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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Look, hear and feel the Christmas at Ayala Malls –more than just a twinkle of lights

Christmas if being felt first whenever we saw malls are hanging their Christmas lights above the ceiling, rise of Christmas trees and echoes of Christmas songs from all over the corners of the malls, and even inside the comfort room you’ll hear the song “Jingle bells”. Our malls is the most visited place in the country, that’s why they are working so hard just to make sure that we get attracted and happy on the display set up of their Christmas theme. In Ayala Malls,their set up is getting better and better, as they say, Christmas and the spirit of sharing is here.

Its my first time to attend their Christmas launch, you know that I’ve attended some Christmas mall launches, but for this year, I’m happy that I got invited to see what’s the latest in Ayala Malls’ Christmas theme, I’m familiar with the set up of gigantic and fancy displays, but for Ayala Malls, its very different, they brought the real Christmas in their malls through stunning visuals of displays, music, arts, dance, display of lights, celebrities, its not just about joy, but also giving hope and help to our friends who are homeless after the Yolanda typhoon, I just saw the photos of their display, but I’m going to visit their set up soon and see how magical it is.

Read below and check my list of things to see, hear and expect at Ayala Mall’s Christmas.

1. Christmas backdrop in Ayala Malls
Floral set up, gleam of lights, thrive of leaves and berries, multi-hued wonders of beads and lanterns, organic twigs, tamboulines and fans backdrop by acclaimed floral designer Zenas Pineda and production designer Gino Gonzales.

photo above: fountain area of Greenbelt 5

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Glorietta 2-3
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Glorietta and Greenbelt 5

2. The Tunnel of Joy
Located at the tunnel leading to Greenbelt, there will be a set up of panoramic photos of Christmas joy , all photos are taken by by photographer, artist and chairman emeritus of Ayala Corporation Jaime Zobel de Ayala.

3. Stars of Joy concert series
Music and dance performance directed by Audie Gemora and musical direction by Mel Villana.
The concert series will invite mall goers to watch and enjoy the show and also invite them to show support for the Typhoon Yolanda victims via donations. There will be donation boxes located in all Ayala Malls concierge.

1st concert will be on Nov 19, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Glorietta activity center, featuring: Piolo Pascual, Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Joanna Ampil and the Steps Dancers.
Next line up is Piolo Pascual, Tom Rodriguez, Sam Milby and Sam Concepcion for another series of Stars of Joy concert series in different Ayala malls around the country.

Nov 15- Abreeza Mall Activity Center
Nov 23 - Marquee Mall Park
Nov 24 - Trinoma activity center
Nov 30 -Ayala Center Cebu Activity Center
Dec 7 - Alabang town Center's Corte
Dec 8 - Market! Market! Activity Center
Dec 15 - Centrio Mal in CDO

4. Ayala Malls present “Pepe’s Secret Christmas”
An enchanting Christmas celebration of the Filipino seen through the eyes of a young man and a rowdy assortment of talking and dancing animals.

Headed by Sofia Zobel - Elizalde, director of Steps Dance Studio and founder of Steps Dance Project, and through the direction and choreography of James Laforteza, “Pepe’s Secret Christmas” is a contemporary display of Ballet Theater that reveals the timeless lessons of traditional Filipino values, and our love for beauty and harmony. “Pepe’s Secret Christmas” will hit the stages of Harbor Point, Subic this November 23, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro this November 30, the Abreeza Mall, Davao on December 7, and Marquee Mall, Pampanga, on December 14. The creative team behind “Pepe’s Secret Christmas” are Associate Choreographers: Jun Saagundo and Jeffrey Espejo; Writer Floy Quintos; Production and Costume Designer: Gino Gonzales; and Lighting and Technical Director: Katsch Catoy.

5. A Thousand Encounters photo competition

A Thousand Encounters”, a photo competition and photomap exhibit inspired from a concept of Jaime Zobel de Ayala. The competition aims to capture the creative spectacles of Christmas, and celebrate the diversity and individuality of mall goers set against the background of exciting Glorietta.

A photo booth at the entrance of the revitalized Glorietta will capture the myriad expressions. Open to all Glorietta Christmas shoppers from November 14-17

- Solo Creative Photo, Couple Creative Photo (for 2 participants)
- the Group Creative Photo (for 3-6 participants)

- solo category - shopping spree at the Ayala Malls worth P25,000
- couple category - overnight stay at the Raffles Suites with free breakfast for two
- group category - buffet treat for 10 at the Holiday Inn restaurant

6. Tugon sa Bohol and Songs of Hope concertAn initiative for the restration of the damaged churches in Bohol due to the recent earthquake. The activities include “Songs of Hope”, a benefit concert by the award-winning Loboc Children’s Choir held last November 8 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, and “KISAME”, an exhibition of photographs of ceiling paintings of Bohol’s colonial churches on November 11-14 at the Fashion Walk in Greenbelt 5.
There will be more soon! Just watch out for announcements in their Facebook page at

here are some photos from their Christmas launch

Launch at Raffles Hotel ballroom

the VIP guests

Kuh Ledesma

Christmas tree set up

my view

Thanks Ayala Malls for this Christmas decor

Martin Nievera

Piolo Pascual

Photo op with Piolo Pascual

new PR-pro friend Smile

with Piolo


two pics above are from Myke Soon’s Mix of Everything Blog
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
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