The simple yet elegant and eye-catchy Christmas decoration of the Cash and Carry mall near the corner of South Luzon Expressway and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia) caught my eyes. I was approaching the Buendia Flyover on my way to Makati yesterday at around 7:30 in the evening when I saw it for the first time.
Complementing Cash and Carry’s Christmas lights are the colorful and merrily blinking Christmas lanterns or parol being sold alongside SLEx.
Nearing Ayala Avenue in Makati’s commercial and business district I was greeted by more Christmas lights adorning the streets and some of the towering office buildings. When it comes to outdoor Christmas decors and lights, Makati has been known for its pretty and elegant street decors and lights that bring color and life at night to the major roads in its commercial and business district. I particularly like Makati’s decorative Christmas lights for this year. The light animation beautifully simulates flowing water from the trees and ornamental plants in Makati’s thoroughfares.
Truly, Christmas is already in the air in Metro Manila and, no doubt, in the rest of the country, even if it’s just the first day in December. After all, the Philippines is widely known and recognized for having the longest Christmas celebration in the whole world, which usually starts as early as the first day of September.
For Filipino Catholics, the start of the season is marked by the first Sunday of Advent which was celebrated last Sunday in all Catholic churches and chapels nationwide. As has been practiced by the faithfuls through the years, the first of the four candles of advent was lit.
Merry Christmas to one and all!