3 Quick Facts about This Year’s Ayala Avenue’s Light Installations

Christmas is around the corner and schedules are filling up with Christmas parties, including the ones organized at work and in different barkadas (group of friends) prior to or even after Christmas day. True enough, Filipinos have months-long Christmas celebrations.

As a Makati girl, driving around Manila to check out different parols has been one of the things I grew up doing to bond with my family and friends. Below is a quick rundown on facts about the Ayala Avenue street lights.

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They are once again designed by Zenas Pineda.

Ms. Zenas Pineda is a seasoned interior designer who specializes in visual merchandising. She has been designing the street lights of Ayala Land for 7 years now.

They are based on Filipino Christmas traditions.

Being in a largely Catholic country, Filipinos are into Simbang Gabi, or Misa de Gallo. Another part of Christmas is what we call the parol or Christmas lantern, which is an iconic Christmas yuletide decoration found in nearly every household and business establishment in the country. Building on the yuletide tradition, Ayala Land marks its 30th anniversary by bringing the Filipino community together for a joyous event where well-loved and new traditions intersect.

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They are using altars as light installations.

The Makati Christmas street lights are a toast to Filipino traditions!

The light installations capture the historic and cultural richness of the altars of selected Philippine Churches across the archipelago: San Sebastian in Manila, the San Miguel Archangel Parish, Cebu and Molo Church, Iloilo in Visayas; the Immaculate Conception Church of Jasaan, Northern Mindanao; and the Sanctuario de San Antoinio of Makati.

(ALSO READ: 10 Ways the World Celebrates Christmas)

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Will you be checking out the lights this year?