christmas

<span>Light operators inspect the glittering giant lanterns during the Ligligan Parul Festival at the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province. As many as 5,000 bulbs are used to produce each lantern's marvelous effect.</span>
<span>Potted poinsettias in full bloom during the Christmas season are sold at Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. </span>
<span>While his mother shops for holiday decor at the Dapitan Arcade in Manila, 2-year old Enrique seems transfixed by a traditional "parol," the Filipino's version of the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the infant Jesus on the first Christmas.</span>
<span>The University of the Philippines opens the Christmas season with the unveiling of Toym Imao's installation "Budyong." In line with the theme “Himig ng Diliman,” the Oblation was designed to be surrounded by lantern elements that take the shape of a conch shell or a “budyong” that is used as a horn, an instrument that dates back to the pre-colonial era.</span>
<span>Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati has been transformed into a magical blaze of lights and sounds of Christmas.</span>
<span>A peacock-shaped "belen" (Nativity scene) is among over 60 on display at theis year's "Belenisimo sa Tarlac" in Tarlac City.</span>
<span>Budget shoppers and sidewalk vendors take over the main road in Divisoria, Manila, as vehicles are relegated to side streets. Tired of "anarchy" in the popular shopping center, Mayor Joseph Estrada  has ordered the city police's SWAT unit to reinforce the task force in charge of maintaining order in the area.</span>
<span>The University of Sto. Tomas Main Building is lit up using 3D mapping projecting the story of Jesus in Bethlehem and showing colorful moving lanterns during the annual UST Paskuhan , December 18, 2015. The event is the culmination of the university-wide Christmas activities in UST.</span>
<span>A Star City worker adjusts the lighted balls dotting the theme park's Christmas tree. Theme parks are a favorite hangout for Filipino families who often spend their holiday break inside shopping malls and in public parks where they can enjoy the glitter and glitz of the holidays in a communal setting.</span>
<span>A newly lit installation by artist Toym Imao gives the Oblation on the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City a colorful Yuletide look. Imao designed the "Pagiilaw" to usher in the Christmas season at the UP community during a ceremonial lighting on Nov. 27. </span>
<span>Artificial trees on the median of Lawton Avenue in Pasay City are aglow with different colors, as central business districts in Metro Manila come up with colorful Christmas sceneries to make them stand out and attract people, especially shoppers, at night.</span>