Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony At Theater Mall And Promenade officially Marks The Start of Yuletide Season
Christmas is just around the corner and sooner than you think, the countdown to the most anticipated time of the year is over. In the city of San Juan, a yearly tradition is done to officially mark the Christmas season, that is the Christmas lighting ceremony in Promenade and Theater Mall.
Enlivened by the presence of stars and entertainment personalities, the tradition began in 2008, the 20th year of the Music Museum, when German “Kuya Germs” Moreno invited stars like Gloria Romero to join him in providing Christmas cheer and dazzle at the ceremony. Through the years, young stars like Barbie Forteza, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas, Hero Angeles and Ken Chan joined Kuya Germs in spreading Christmas Cheer to shoppers and mall goers at the Promenade.
The celebrities assemble at the site of the Christmas Switch, put their hands together and press the switch. Immediately, the bright lights of Christmas start to shine all over the place. It’s as if the stars of the entertainment world lend their sparkle to the Holiday look.
This year, stars of hit television show Meant To Be Ken Chan, Jak Romero and Barbie Forteza, including Mark Manicad and John Nite carried on the tradition begun by Kuya Germs. At the flick of the switch, the Christmas lights inside and outside the mall and on the Christmas tree came alive in a blaze of big and little lights, punctuated by transparent Pinoy Parols deftly put together by resident artist Francis Dano-Og.
The Christmas Lighting ceremony was led by Music Museum Group President Precy M. Florentino and other MMG Officials. It will touch off engaging Christmas activities at the mall highlighted by a Christmas Bazaar at the Missouri area that will go on till December 31.
The dining, shopping and entertainment enclave is best known for its popular performance venues, The Music Museum and Teatrino, its state of the art Greenhills Cinemas that pioneered the Dolby Atmos Sound Technology, and its lively mix of shops and restaurants.
The MMG president recalled how Christmas lights are a traditional part of the Christmas celebration and how parols – The traditional Filipino symbols of Christmas – lit the way for country folk on their way to Simbang Gabi.
” We want to show that the Christmas spirit of hope and joy are forever alive in us. We want these Christmas lights to provide hope and cheer to our surroundings. Pinoy Christmasses are always bright,” Ms. Florentino said.
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