Quezon City, the Philippines
November 9, 2013
What could be more fabulous than ushering in the Christmas spirit with lights and music? Dazzling lights dancing to yuletide carols beckoned Mom and me to Ayala Triangle in Makati a year ago. This year, we didn’t have to go far. The first light and sound show in Quezon City recently opened at TriNoma, Ayala Malls’ premiere shopping-dining-entertainment center in our home city. I had received an invite to attend the launch of Merry Musical Lights Show, an event made for a mommy date.
The launch was set at the lowest level of the Garden Restaurants atrium. Mom and I settled a row away from the stage. She browsed the media kit provided for me at the registration before I could get my hands on it. A photographer approached her, perhaps fascinated by the only silver-haired member of the audience, and just like that, I was relegated to an assistant position.
The lights dimmed for the launch’s musical guests. U.P. Concert Chorus was first to take to the stage. They went full-on pop for the mall market and spiced up their act with rousing choreography. Singer-actress-host Nikki Gil then appeared in a sheer blue number to belt out a medley of Disney tunes. Mom was already a fan of both acts; the musical prelude was a double treat for her.
Topnotch performers all, but they were just opening acts for the main event. After the finale, Nikki led the countdown to TriNoma’s first ever light and sound show. True to this year’s theme, Magical Circus, the venue imploded with sparkling lights and spheres in synch with electronic traditional carols and Filipino Christmas songs. The darkened atrium was soon magically transformed into a kaleidoscopic circus ring where pinpoint lights danced, spotlights swung on ethereal trapeze, and colorful spheres juggled themselves, spreading holiday cheer to shoppers and diners.
The eight-minute, 360-degree spectacle evoked Christmas traditions binding family and friends, kids and kids-at-heart, even Mom the Kid and her blogger-assistant, in a common experience away from individual distractions.
At the end of the show, Mom was caught by an ambush interview. Asked about her feelings during the show, she could only utter a word, “Merry!” Not that she had to say it; even her eyes were smiling. After all, this was an event after her own merry heart.
Catch the Merry Musical Lights Show until January 5, 2014 at 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM at TriNoma Garden Restaurants.