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    Bonifacio Shrine in Manila
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    In case you missed it, the kids need to miss out on the mall hopping this Christmas because of COVD-19. All 17 mayors of Metro Manila have said kids will not be allowed in malls based on medical opinion. 

    The Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and the Philippine Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) strongly recommended that kids remain home "to minimize the risk of getting infected and lower viral transmission."

    “The risk of acquiring COVID-19 both by children and other household members far outweigh the benefits of bringing children to shopping malls to celebrate the holiday season.”

    Christmas lights drive-thru in Metro Manila  

    So now that traditional family photo in front of a giant Christmas tree isn't happening, what can you do that doesn't involve another virtual activity? We recommend dropping or driving through these Christmas light displays in Metro Manila.

    Some options allow you to get out of the car. (Please abide by health protocols wherever you go and observe traffic rules.)

    The Christmas lights in Ayala Avenue, Makati City

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    You can always depend on Ayala Avenue being illuminated this time of the year. Taken Last November 29, 2020.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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    The columns are made of capiz.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    Dancing fountain at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila

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    The 157th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio last November 30 revealed a newly renovated Bonifacio Shrine in Manila.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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    Visitors were serenaded by a musical dancing fountain!
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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    U.P. Diliman's Parola

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    No Santa selfies, no problem at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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    UP Diliman's theme this year is “Abot-Kamay, Abot-Tanaw: Sulong sa Bago at Mas Mainam na Bukas,” which is dedicated to the frontliners and to victims of COVID-19.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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    UP Diliman's Christmas display is composed of ladders, human-shaped lanterns, and red poles.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    Light show at Cultural Center of the Philippines

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    The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) capped its 50th anniversary with a light projection and sound spectacle back in September.
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    We're hoping to see a light show at CCP this Christmas!
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    Giant Christmas tree display at Bonifacio High Street

    Each year, folks look forward to the giant Christmas tree along 28th Street in pedestrian-friendly Bonifacio High Street.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Bonifacio Global City

    Although it is a shopping center (no kids allowed), there is an outdoor park that runs through 30th Street. And on weekends, certain parts of 5th Avenue are closed to vehicles this December.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Bonifacio Global City
    Saw a Christmas display recently with the kids? Share them with us in the comments!
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