EVENINGS WILL not be the same again as the “Festival of Lights” premiered at the Ayala Triangle Gardens yesterday (November 9). Now on its fifth year, the annual tradition will see the darkness replaced by a vivid display of over 1,600,000 LED lights, visual effects and Christmas music made possible by Ayala Land with the cooperation of Hong Kong Bank (HSBC) and Coca Cola.
Daily shows will run every 30 minutes starting at 6:00 PM up to 10:00 PM until January 4, 2016. For this year, three different themes have been prepared by multi-awarded Directors Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia with Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso of Watusi Manila handling the musical score.
The three themes evoke totally different musical genres – New Orleans-style Jazz, African Beats and Techno and Electronic Dance music. There will be no set schedule so park goers are in for a surprise regarding which of the three themes will be played at random for the specific show that lasts for about five minutes each.
Gumia and Amistoso prepared a wide selection of both traditional and modern Christmas songs with a good representation of original Filipino tunes. These songs have been arranged, mastered and mixed to fit the three themes.
The public is encouraged to take selfies at specially designated areas around the park. These may be uploaded on Instagram and other social media using the hash tag #ATGFestivalofLights2015 and #MakeItHappenMakeItMakati.
No less than Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his family graced the festival’s opening. They were joined by top executives from Ayala Land, HSBC and other event partners.
This early, the 2015 edition has drawn comparison to similar lights festivals in other countries. It may also be comparable to those held in famous theme parks.
The displays are not limited to the park itself. LED lights have been installed on the center island of Ayala Avenue to represent a selection of famous churches from all over the country.
To complete the Yuletide package, daily masses will be held at the fountain area from December 15 to 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM. In addition, a Christmas Caroling competition for Makati City High Schools will be conducted on December 17.
Eating is definitely part of the Filipino Christmas agenda. After feeding the body, the Festival of Lights is a sure buffet for the senses.