Araneta Center’s Giant Christmas Tree: Making the City of Stars Brighter Year after Year

Christmas is the most exciting season of the year, especially for Filipinos who are known to have the longest Yuletide celebration in the world. A Pinoy Christmas evokes all positive feelings – compassion, joy, hope and love. As they say, Christmas in the Philippines is more heartfelt.

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For 37 years now, the country’s largest and most populous city, Quezon City, has been the home of a 100-feet tall Christmas tree, the Araneta Center Giant Christmas tree. It started in 1981 and over the years, the tree has been set up in different locations around Araneta Center. Last year, it was moved to a bigger location, at the Times Square Food Park beside the Araneta Center Bus Station. More than 10,00 colorful and dancing light bulbs and over 1,000 balls adorned the tree which is 32.96 meters in diameter. Who would have thought that this spectacular tree had a humble beginning – it used to be made from straw! It was designed based on a real pine tree. Environment-friendly, the colossal tree uses recycled trimmings from the decorations of previous years. Celebrities and a number of Binibining Pilipinas beauty queens usually grace the tree-lighting ceremony, making it an exciting affair. Of course, a giant Christmas tree lighting would not be complete without the splattering and whizzing of glimmering fireworks… Indeed, the most wonderful time of the year has just begun.

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We Filipinos, celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. Whether we admit it or not, we look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion. We may have simple food on the table during Noche Buena, but the wonderful Christmas spirit is present, making the austere things in our life impressive and memorable. The Christmas tree, whether small or gargantuan like the Araneta Center’s, has always been a symbol of hope, compassion and giving. This Christmas, while we busy ourselves preparing for this year’s biggest festivity, let us not forget to say thank you for all the blessings we received – they are like the bells, candy canes and the assorted trimmings on our Christmas tree that reminds us of a wonderful life.

From the whole team of Locale City Guide, we wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

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