HO HO HOME: These (home)towns are now ready for Christmas

Published November 23, 2020, 11:22 PM

by Vianca Gamboa

Going all out with Christmas decorations has become a tradition in every community in the country, but for some reason, we have our favorite places to visit. Take a walk (or even go caroling with social distancing in mind) around the best villages and towns in the country that have reopened its gates just in time for Christmas.

Molo Mansion, Iloilo

📍Yusay-Consing Mansion, Locsin St., Molo, Iloilo City, Iloilo 

Tourists never go wrong with this little festive spot in the city of Molo. The famed ancestral house in Iloilo stands out in its ornate portico and white walls, but the real spectacle begins as soon as giant lanterns, Christmas trees, flickering lights, and handcrafted souvenirs make their appearance come Christmastime.

Taken from Molo Mansion’s Facebook page

Policarpio street, Mandaluyong

📍Policarpio St., Mandaluyong City

Remember the times you bargained with your mom just so she can take you to the magical village of Policarpio after seeing it on a primetime newscast? We do, and it seems like the street shines brighter and displays augment into larger exhibits as we grow, too. As you coast down until the end of stretch, you will find different residences with their own theme of decorations, including a belen garden, a house full of huge, dangling Santa Claus statues, and a gate decked out in multicolored LED lights. 

Photo by Lawrence Biñas

Baguio Country Club Christmas Village, Baguio

📍Country Club Road, South Drive, Baguio City, Benguet 

We all dream of walking in a winter wonderland, and for most of us, Baguio is the closest we can get. Christmas on displays go hard here, but what we find magical the most is the annual Christmas Village at Baguio Country Club. The holiday attraction hosts different themes every year, including non-Christmas movie franchises and cultural pieces, including the smallest jeepney in the countryThe village is sustainable, too as it uses recycled materials and even real plants. 

Taken from Baguio Country Club’s Facebook page

Nuvali Magical Field of Lights, Laguna

📍Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Rd, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna

Not satisfied with light installations that glow from afar? Walk along the illuminated spiral tunnel to enter the Magical Field of Lights. Frolic in the thousands of tulip-shaped bulbs that light up in colors of the rainbow complete with fog machines and blinking spheres, and dance along to the tunes of Christmas jingles like “Pasko ay Sumapit, “Kumukutikutitap,” and “Joy to the World.” 

Taken from Nuvali’s Instagram page

San Fernando, Pampanga

Christmas lanterns in all shapes and sizes decorate the town of San Fernando, aka “The Christmas Capital of the Philippines,” thanks to its annual Giant Lantern Festival. The locals from different barrios compete against each other in crafting their entries from scratch. They make use of thousands of light bulbs and even recycled materials, and adorn these parols with intricate ornaments up to the littlest details. You can witness the sea of lanterns lit in all their splendor just by driving along MacArthur highway at night.