November 26, 2021

Christmas lighting events are a-twinkling again

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RWM’s Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly (leftmost) and First Vice President and Head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Graham Coates (rightmost) with some of PH’s top beauty queens.

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Resorts World Manila (RWM) officially opens Grand Fiesta Manila (GFM) with a customary but more meaningful “Thrill-Lighting” ceremony.

Taking the center stage in this year’s celebration is the refreshed 30-foot tall Christmas tree that marks the ‘Repurposing Our World’ campaign. Along with all the Christmas decorations in the property, this holiday centerpiece is made merrier and more meaningful with the creative use of repurposed materials, linens, and fabrics.

Other welcome additions are the Christmas tree’s gold and red flowers and a dozen upcycled bags, which will be given as gifts to 12 partner organizations and beneficiaries, along with goodies from RWM’s partner hotels.

More thrilling promos and events are lined up for Grand Fiesta Manila 2021, making it the most meaningful Yuletide celebrations marathon yet at Resorts World Manila. For more information and the complete calendar of events, visit www.rwmanila.com. CA


light show at Ayala Triangle Gardens.

@Ayala Triangle Gardens

Ayala Land and Make It Makati continue to bring joy and magic to the Christmas celebration with Festival of Lights: Virtual Edition 2021. Launched once again through a two-part show in partnership with Globe Studios, led by Director Quark Henares, this year’s lights show is bigger, better, and brighter with the addition of Philippine music icon Jose Mari Chan. The beloved musician conducts a heartwarming medley composed of his iconic holiday songs for both installments.

Part one of the Festival of Lights: Virtual Edition 2021 recreates the light show at Ayala Triangle Gardens designed within the digital space to present a 360-degree animation. Its second part is also launching very soon.

“Families and friends may be physically apart, but the country’s most-loved Christmas lights and sounds show aim to give deeper meaning and greater joy to the holiday by connecting everyone — near or far,” Chrissy Roa, Marketing Head of Ayala Land Estates, noted. IGI


Piolo Pascual, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, and 2021’s Binibining Pilipinas beauties bring more sparkle to a truly glittering night. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

The City of Firsts has officially signaled the beginning of its holiday celebration with the lighting of its iconic Giant Christmas Tree on November 11.

Decked with dazzling lights, and glittering tinsels, the Giant Christmas Tree situated at the Times Square Food Park in Araneta City was lit up with the theme ‘Believe in the Magic of Christmas’.

As part of this year’s Christmas celebration, the Araneta Group organized the ’40 Treats for 40′ program, wherein 40 individuals — essential workers who worked tirelessly amid the pandemic — received special gifts from the company.

“Christmas is a magical time. It gives us restored joy and a reason to celebrate even in these trying times. Today, as we light our Giant Christmas tree, we wish everyone to experience the special magic of the holidays,” Judy Araneta-Roxas, Vice President of the Araneta Group shared. CA


Grand Hyatt Manila invites Filipinos to spend the holidays safely at their property. FACEBOOK PHOTO

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Grand Hyatt Manila welcomes the season with the theme, “Give Life to your Festive Spirit.” The hotel partnered with the non-profit organization Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training, or Uplift, which gives underprivileged communities a platform for entrepreneurial opportunities. Uplift members were able to create a collection of hand-poured scented candles, made of natural wax and special blends of essential oils. This is available exclusively at Florentine, located at the hotel’s grand floor.

General Manager Gottfried Bogensperger expressed, “Our goal is to help these individuals or communities to recover, rebuild and thrive again after two years of hardship. It is the least we can do.” NR

Read more: The Manila Times