November marks the month when establishments often start their Christmas events, usually by way of mounting decors in their vicinity.
Araneta Center started it off with the Christmas Lighting ceremony last week. They followed it up with the Belen Lighting at the Farmers’ Market last night (and perhaps you could also say they gave fangirls a gift in advance with Lee Min Ho—what a cutie, I wish I hoarded at Bench just to see him, haha).
The Nativity scene is one of the most iconic images of Christmas, as it shows the exact moment in which Jesus was born.
Before the lighting ceremony was a mass, which I wasn’t able to catch, all because of the crazy traffic in the metro. But hey, the belen isn’t going anywhere, so a big yay for me, still.
After the performances, they wrapped up the lighting ceremony. I took the opportunity to roam around the streets of Cubao. There were stalls selling Christmas lanterns. Wasn’t able to notice though if there already is a puto bumbong/bibingka stall—I know the Christmas season is here when I see those on the streets! The barbecue sold there is also delicious—we buy at least once each year—but I didn’t see anyone grilling last night.
Since I was in the mood to snap more Christmas-y shots, I also took some photos of the giant Christmas tree in one corner of the Smart Araneta Coliseum…
And a pretty tree with poinsettias inside Gateway Mall.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Araneta Center, indeed. Although you could say my Araneta Center Christmas feeling started the other day with my The Script tickets…