For the fourth consecutive year, Belenistas de Ortigas once again managed to pepper the Ortigas community with massive belens that people can visit and marvel at their beauty.
Out of seven displays in competition for best belen, the Philippine Stock Exchange Center was awarded first place for their Higantes-inspired nativity scene located at Exchange Road last December 18.
First runner-up went to Ortigas and Company L.P. Bldg. located at Sapphire Road, which sported a minimalist belen, while second runner-up went to OAC Realty Bldg. at San Miguel Avenue with its belen made up of native materials such as coconut shells, banig, and sinamay cloth.
As one of the hosts, the University of Asia and the Pacific joined the non-competing category with a belen entry at the school’s Stella Orientis Oratory conceptualized by University President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano.
During his travels in Spain, Dr. Mariano was captivated by the belens scattered around town, thus becoming a belen devotee himself. Business World writes:
For a whole year, Mr. Mariano with a creative team from the school conceptualize the belen for the chapel. This year, the inspiration was a photo of a shanty in a newspaper during the aftermath of typhoon Glenda.
Read more about Belenistas de Ortigas in this article by Jasmine Agnes T. Cruz for Business World here.
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