In Photo: The church and nativity of Jesus, two of the main attractions at the Meralco Liwanag Park. | Photo taken by Beatriz Decena

By Beatriz Decena

Meralco once again attracts the passersby of Ortigas Avenue with lights that glistened on the building’s façade and christmas lights that warmly illuminated the park.

On its annual Christmas lighting, the Liwanag Park continues to highlight the Filipino culture and traditions of Christmas, with a glimpse of international culture through replicas of famous landmarks around the world.

Families, students, and employees took photos of the displays that ranged from Statue of Liberty in America and Great Pyramid in Egypt, up to the Eiffel Tower in Paris that stood in the center of mini train’s railroad.

Other structures can be seen such as the America’s Empire State Building and Golden Gate Bridge; Europe’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, Big Ben and Coliseum.

The landmarks of the East include Asia’s Petronas Twin Towers and Burj Al Arab; Africa’s The Sphinx and Australia’s Sydney Opera House.

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The Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower, two of the landmark replicas at Meralco Liwanag Park

Aside from the tour on global destinations, visitors also enjoyed the vibe of Filipino culture through church, kubo, and nativity structures made of scrap wires.

A family sculpture was portrayed to attend the traditional Simbang Gabi, while on the side is the gigantic belen that stood even in the previous years of Liwanag Park.

Also part of the park’s attraction is the free basket ride that can be visited through an electric jeepney ride. On its background are two gigantic robots, made from the junks of Meralco’s pick-up and basket trucks.

Public may visit the park from six to 10 pm, with Christmas bazaars during Fridays to Sundays. On December 15 to 23, public may also attend the Simbang Gabi which will be conducted at St. Joseph the Worker Chapel.

The park held its lighting ceremony on November 28.

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