Quezon City, the Philippines
November 9, 2013
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.
The launch has been set at the lowest level of the Garden Restaurants atrium. We settle a row away from the stage and Mom readily browses the media kit provided for me at the registration before I can get my hands on it. A photographer approaches her, perhaps fascinated by the only silver-haired member of the audience, and just like that, I am relegated to an assistant position.
The lights dim for the launch’s musical guests. U.P. Concert Chorus is first to take to the stage. They go full-on pop for the mall market and spice up their act with rousing choreography. Singer-actress-host Nikki Gil then appears in a sheer blue number to belt out a medley of Disney tunes. Mom is a fan of both acts; the musical prelude is a double treat for her.
Topnotch performers all, but they are just opening acts for the main event. After the finale, Nikki proceeds to lead the countdown to TriNoma’s first ever light and sound show. True to this year’s theme, Magical Circus, the venue implodes with sparkling lights and spheres in synch with electronic traditional carols and Filipino Christmas songs. The darkened atrium is soon magically transformed into a kaleidoscopic circus ring where pinpoint lights dance, spotlights swing on ethereal trapeze, and colorful spheres juggle themselves, spreading holiday cheer to shoppers and diners.
The eight-minute, 360-degree spectacle evokes 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 is caught by an ambush interview. Asked about her feelings during the show, she can only utter a word, “Merry!” Not that she has to say it; even her eyes are smiling. After all, this is an event after her own merry heart.
Catch the Merry Musical Lights Show until January 5, 2014 at 7 PM, 8 PM, and 9 PM at TriNoma Garden Restaurants.