The Best Christmas Sights In The Metro
Christmas In Manila
A Holiday Philippines Blog Christmas Special.
As the only Catholic country in Asia, the Philippines is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas in the region. There are no flurries of powdery snow falling down from the sky, no below-zero temperatures to worry about, no live pine trees dressed up for holidays.
But what makes Christmas extra special in a tropical country like the Philippines is the warm welcome you will receive anywhere you go. There’s food and music and dancing and festivities in every home or commercial establishment. Christmas is, after all, a time for joy and celebration.
So if you ever find yourself in Metro Manila during Yuletide, drop by these wondrous Christmas displays.
COD Christmas display at Greenhills, San Juan:
The COD display was originally shown in Cubao, at the old COD Boutique building since the 1960s. It was given a new lease on life in 2002 when it was transferred to Greenhills Center, a sprawling shopping complex where you can buy anything from native Filipino delicacies to furniture to clothes to electronic gadgets. There’s a different theme every year, and for 2011 Disney’s Cinderella takes center-stage.
Don’t forget to fill your tummy with the yummy treats being sold right in the area. You can also catch up on your Christmas shopping by visiting the many stores in Greenhills—you’ll surely find a bargain.
Spectacular Spectacular, Ayala Triangle Gardens:
Right in the heart of the country’s financial district sits a smallish garden bounded on all sides by food establishments and business offices. This serene spot is the site of the Ayala Group’s amazing display.
The trees are draped with dozens upon dozens of colourful Christmas lights. When the music starts, you know that the show is on as well: every beat and note is perfectly timed with the flicker and flash of the lights. Catch the anticipated simbang gabi at 6:15PM, right after the first show ends. The lights come alive every hour for fifteen minutes, from 6PM to 9PM.
Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong City:
An entire neighbourhood that’s dedicated to showcasing the best Christmas decorations, Policarpio Street has become a popular destination for folks who want to see homes dressed in their Christmas finest. Each house strives to outdo its neighbours in friendly competition, and you’ll see every Christmas decoration imaginable.
Take as many pictures as you want; the homeowners won’t mind, but remember that this is a private neighbourhood. If the owners like you well enough, may even invite you for a tour inside their homes, with perhaps a sumptuous Filipino Christmas dinner to cap off your day.