Hope, joy, and peace: Welcome Holy Babe in the manger!

Published December 19, 2021, 12:48 AM

by Deedee Siytangco

Angel Thoughts

Merry Christmas, dear readers and your families! Only five days to go and The Blessed Event that we have all been waiting for is here. To get a taste of a unique experience at Mall of Asia, try their Tunnel of Lights Christmas Drive-Thru. Mall customers with a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,000 from any establishments within the SM Mall of Asia, SM by the BAY, S Maison, and Mall of Asia Square can drive through and enjoy the spectacular light tableaus and other Christmas scenes in the comfort of your vehicles or, for a small fee, ride their vehicles. This is great for small kids and seniors.

To reserve a slot, consumers must visit the MOA Night of Lights booth located at level 3, near MOA Food Hall or the S Maison Concierge and present their receipt for validation. Further details are available at SM Mall of Asia’s Facebook page and Instagram accounts.

Christmas lights drive through at SM MOA

And check out Ayala Land’s Festival of Lights in Makati. It’s about a Filipino family Christmas story that’s animated and lighted up spectacularly, in 3D (three-dimension), with the music of the season, featuring Joe Mari Chan ( who else?) and his happy family every evening at Ayala Avenue.

One can venture out of the city to Mexico, Pampanga which offers a Christmas-themed park at Lakeshore, a huge property development which is now a prime destination. The developers have also gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of guests in their 50,000-sqm park of 50,000 which includes a lighthouse, lakeside pers, lakeside dining areas, food stalls and beautiful promenades areas. They would like to contribute to everyone’s well-being, and that is why it’s a safe place for families to spend their leisure time during the holidays—not to mention all year long). 

What separates Lakeshore from other Christmas parks is the fact they have the largest land area in parks. A wide array of holiday attractions to compliment Lakeshore’s outdoor activities with plans to add more as the season progresses. The majority of the Lighthouse Park has been decorated with eye-catching light sculptures perfect for taking pictures to post on social media. They have expanded their picnic grounds so that guests may choose to enjoy a picnic along the lake or in dedicated picnic areas. 

They also introduced “Weekend Dinner By The Lake” with different local caterers and restaurants, serving dishes by the lakeside for an alfresco-style dining experience. There is also a food stall section where local vendors sell various food and drinks items. Entertainment is provided by local artists who perform each weekend from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There is also a free “Weekend Outdoor Cinema” where guests can relax and enjoy various movies while safely keeping their distance from each other. The “Christmas Carnival” offers rides and activities, and you can enjoy the floating lights display on portions of the 12-hectare lake which is also all up. 

This holiday season will conclude with their annual “Grand Christmas Feast.” Since the Christmas Park was opened, Arch. BJ Mangio says that they have nearly doubled their security staff and employed wellness checkers to help remind guests to respect the COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined by the IATF and Municipality of Mexico Pampanga. The Lakeshore Philippines is a prime real estate development located in Mexico, Pampanga and is the brainchild of Architect Nestor Mangio who heads the parent company CCEI (Central Country Estates inc.) Lakeshore has offered housing developments ranging from affordable 2.5 million house and lot units to luxurious 25 million units by the lake. There is also a. St. John Paul II Chapel which is right next to the lake also can accommodate 800 mass goers and also has a relic of St. John Paul II on the altar.

Robert Yupangco and some of the recipients of the gift-giving of the Zoomanity Group.

“Christmas is for children and animals,” declared Robert L. Yupangco, CEO of Zoomanity Group, one of the leading companies in the theme park industry. With this in mind, the company is taking the opportunity to give back the happiness and blessings to less fortunate children this season of sharing and thanksgiving. Aside from promoting their advocacy which is called the 4 E’s (Education, Environmental Conservation, Exhibit and Entertainment), the company believes that it is part of their corporate social responsibility to give happiness to those kids who need it the most. 

The past two years have been a challenging time for everyone and there are those who are greatly affected because of the pandemic. In spite of that, Zoomanity Group together with other partner companies like RSFrancisco Kontra Gutom Foundation, Tag Media, Yo Money and Yo Go and many more opted to share their blessings and promote the idea of giving in this trying time.

Annually, through a charitable activity called “Zoomanity Christmas Gift Giving,” Zoomanity Group chose sets of orphan kids from different foundations and indigenous communities, to experience a whole day of fun, love and care in their parks. This year, over 500 kids got a chance to have free entrance to any Zoomanity Parks and enjoy one exciting day of interaction with their favorite animals. Different gifts and food were given away plus exciting shows were held.

Series of gift giving events took place at different locations that started last December 11—at the Aeta community at Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, and Subic Indigenous Peoples Assistance Group (SIPAG), Kanawan Magbukun Ayta Group assisted by Atty. Manuel Quijano and Knight of Columbus Kalaklan Olongapo Chapter at Zoobic Safari in Subic, Angels Home Foundation for Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Augustinian Sisters Foundation for Zoori (Zoo @Residence Inn) in Tagaytay, and Brgy. Banilad Day Care Center for Unlicity in San Pablo Laguna, Brgy. Poblacion for Unlicity Century Mall Makati.

1. Robert Yupangco and some of the recipients of the gift-giving of the Zoomanity Group.

2. Christmas lights drive through at SM MOA