Thursday, November 12, 2015

Futuristic, magical Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens brings Christmas vibe to Makati City

A futuristic, magical Christmas. Makati brings the magic of Christmas with the Festival of Lights show, transforming the Ayala Triangle Gardens into a fairyland of futuristic lights dancing with beloved Christmas songs, rendered in three different genres--—the Big Band music of New Orleans, the festive rhythms of Africa, and electro dance music. The theme of this year’s show is Beats and Hues, executed by Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia, Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso. Joining the annual festivities are Ayala Land executives led by Ayala Land executives along with partners, HSBC and MasterCard. (L-R: Mr. Wick Veloso, CEO of HSBC Philippines;Mr. Bobby Dy, President and CEO of Ayala Land Inc.; Ms. Gigi Pio de Roda, SVP of HSBC Philippines; Mrs. Beatriz Zobel de Ayala (wife of Jaime Zobel de Ayala); Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Chairman Emeritus of Ayala Corporation; Patricia Zobel de Ayala Honorary Consul of the Philippine in Monacco; Kit Zobel de Ayala (wife of Fernando Zobel de Ayala); Jo-Ann Camacho, VP of MasterCard Philippines; Meean Dy, Senior VP of Ayala Land; Meean Dy, Senior VP of Ayala Land)

The Festival of Lights runs from November 9 through January 4 every 30mins from 6 PM to 10 PM nightly. Daily thanksgiving Masses and the Makati Inter High School Christmas Caroling Competition complete the holiday festivities.

Makati City is all set to blanket the city in a blaze of lights with a fantastic light and sounds display to welcome the holiday season—a grand spectacle you wouldn’t want to miss. 

This year’s Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, which premiered last November 9, is both dazzling and upbeat with three shows to get everyone into the Christmas vibe.  Ayala Land, together with its co-presenter HSBC and partner Coca-Cola, presents the Festival of Lights every 30 minutes nightly, from 6pm to 10pm, until January 4, 2016.
“For five consecutive years, we have been giving world-class entertainment at Ayala Triangle Gardens that people have come to love and anticipate. Now an annual tradition, the Lights and Sound show will continue to brighten the Christmas celebrations of Filipinos this year,” said Manny Blas II, Ayala Land Vice President and Project Development Head for Makati.

“More than the spectacle of lights, we have created a signature Makati attraction with the Ayala Triangle Gardens Lights and Sounds show that brings families, friends, and the whole community together, giving the perfect setting for holiday bonding and shared memorable experiences.”

This Festival of Lights finds itself in distinguished company with the likes of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the holiday lights display at the legendary Champs-Elysees in Paris and Japan’s Kobe Luminarie—that made the Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World.

The spectacle is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit as music fills the air and dancing lights transform the place into a Christmas wonderland.  Ushering the magic of Christmas and filling spectators with child-like wonder and awe, visitors can immerse themselves in this fairyland that combines futuristic lights with beloved Christmas medleys that are refreshingly rendered in different genres.  The theme of this year’s show series is Beats and Hues.

The Festival of Lights features favorite Christmas songs in three themes - taking the old classics and presenting these through new arrangements and musical ideas. The first show takes us to the streets of New Orleans, fusing big band music with jazz tones into a festive Christmas medley.  The second showcases the rhythms of Africa, inspired by drum beats and musical instruments indigenous to the land, fusing modern and traditional African music. The third, a mix of techno and electronic dance music, takes a modern feel and vibe to favorite Christmas carols. Indeed, with the harmonious mix of diverse sounds and music, the Festival of Lights promises a refreshing new experience.

All around, the landscape is covered in a blaze of lights, with four full-color laser lights, and full-color LED string lights wrapped around the trees.  The Gardens are wrapped in pixel lights and decked with pixel spheres and meteor lights, covering the grounds in a canopy of colors that glisten as colored laser lights and sparkling flash pods create an almost ethereal effect.

The Festival of Lights is expertly directed by award-winning Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia. Musical score is by musically acclaimed musicians and composers Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso of Watusi Manila.

Take selfies in especially designated spots that would allow you to capture the magical background into your timeline. Upload your photos on Instagram accounts using the hashtag #ATGFestivalofLights2015 and #MakeItHappenMakeItMakati to let everyone know.

From the gardens, one can admire the beautiful light installations replicating ten of the oldest and most historic Philippine Churches across the country. Each one is bedecked in parols and thousands of lights that capture the magnificence of a traditional Christmas in the Philippines. The street lights design is developed by the Makati Team together with designer Zenas Pineda.

“As the country’s premier city for business, lifestyle and entertainment, Makati prides itself in being the city where it all happens.  It is our intent to liven up and truly celebrate the Christmas season with the denizens of Makati by providing them with a traditional and inspiring Christmas experience,” said Mr. Blas.

The Festival of Lights runs daily from November 9 to January 4, every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM. There will also be Thanksgiving Masses at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Fountain Area every 6PM from December 15-23.  The Makati Inter High School Christmas Caroling Competition will be on December 17 also at the Ayala Triangle. 
For more holiday activities, head over to Circuit Makati, the newest and most dynamic entertainment enclave, where you will find the tallest Christmas Tree in Metro Manila. With the spirit of gift-giving inspiring everyone, check out the biggest outdoor Christmas Bazaar, showcasing hundreds of merchants and amazing finds from November 27 to 29. 

Christmas is indeed the season that never fails to delight even the busiest of people, who all anticipate and delight in Makati’s yearly holiday tradition. Once again, Makati promises a memorable and delightful holiday festivities.

If you want to get into the holiday vibe, drop by the Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Grounds for a spectacular way to celebrate the Christmas season.  For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit or like and follow MakeItMakati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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