Merry Christmas! Or, as we say in the Philippines…Maligayang Pasko! In keeping with the holiday, I’m bringing you a special Philippine Christmas light show.
Pampanga is a province (like a state in the U.S.) two provinces south of my mother’s home province. A Pampanga tradition is creating giant (think Godzilla) Christmas lanterns. As technology evolved, so did the lanterns. Now the lanterns feature flashing lights synchronized to music.
Here’s a video of the 2007 competition for best giant lantern.
Here is a collection of 42 giant lantern videos that you can scroll through and decide which to view. (Video quality is uneven.)
When I left the Philippines in 1970, my hometown of Makati was relatively undeveloped. My recollection is that the key intersection of Makati Avenue and Ayala Boulevard was empty on three of the four corners. The fourth corner had a small shopping center. Now, two of the four corners have premium Asian hotels and the whole area is built up with huge skyscrapers. Each year, just a few steps from that intersection, about two miles from my old house, there is an impressive light show. (The first minute is a slow introduction.)
Although it’s from last year, this video shows a variety of Christmas lights, trees and displays throughout Metro Manila. ( As of 2007 census, Metro Manila had over 11.5 million residents.)
Finally, especially for FakeName, featuring one of her favorite foods which Filipinos adore, my favorite “Philippine” Christmas carol. (Tame woman plays all characters.)