Christmas In Manila. Christmas In New York City

Sunday December 1, 2019

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY By: SYLVIA ZAMORA There is no place like home, as we all say... and it’s true. Manila, as we start the “BER” months, Christmas in Manila -- starts as well. We could be the earliest celebrators of Christmas in the whole wide world, but it suits us just fine. At the strike of midnight of September 1st, Christmas songs start playing over the airwaves and it gives me that sad, yet warm feeling of joy remembering Christmases past, where everyone in the family were in complete attendance- grandparents, parents, “Titos” and “Titas” who were at their prime - young, vibrant, energetic and full of life. Christmas in Manila is all about family, where we are surrounded with not a few but a dizzying number of relatives from all sides of the family. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins are of equal importance because we grew up knowing them only as cousins, period! September 1st in Manila. Christmas lights are turned on! Malls are shining brighter with a mix STREET PHOTOGRAPHY of reds, greens, blues and whites. Spotlighting the facade of their buildings, each mall making a huge “reveal” of their much planned out secret creative creation which was planned out a year in advance. We awaited what C.O.D. had to offer for us kids this year! A tradition was of driving there with the whole family in tow and standing outside gazing in awe. Oohhs and ahhs filled the cool September air with us standing across the street of C.O.D., everyone watching the beautiful moving display which was the size of the whole expanse of the building’s facade. It never failed to amaze us kids, it was like having the best Christmas Wonderland right before our very eyes! Highways were decorated with gigantic colorful “parols”...... Read more on Full Issue!

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