WITH the scourge of a global pandemic, it might seem like a good time to cut back on the yuletide cheers; but, the Cultural Center of the Philippines believes that it is just timely to celebrate the season in thanksgiving, love, and hope in spite of our current realities. This year, the CCP heralds the holiday season with “Pasko 2020,” a splendid display of Parul Sampernandu, which will light up the CCP Main Building Facade and the complex grounds from December 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
As promised, here is the second part of my #SupportYourLokal | Christmas Gift Ideas. just a quick recap, part 1 consists of pantry essentials – Pik-a-Pikel and Jacob’s Gourmet Foods as well as something sweet – Chookies and That Awkward Baker. This time I am sharing with you classic Pinoy delicacies that are essential during Filipino holiday feasts – Kakanin or rice cakes eaten as snack or breakfast. Since these are sticky and sweet, kakanin symbolises the close relationship of Filipino families and friends. There are three places I highly recommend.
Let’s get to the point! With our current state, it’s best to support our lokal. It means promoting and buying local brands, especially from small businesses. If you take a look around you or your social media feed, you will find a friend who has a small business, OR just started one during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). You can help them promote their products by sharing their posts or by word-of-mouth (Please practice social distancing!). And if you like what they are selling, why not buy from them! Better yet buy it not only for yourself but also as a gift for your family and friends this Christmas!
During the holiday season, my family and would always drive around Metro Manila to check out the lights. But since it’s getting quite difficult to predict traffic, we pretty much go with the flow. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday or a weekend. As long as we are not busy that day and the following, we’ll drive to a certain location like this video here – #MaliwanagAngPasko | Tara na sa #MeralcoLiwanagPark. This was taken last year but we will go there again this again. Wait for that video, okay? Or, we simply drive around a city like what we did this month. We all heard the news about changes for a better city. I was really curious what Manila would look like this year. And let me tell you, we weren’t disappointed. There are several lights in the city. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture them entirely.
On November 7, 2019, the “Triangle North of Manila” or simply TriNoma unveiled their giant Christmas tree adorned with bright lights as well as gold and red accents. Aside from the giant Christmas tree, the mall also features a Christmas lights tunnel which you can find at the garden area.