I came from a blogging and Eat's a Date event somewhere in Marikina one evening of December 2011 and on my way home I happen to see this well-lit park in Ortigas, where Meralco head office is situated. I did not have second thoughts of paying a visit even if I am all alone. Besides I've been meaning to see how amazing it is inside. My first time! The first time my better half and I went here was too unsuccessful as the moment we enter the grassy area of the park all the lights turned off, signaling closing time. Oh no! Better luck next time :( Good thing I have plenty of time to pay this place a visit since I just live in San Juan which is definitely in close proximity to Ortigas area.
Equipped with a bridge camera and an iPad 2 I mustered to go inside all by myself. How I wish my close friends are with me that time. Maybe next time. There's a signage outside informing that it will be open to public from 6PM to 10PM on most dates of December. There's even a bazaar for all foodies and bargain shopping as Meralco's way of spreading the joy of Christmas.
As I entered the main gate where visitors must left an identification card in exchange of an entry pass, there was this Compound Map plotting where the important scenes and streets are which one should not dare miss.
A great guide for a first timer like me!
I have to choose which to see first the left side or the right side of the Meralco Compound? Hmmm.. I got to choose the right side first which took me on this site..
However, on the right side of the compound is where you can find this Christmas Village.
These Christmas houses are like real houses from afar, but you cannot get inside so as to preserve its structure. The kids roaming and horseplaying with their siblings are great to see enjoying and get awed at the site. I have no idea how many years Meralco has been doing this but I admire the people behind it for sharing the Liwanag ng Buhay to the rest of us. Kudos!
Still on this side is where Electric Train can be found. I waited for like a minute or two for it to stop and carry another set of passengers but the unlucky me was being told that it will undergo preventive maintenance that night and the batteries need to be replaced as soon as possible. (sigh!)
A gentle reminder posted beside the rail road crossing for those who will board the train.
STOP! A passenger like me never boarded this cute colorful Christmas train before (or I just cannot remember when was the last time). I missed the opportunity but worry no more as free shuttle service to wander around the compound is just around the corner. Exciting!
As I was queuing for the said free shuttle service, I keep admiring these tall trees lining the facade of the building. They so nice to behold. Life-like Christmas Tree indeed! The front part of the compound was covered with these giant gaudy trees.
After more than 10 minutes of waiting for the free shuttle ride that will roam around the Meralco compound, it passed by and ready to have a joy ride with us. It approximately carried 10-15 heads. Cool! The best things really in life is FREE! I was all alone but I never felt the emptiness and solitude ever that moment. I rode beside the driver wherein I had the opportunity to fell in love with the place and take plenty of shots and videos.Here are some of the shots I made. . . enjoy viewing!
On my way towards the exit I noticed this tarpaulin informing the public of the Christmas Outreach Program being managed by the One Meralco Foundation. It is one of their generous act of giving back to the community.
On my way to the exit point.
GOODBYE Liwanag Park! I shall return this 2012 for more fun and surprises! I had FUN!
FYI. Meralco Compound is right across the Shell station and Mc Donald's in Emerald Avenue and a short distance walk from Robinson's Galleria.