The church in Barrio Longos stands as a vigilant sentinel of centuries past; its baroque stone facade and belfry, blackened by the elements and overgrown with weeds, bear witness to the ravages of time and circumstance. The church appears forgotten, yet additions such as a wooden main portal, a door awning, and latticed windows – palliative attempts to evoke its lost grandeur – show that it has not been completely abandoned.
What can be more fabulous than ushering in the Christmas spirit with lights and music? A year ago, dazzling lights dancing to yuletide carols beckoned Mom and me to Ayala Triangle in Makati. This year, we don’t have to go far. The first light and sound show in Quezon City has recently opened at TriNoma, Ayala Malls’ premiere shopping-dining-entertainment center in our home city. I have received an invite to attend the launch of Merry Musical Lights Show, an event made for a mommy date.
In the wee hours of October 19, 2013, China Eastern Airlines lands on Philippine soil for the first time. The maiden flight has arrived on schedule from its hub, Shanghai. Airline officials and staff are on hand to welcome both passengers and crew with bouquets and photo ops. I will soon have the same privilege of being among the first passengers from Manila to board flight MU212 departing for Shanghai at 4:55 AM.