BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
A simultaneous Christmas lighting ceremony was held at The Upper East and the Northill Gateway in Bacolod City last night by property giant Megaworld to kick off its holiday event, “Balik Gugma sa Paskua.”
Leading the Christmas lighting ceremony at The Upper East were Bacolod Councilor Jason Villarosa, Tourism Officer Ma. Teresa Manalili, along with Juan Tormis, Jogie Viceo and Jennifer Palmares-Fong, Megaworld Visayas senior estate manager, township director, and vice president for sales and marketing, respectively.
“Coming from the highly celebrated hosting of The Upper East of some of the major events in this year’s MassKara Festival, we are happy to bring yet another exciting experience to the people of Bacolod. This holiday season, we want to honor the rich and colorful traditions we hold dear and keep alive, and hopefully pass on to the next generation,” Palmares-Fong said.
Prominently featured in The Upper East is a giant, 20-foot tall Christmas Tree in The Upper East Park depicting the Nativity scene and other Pinoy Christmas icons. At the foot of the tree are small mosaic houses, also illuminated by lights.
The refurbished BMMC train, an iconic attraction at the 2,200-square meter curated park, has been decorated with colorful Christmas lights, while the Glass Tent nearby that serves as The Upper East Showroom, was adorned with Christmas wreaths. Visitors can also look forward to experiencing a Christmas Bazaar featuring local delicacies and other goods, as well as Weekend Acoustic Nights and White Christmas snow blast activities.
Meanwhile, the iconic Bacolod Welcome Marker just outside Forbes Hill in Northill Gateway became even more welcoming, picture-worthy and festive-looking as a colorful featuring a lit-up sleigh and reindeer, complete with dancing Christmas trees and giant gift boxes were installed just below it.*