Come and Visit Meralco’s “Liwanag Park” This Yuletide


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The giant belen is the highlight attraction of Liwanag Park at the Meralco Compound.

It is indeed the season to be blessed and share the love and happiness of Christmas! Yours truly was among recently invited to witness the annual lighting of a very popular compound. It was made memorable since it was my very fist time to witness such joyous event!

In keeping with its annual Maliwanag ang Pasko tradition, the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) once again opened the Liwanag Park to the public with a lighting ceremony held earlier this month at the company’s headquarters in Ortigas, Pasig City with fireworks to the awe of everyone present.

The whole Meralco compound literally lit up on cue when Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, along with other Meralco executives, pushed the button signalling the opening of the park, which in recent years has been a popular Christmas destination in Metro Manila.

2015 Meralco Lighting Ceremony

Fireworks and thousands of small lights lit up the night sky, celebrating the Christmas season at Meralco.

Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro also graced the lighting ceremony and received, on behalf of DepEd, a donation of 2,000 solar lamps from Meralco employees, partners and customers. The donation is the result of One Meralco Foundation’s “One Child, One Lamp” campaign launched in November to raise funds to donate solar lamps to public schools in mountain and island villages without electricity.

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Meralco Liwanag Park visitors had the chance to have their photos taken with Meralco athletes like James and Phil Younghusband.

Public officials and community leaders from the municipalities in the Meralco franchise area were also present during the ceremony. Earlier, they received recognition from One Meralco Foundation for their contribution to the foundation’s Household Electrification Program which brings electricity to low income families within the Meralco business area. Since 2007, the program has energized more than 15,000 families.

The Meralco Liwanag Park

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Families can enjoy Meralco Liwanag Park’s other attractions like this train ride.

Among the park’s many features are Christmas figures and a gigantic tableau of the nativity scene made entirely of scrap copper wires. Visitors may hitch on a ride via a miniature train, reminiscent of the days when rail operations were a part of the company’s vast portfolio of businesses (Thus, the “R” in the MERALCO acronym which stands for “Rail”). The train’s tracks circle a giant Christmas tree which is decorated with lanterns crafted from old electric meter covers and LED lights. Another attraction, especially for the kids and die-hard action movie fans, are two large robots fabricated from parts of decommissioned Meralco service vehicles and basket trucks.

The park also houses a night bazaar where visitors can go shopping for clothes, gift items, food products, among others. Proceeds of the bazaar will go to One Meralco Foundation’s “One Child, One Lamp” campaign which aims to provide solar lamps to students in public schools without electricity.

The Meralco Liwanag Park is open every day from 4:00pm to 10:00pm until January 10, 2016.

So don’t miss this invite and see you there! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year 2016 to us all! 

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