The Festival of Lights is Back at the Ayala Triangle Gardens!

One of my favorite places in Metro Manila is the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the quiet pocket of green right in the middle of the city. It’s tranquil for the most part except during the holidays, when it transforms into a lights and sound show featuring a million twinkling lights. I got the watch this year’s series of shows and felt the Christmas spirit!

The Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights is a much-awaited event during Christmas, captivating Filipinos for the past eight years. It’s not just Filipinos who love the show: Conde Nast has called it one of the most spectacular lights in the world.

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I Went Back in Time to See “Dinosaurs Around the World”!

When I watched Jurassic Park for the first time, I thought it would be cool to have a park where we can get up close and personal with dinosaurs. Of course, it’s not possible because we haven’t developed the technology to bring them back to life and it’s a bit dangerous. I somehow got to live my childhood dream because The Mind Museum has set up Dinosaurs Around the World, an impressive exhibition featuring life-sized animatronic dinos!

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SM Aura Blooms with Art in Aura, an Initiative with Local Artists

One of my favorite malls is SM Aura. It’s less crowded, the food choices are unique, and the shopping choices are elevated. There’s always something to check out at Aura, and it’s such a nice break from the rest of Bonifacio Global City. I love how walkable BGC is, but at the end of the day, I just want to be in a relaxing and airconditioned place. Now, there’s one more reason for me to visit Aura because they just launched Art in Aura!

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My Top Picks at Art in the Park 2017

Art in the Park is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s the one day where people converge in a park (one of my favorite places to hang out in) to enjoy the fresh air and some good art from the country’s best artists. It’s a laidback affair compared to exhibit openings in galleries and museums, and even the hip Art Fair Philippines. It’s more affordable, too, as artworks are capped at P50,000.

This year’s Art in the Park was held again at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati. It was an extremely hot afternoon, but I braved the sweltering heat to get my dose of art.

Here are my top picks:

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See New York in Slow Motion with “Street” at the Ayala Triangle

One of my hobbies is people-watching. I like observing them and building stories in my head. That woman is a nurse on her way to her 12 hour shift. That man is going to the hardware store to buy materials for a murder. The thoughts that run in my mind about the people around me are very random and make little sense. But it’s a fun activity I do almost every day.

This must be what goes through the mind of James Nares, a British-born and New York-based artist who created Street, a 61-minute slow motion capture of New York City, with music accompanied by Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore. The Ayala Triangle is lucky because it will host the video installation’s Asian premiere, as part of Art Fair Philippines 2017.

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