I have a secret coping mechanism when it comes to the hellish Edsa traffic. It’s a most therapeutic formula.
Of course, there’s Waze which sends you snaking into the innards of this busiest organ of Metro Manila. But when you’re not in a Waze-adventure mood and just feel like surrendering to the snail-paced traffic—you’re stuck, in short—you simply should know how to zone out.
I look at the far end of the horizon and chances are, I will see the lit outlines of those buildings—those stark yet soft silhouettes painted against the sky. And I know that I will be home soon—somehow.
Like a beacon or the lighthouse of old beckoned the sailor lost at sea, the sight of Rockwell buildings that are silhouetted in light lures your mind out of the limbo that is traffic—into the reassuring feeling that you’re almost home.
The lit silhouettes of Rockwell buildings have become the signature image of Christmas for many traffic-weary motorists, not only Rockwell residents. The idea of outlining the buildings in Duralight was indeed a masterstroke. This ingenious detail, we believe, was introduced by Rockwell Land president Nestor “Tong” Padilla, a very hands-on leader.
This 15-hectare mixed-use development in the center of the metropolis is homey, and especially so at Christmas.
The place is cozy but bright, warm yet shiny, chic yet happy. That’s the feeling you get when you walk its streets, shop in its mall, hang out in the restaurants.
Aside from the buildings traced in rope lights, there are the red poinsettias, the giant hanging wreaths in the malls, the amber Christmas trees. (I get amused by the nodding bears but I must admit, I am not their target demographic, no longer.)
I love how Rockwell sticks to traditional red for Christmas and other warm happy hues. After all, Christmas is traditional, your comfort zone, not a glam event.
When we asked a regional director of a luxury brand, who visits Metro Manila occasionally, what he loved about Philippine Christmas, he said, “It’s happy,” and without prodding, added, “I love the Rockwell decor, those red wreaths.”
Coming from a jaded luxury brand executive, that is indeed a compliment.
At the Power Plant, listening to piano classics has become the relaxing part of your day. The veteran pianists have grown familiar with the mall-goers.
As you go up the driveway at the end of the day, the Christmas tree covered with specks of amber light looms larger and larger before you.
At that very moment, you know you’re home.
In feeling this, I am not alone.
Here’s what friends say about Christmas at Rockwell:
“What I like most about Christmas at Rockwell is how all the buildings are lit up and how there is always an air of festivity every night, whether you are at Power Plant or just walking around the area.” —Bobby Garcia, theater director
“I love that all the buildings are wrapped in LED lights during the holidays. It’s my sight coming home from work.” —Cat Lopez-Uy, resident
“Christmas at Rockwell is the best! You’re surrounded by friends and family who constantly make sure that the holiday season remains hassle- and stress-free for you. And, our Christmas lights are simply breathtaking!” —Monette Mapa, resident