Unique lights show hits the Metro South

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Head to Filinvest City and experience the “Sparkle of Christmas,” a musical lights show in the south of Metro Manila. Photo by KENNETH ABALLA

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Those of us who have not been in the Metro South are missing out. There's a secret that the south holds, and it's been growing steadily for five years now.

"The annual Christmas musical lights show has become part of the holiday celebrations, not just of those in Alabang, but of people in neighboring locales as well. That is what inspires us to improve this tradition that we have started year after year,” says Kate Ilagan, executive vice president of Filinvest Alabang Inc.

Picture this: A forty-foot cone stands bare, save for a colorful topper, which also happens to be the logo of Filinvest City. Then night falls, and unseen projectors festoon it with tinsel and sparkle, bells and balls, snow and reindeer — all sorts of Christmas decorations and scenes.

You walk through lighted arches that crisscross the stretch of green as the varying colors of lights blink in perfectly synched choreography. The smell of food fills the air, and an awaited musical guest comes on stage.

CNN-3485.jpg "The annual Christmas musical lights show has become part of the holiday celebrations, not just of those in Alabang, but of people in neighboring locales as well,” says Kate Ilagan, executive vice president of Filinvest Alabang Inc. Photo by KENNETH ABALLA

The "Sparkle of Christmas" finds its new home in the recently opened Spectrum Linear Park. Cutting the city from north to south, it's situated literally at the center of the city. This makes it an ideal meeting place, fulfilling its design to be a convergence point.

"It is really a community celebration. We are opening more space where people can converge and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds with the garden city as the backdrop ... We, at Filinvest City, have always been keen about transforming the lives here in the Metro South, thus the idea of hosting an activity during Christmas to give back to the community was created,” explains Ilagan.

CNN-3287.jpg The Festino Market in Filinvest City is now the biggest market of its kind in the south. Photo by KENNETH ABALLA

This year, the city's annual musical lights show is made even more enjoyable by the Festino Market, now the biggest market of its kind in the south. Unlike the typical market which limits itself to food and drink, Festino also includes local beauty brands, boutique retailers, and automotive giants.

The resulting experience is immersive, as one can go for a test drive in a Mini or a Vespa or join one of the arts and crafts workshops, all while enjoying the music from the country's top musicians. The lineup for coming Saturdays include Spongecola, Urbandub, Ebe Dancel, Sandwich and Itchyworms.

Head to Filinvest City and experience the “Sparkle of Christmas” for yourself, and share the experience with your friends and family. After all, what does the holiday season mean if not shared with those nearest and dearest to us all?

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The “Sparkle of Christmas” at Filinvest City runs every Fridays to Sundays, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, visit the Filinvest City facebook page.

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