Ayala Avenue is “woven” with light – 2017 Makati Christmas lighting draws from intricate patterns from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

Ayala Avenue is “woven” with light – 2017 Makati Christmas lighting draws from intricate patterns from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

This year’s Christmas Street Lighting that uplift moods along the stretch of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue pays tribute to our cultural heritage via intricate patterns from various regions (Inabel and Burdado from Luzon: Banig Tikog from Visayas; and T’ Boli, Ukli, and Yakan weaves from Mindanao). The Pag-iilaw is a well-loved Makati tradition, and this year’s bright lights are courtesy of Firefly Lighting Corporation.

Makati Christmas Lighting

These gigantic “woven” decors transform the streets into festive landmarks. These lovely Christmas street lights brighten up the holidays for the thousands who work in the central business district, as well as for those who call it home.

Makati Christmas Lighting

L-R: Meean Dy, Group Head, Strategic Landbank Management; Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo; Jaime Zobel De Ayala, Chairman Emeritus of Ayala Corp; Patricia Zobel de Ayala; Bobby Dy, President and CEO of Ayala Land Inc.; Ishmael G. Cruz, Board of Governers of MaCEA.

“Christmas is the highlight of the year for Filipinos, and we always want to make it special for everyone. By mounting an exquisite Christmas display, and through the Festival of Lights, we provide venues for people to enjoy the spirit of the season,” said Shiella Aguilar, Ayala Land Project Head for Makati.

Makati Christmas Lighting

Iconic local weaves shine bright in the city that makes it happen. The leaders of Ayala Land Corporation and Makati City spread the holiday cheer, showing off their smiles with the stunning street lights display inspired by iconic weaves from various regions — Inabel and Burdado from Luzon, Banig Tikog from Visayas, T’Boli, Ukil and Yakan weaves from Mindanao. (L-R) Ishmael G. Cruz, Board of Governers of MaCEA; Patricia Zobel de Ayala; Jaime Zobel De Ayala, Chairman Emeritus of Ayala Corp; Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo; Ms. Jhie Greenwood, Trade Marketing Manager, Firefly Lighting; Meean Dy, Group Head, Strategic Landbank Management; Bobby Dy, President and CEO of Ayala Land Inc.

For details, visit www.makeitmakati.com.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.