Uptown Bonifacio, one of Megaworld Corporation’s flagship Township in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, embraced the arrival of the Christmas season with a grand tree lighting of its “Festive Filipino Christmas” holiday celebration attended by no less than the First Lady of the Philippines, Louise Araneta-Marcos last November 24.
Taguig City mayor Lani Cayetano also graced the event, which was made possible by a partnership with CulturAid, a distinguished non-profit organization championing the empowerment and preservation of indigenous communities.
The “Festive Filipino Christmas” showcased the intricate tapestry of local handcrafted creations, from weavers and artisans hailing from diverse communities across the Philippines. The heart of the celebration manifested in the form of a majestic 40-feet Christmas tree at the Uptown Mall Atrium, adorned with over a thousand woven ornaments and decorations crafted from locally-sourced materials. The towering spectacle pays homage to the skilled hands of indigenous communities in Lanao Del Sur, Marawi, Aklan, Iloilo, Albay, and La Union.
The bows and highlights embellishing the 40-ft tree were a testament to the deft craftsmanship of CulturAid’s artisans. Sinamay and abaca twine from Bicol formed exquisite accents, while the ticog wet grass banig, carefully curated from artisans in Mindoro, Aklan, Leyte, Negros Occidental, and Iloilo, added an extra layer of artistry. The mall itself was transformed into a canvas of cultural expression, with additional decorations and ornaments contributed by CulturAid’s partner communities from various provinces.
“This partnership with CulturAID is a testament to our unwavering commitment to celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines. We believe that the holiday season provides the perfect canvas to showcase the beauty of our traditions and foster meaningful connections within our community,” shared Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Head Graham Coates.
Guests were given the unique opportunity to support the weaving communities championed by CulturAID. The Threads That Unite Us booth, positioned on the Ground Floor of Uptown Mall, offered a curated selection of handwoven and handcrafted ornaments and products. Every purchase became a tangible endorsement of cultural sustainability and empowerment.
In the grandeur of Uptown Bonifacio’s Festive Filipino Christmas, a narrative unfolds – a story of cultural resilience, community empowerment, and the timeless beauty of indigenous artistry.