For most Filipinos, December is synonymous with one big thing that started three months ago: Christmas. It’s a time when families and friends would go out and bond either at a restaurant, their family retreat, or even a theme park.
If you are one who’d want to surprise your loved one with new of ideas, then this list is for you. Here are five Christmas events you should not miss:
Lights and Shadow Play at CCP
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has always been know for Christmas plays and concerts, along with an over-the-top Christmas installation at the CCP lawn. This year, they’re changing the game a bit with a Light and Shadow Play featuring three storyboards: The Christmas Story (Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem), Paskong Pinoy Traditions (Misa de Gallo, Aguinaldo, and pagmamano, among others), and The Promise of A New Year (different New Year traditions such as paputok, bumbong or bamboo cannon, and Media Noche).
Show is every night with three intervals: 6pm, 7:30pm, and 9pm, at the CCP facade. The time schedule might change, or the show may be canceled in case of inclement weather.
Concert IV: PPO’s 36th Concert Season (2018 – 2019)
After watching the night’s Lights and Shadow Play, complete your CCP experience with a Christmas-themed concert by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
Concert IV gives audiences a Christmas treat with the following pieces: Hans Pfitzner’s The Christmas Elf Overture, Mozart’s Violin Concerto, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Prelude to Act One, Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular The Nutcracker Suite, and a collection of Christmas hymns, carols and songs familiar to most Filipinos.
PPO’s Concert IV is on December 14, 8pm at the CCP Main Theater. Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office or online on TicketWorld.
Jose Mari Chan: Going Home To Christmas at Solaire
No Philippine Christmas is complete without hearing a Jose Mari Chan song. But instead of hearing the legend’s songs blaring on mall speakers, why not listen to the man dubbed The Father of Philippine Christmas Music sing live for a change?
Chan will perform his greatest Christmas hits—the ones you’re going to hear at the mall—along with other holiday favorites live at The Theater at Solaire on December 22.
Jose Mari Chan: Going Home To Christmas is at 8pm on December 22. Tickets are available on TicketWorld.
Nuvali’s Magical Field of Lights
There is a “new kid on the block” that’s looking to knock off the Ayala Triangle Gardens from being the go-to Christmas spectacle: Nuvali’s Magical Field of Lights.
It’s all the way in Santa Rosa, Laguna, but it’s worth the journey. Nuvali has something Makati will never have: a ton of space. Nuvali gets turned into a literal field of lights as spheres of varying colors cover the open space usually inhabited by nothing but grass. This year, they’ve upped the ante through their “sister’s” (read: Ayala Triangle Gardens) Disney celebration.
The Magical Field of Lights at Nuvali lights up every day until January 13. It’s at 30-minute intervals from 6pm to 10pm.
Sweet Illusions at Estancia Mall
Most malls have Christmas displays that consist of a big Christmas tree and a couple of large gift boxes. Estancia Mall, however, takes their Christmas decorations seriously.
Case in point: their annual Christmas display. What they’ve got this year is a completely different take from past years: four “secret” rooms that’ll make your inner child scream and give your IG feed a boost. They’re called Sweet Illusion Chamber rooms and they’re scattered across the mall. You’ll be greeted by the candy-themed Rainbow Prism Room at the entrance of Estancia Mall, the trippy laser light at the Laser Room, shadow displays at the Shadow Light Room, and probably the biggest IG hit: the candy-colored neon paintings of the Dark Light Room.
All four rooms are open to the public and will run until January 6.