One of the amazing features of Manila that hit me even before I arrived happened the moment that I stepped aboard the plane last week for it was then that I noticed the mood music resonating throughout the plane. It wasn’t a country ‘theme’ song (as we would have on a Qantas plane broadcasting I Still Call Australia Home). On Philippines Airlines there were Christmas carols. It didn’t register heavily then (I was more intent on hoping that I had an empty seat next to me – It wasn’t). But over my days and nights in Manila it certainly did. There were Christmas carols playing everywhere, in shops, toilets (puts a whole new meaning to tinkling), street loud-speakers, the car radio (it seemed that the radio station was ONLY playing carols – interspersed with the obilgatory advertisement of course), and of course the malls. But it wasn’t just carols setting the mood.
When I saw the lights (the Christmas lights of Manila), they are everywhere, and they are absolutely stunning … now that was mood setting. Like these:
A mall entrance with the Nutcracker and Ballerina
the other side (this is near a car park entrance at a mall) was better with Santa’s sleigh and MORE
AMAZING shop windows – more spectacular at night.
They do Christmas on a grand scale in Manila. The folks there told me that Christmas starts for them in September (and I thought our house was early with November 25 decorations!) So of course we just had to start getting our decorations up at our house on time here but they are rather more subdued!
No decos in these Jeepneys but there were some lit up and decorated like a Christmas tree!
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]