Meralco’s Bright Christmas

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day may have passed, but until the feast of the Epiphany or the Three Kings, (though they’re not actually kings but Magi or Wise Men) it still is a good excuse to still celebrate the Christmas season. And if you are looking for a place to celebrate the last days of the Christmas season, then you may consider visiting the Meralco Complex along Ortigas Avenue and check out the Liwanag Park.

For all evenings during this Christmas season until January 19, the area surrounding the Meralco headquarters has been converted into this mini theme park of sorts that is illuminated with hundreds of multicolored bright lights. After all, it’s not called Liwanag Park for nothing.

The Liwanag Park comprises of different areas which showcase the different aspects of Christmas and its celebration. One area of the park evokes a Western-inspired Christmas village, with a Christmas tree and a train to boot.

In contrast, another area in the park showcases a Filipino village.

Another part of the park has a more religious tone with a church facade outlined in lights and the figures representing the Magi.

Of course, no Christmas-themed park would be complete without a Nativity scene, which curiously also includes 3 figures which look like Meralco linemen.

If the park is not enough, one can also appreciate the lights decorating the Meralco building itself, especially the dancing lights, the Christmas signage and the huge Meralco parol in the center. And being an electric utility firm, that should be enough excuse for the company to go all out in lighting its place up during the season, a feat that can only be rivalled by a few like the Policarpio Street houses.

Other than the lights and the displays, Liwanag Park also serves as an opportunity for Meralco to showcase the work its been doing like providing electricity to far-flung areas in its franchise area (which not only includes Metro Manila but also nearby provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, as well as parts of Laguna, Quezon, Batangas, and Pampanga) as well as technologies it is supporting like solar power and electric vehicles.

interestingly, this electric vehicle takes the form of a tranvia, the electric-powered mass transport system Meralco operated in the prewar years

Admission to the park is free so do check it out while it is still open.

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