Ayala Festival Of Lights 2016

Evenings will always be special at the Festival of Lights in Ayala Triangle.

Evenings will always be special at the Festival of Lights in Ayala Triangle.

THE ANNUAL tradition continues as Ayala Triangle Gardens’  “Festival Of Lights” is now in full swing everyday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The enchanting and gripping light and sound display will run until January 8, 2017.

Just like last year, the audience will be treated to a random selection among three different sets every thirty minutes.  The show is directed by Voltaire de Jesus and Lito Gumia with musical scoring and arrangement by Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso of Watusi Manila.

The first medley is inspired by the Fiipino Christmas fiesta with familiar local carols arranged to a fast beat ala the Rio carnival.  The next medley is culled from music of classical and heroic films while the third is all about Disney, a sure treat for the kids and the kids at heart.

An innovation this year is the introduction of LED lights coming from the ground as compared to before when the lights simply hung from the trees.  A smoke machine and laser lights make for added special effects.

Lasers and smoke add a special touch to the show.

Lasers and smoke add a special touch to the show.

The Festival of Lights has been cited by no less than travel authority Conde Naste as among the seven Most Spectacular Lights in the world.  Aside from the 20,000-square meter garden, major thoroughfares in the Ayala Center have been decorated with lights and other Christmas paraphernalia while other Ayala Malls throughout the country will have their own lights and sounds shows.

A 56-foot Christmas tree will be erected at The Circuit coupled with a bazaar from November 18 to 20, 2016.  The same venue will host the Makati Inter-High School Chorale competition on December 19.

Meanwhile, daily thanksgiving masses will be held at Ayala Triangle from December 15 to 23 at 6:00 PM.  The Gourmand Market will also set up shop from December 9 to 11 to give the public the chance to savor their gastronomic delights.

The Festival of Lights is presented by Ayala Land with co-presenter Hong Kong Bank (HSBC).  The show is also made possible with the help of MasterCard, Coca-Cola, Sun Life of Canada and Oishi.

About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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