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City­

And so we know the Christmas season is in full swing when the Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights was recently launched to welcome the holiday rush. 

The Makati Christmas tradition returned for its 15th year last Tuesday with the theme “Christmas Nights with Countless Lights.” 

Spectacle of lights and sounds

The festival features three main attractions, including the traditional light show “Kaleidoscope of Sight, Sound, and Light” directed by Ohm David. It utilizes advanced “mappable LED lights” and interactive floor projections, creating stunning illusions of light and color.

Paskong Pinoy with the Zobels. From left are: Misha Quimpo, project development manager for Makati, Ayala Land Estates; Alex Jamisola, senior marketing associate for Makati; Mel Ignacio, senior estate head of Makati; Robert Lao, senior vice president and group head; Beltran Padilla; Alejandro Zobel Padilla; Sofia Zobel Elizalde; Hon. Abby Binay, mayor of Makati; Jaime Alfonso Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corp. business development and digital innovations head; Margarita Zobel de Ayala; Mariana Zobel de Ayala, senior vice president and head of the leasing and hospitality group; Hon. Luis Campos, second district representative of Makati; Hon. Monique Lagdameo, vice mayor of Makati; Chrissy Roa, group marketing and communications head; Sharon Vital, marketing manager for Makati; Shiella Aguilar, project development head for Makati.

The first medley, “Paskong Pinoy,” depicts the story of “Simbang Gabi” through vibrant lights and Filipino Christmas carols, arranged by Arvy Dimaculangan, including songs by Ryan Cayabyab.

The second medley, “Cosmic K-Pop Christmas,” offers a trendy K-Pop concert experience at Ayala Triangle Gardens. With original music by Jazz Nicolas and Mikey Amistoso, enjoy singing and dancing to the latest K-Pop hits amid “dancing lights.”

The third medley, “Big Band Holiday,” channels the sophistication of an opulent era with Art Deco-inspired lights and projections, accompanied by iconic tunes from the golden age of music.

Apart from the main light show at the courtyard, holiday goers can discover curated installations in other parts of the gardens.

New attractions await

“Wish Upon a Light” in the northern gardens allows guests to write wishes on an interactive screen, displayed on a green wall. The 2023 Festival of Lights features a collaboration with Arte House, Leeroy New, and Illac Diaz, presenting “Liter of Light,” an installation showcasing “Elemento” by Leeroy New. 

This addition to the “Christmas Trail” highlights a story of bringing light to classrooms using recycled plastic bottles, water, and bleach. The solar-powered installation starts Dec. 2, 2023.

A special place in metro denizens’ hearts

Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights always holds a special place in the hearts of people in the Metro. It has been an annual tradition to await the light shows, not only for people in Makati but also for Filipinos across the islands.

The show plays every hour with the first run at 6 p.m. and last run at 10 p.m. Christmas Nights with Countless Lights lasts until Jan. 14, 2024.

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