Last December 11, the entire Ortigas community gathered at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium in UA&P to witness the awarding ceremony of Belenistas de Ortigas 2013.
Bagging top prize, the Philippine Stock Exchange Centre strategically placed the larger-than-life Belen on their rotonda, using the elegant and colorful fountain as a backdrop.
Second place went to Ortigas & Company L.P. Building located at Sapphire Road. Their Belen has a unique twist: instead of the usual shepherds and wise men, children playing instruments surrounded the Holy Family. Third place was garnered by OAC Realty Building along San Miguel Avenue, who utilized local products like walis and banig in their design.
In his message during the awarding ceremony, University President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano made special mention of the collective cancellation of different office parties who chose to donate their allotted budget to the victims of Yolanda. But, he added, Filipinos cannot easily cancel Christmas.
“Just a few twinkling lights, a cool breeze, carols sung off-key by street kids— that is enough to spark the spirit of Christmas in our hearts. And, walking around Ortigas Center, we have something special— our belens,” he said.
Now on its third year, the competition had ten buildings vying for the top spot in making the most creative outdoor Belen around Ortigas Center. For this year, the theme was “Sapat nang si Hesus ang kasama mo, tuloy na tuloy pa rin ang Pasko!” It perfectly reflected the hope that prevails amidst the trying times the country is currently going through.
Other buildings that participated in Belenistas de Ortigas 2013 were The Taipan Place, Raffles Corporate Center, Jollibee Plaza, Emerald Building (all located at F. Ortigas Jr. Road), San Miguel Properties Center (St. Francis Road), and Gold Loop Towers (St. Josemaria Escriva Drive). Non-competing Belens are also put up by Ortigas Center Association, Inc. (Garnet Road), Barangay San Antonio (Doña Julia Vargas Avenue) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (Pearl Drive). All Belens will be on display until January 12, 2014.
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