Event Travel

First Day of December

It’ll be Christmas all over the world in just a few weeks time. In the Philippines, Christmas season usually starts around September. The “-ber” months trigger the nation’s Christmas spirit. Christmas songs start being aired on radios. Christmas decorations are being put up in most homes. Shoppers start to frequent malls. Children start to prowl our neighborhood streets and sing Christmas songs. And, lights, lights, and more lights are being put up.

On the first day of December, we met up in Greenbelt and walked the rest of the way up to the Ayala Triangle. We got lost a couple of times (sorry, mga promdi eh) yet arrived a bit early for the show. Why were we there? We wanted to witness the famous display of lights and sounds at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

 photo 2012-12-01-1302-1140x640_zpsf268fcfa.jpgWhen we got there, lots of people were already gathered and waiting for the show. It’s almost time for dinner so we decided to eat first. Most restaurants near the gardens were full. It seemed as if almost everybody got the same idea. Finally, we chanced upon Pho Hoa, a Vietnamese restaurant. Because we weren’t that familiar with Vietnamese food, I chose —— which is a rice meal. And he chose ——, which is a salad/noodle meal. The food was delicious! However, the serving size was a bit too much for the both of us.

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Afterwards, we went to the Gardens. At first we thought that we missed the show since it was dark and no lights and only a few lights were on. Then a few minutes later, we became witnesses to a most enchanting and awesome lights and sounds show

The 10-minute show was simply amazing. And the Christmas carols were cool. The sounds have a Jazz-y feel. Some of the children were even dancing a bit to the tunes.

You can catch the show every 30 minutes starting at 6 pm until 9 in the evening.

I know this isn’t the true spirit of the holiday season. It is not about the Christmas tree and the gifts underneath, nor the decorations and lights. Let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas, which is the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Happy holidays, everyone!


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