A Flood of Lights in the Urban Jungle Makati

Every Christmas, hundreds of visitors flock the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Ayala Center Makati to experience the world-class Lights and Sound show organized by Ayala Land with different sponsors every year. They usually run from the second week of November to first week of January. Fortunately, I was able to capture this year’s lights and sound show before it closes its curtains on Sunday. Feast your eyes with the amazing moods of lights in this annual festival of lights and sound.

The strong red lights excite the spectators for what show to expect in the next 15 minutes. The show runs at about 15 minutes with a mix of common Filipino and English Christmas songs.

The cool cyan and blue colors calm your soul as you enjoy the soothing sound of Christmas songs with your loved ones. It is free and accessible to all who wants to enjoy this visual feast.

Never forget your children when you visit the Triangle. It is definitely created for adults and children to let them feel that the best things in life are free and are spent with family.

It is an oasis in the concrete jungle Makati and a larger urban jungle Metro Manila. The theme in the redevelopment of Makati Central Business District is “Make it Makati”. Aside from the annual lights and sound show, Ayala Center will soon be rebranded as a shopping mecca, urban tourism, and global city in the country. 

Violet is a color of royalty, power, imagination and dreams. It perfectly resembles people in working in Makati who never stopped learning to conquer new heights, discover the unexplored wonders of their dream, and the neverending motivation to pursue perfection.

If there’s one color that can represent the real need of the people, it should be green. It is the color of life, clean air, sustainable environment, and an assured healthy future to today’s children.

The spectrum of red to violet reflecting from the fountain reminds me of Lincoln Memorial Park’s Reflecting Pool. The reflection, lights, arc, and the buildings produce a backdrop of a story of an urban area creating a space to make itself a liveable community.

The bright red color creates an exciting view of the place filled with different colors of light.

Who wouldn’t want to experience the lights and sounds amazed without shedding out a single centavo?

The Tower One serves as the home office of several corporations and business firms. It also happened to be the trading floor of Philippine Stock Exchange for many years.

This is the spectrum of heat and warmth – yellow red orange and violet. May the warmth of care and love be your protection from the stiff coldness of hatred and pain.

I hope you enjoyed the feast of lights as I enjoyed taking them. I’m excited what will be their new creativity this year. 

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Your Legit Comfort and Recovery Food. Goto Monster.

I always think that food is a gift to mankind. Aside from water, air, fire and life forms (Encantadia? Lol) seen as basic needs to survival of man, food is the basic need to growth of man. As a matter of fact, I have religiuosly followed that concept thus made me continuously grow as what I am today. Nonetheless, I visit food shops and gastro places in my best capacity – time, mood, weather, and company. I think I’m gonna be posting all my food stories here in my blog every now and then for us to understand the geography of food in the metro.
First stop



Best-seller : Goto Special
Best feature: accessible and 24/7

Bet tagline: Familiar Taste, Unique Menu

Seated along the humble street of Primo de Rivera and a few steps to Pablo Ocampo Sr. St. which makes it semi-frontage to highway. Okay enough of the wordings. Here’s the map.

vicinity map of Makati
It’s around 30 minutes from EDSA on a normal day and 15 minutes when you visit there on a Sunday dusk. It gives you a neighborhood tapsilogan type with a twist in their menu.
True to their word that “tastes are familiar but menus are unique”.


Their menu is based on Filipino dishes with goto as the star of them all. You want a legit tapsilog, or bangsilog, or longsilog or even pusitsilog? In the hustle and bustle concrete jungle of Makati, they have it.


Their goto has familiar ingredients but never-heard mixes, such as – goto with itlog na maalat or goto with bagnet. You are vegan? No problem, their fresh spring rolls got you covered.  It’s a unique spring roll partnered with three sauces – peanut sauce, pesto oil, and chili. You want a spring roll with meat? Put a bagnet inside it. They also have it.


After munching their menu, you must be obliged to take their (again) unique menu but familiar tastes. Their bibingka waffles, banana chocnut and champorado special are your Episode 10’s in an epic Episode 9 of your meal. Best finale.


This place is perfect when you feel like eating good food – I mean a well-thought, resto-ish, artisanal food in a less stiff environment. This is a perfect departure from the corporate setting of Makati in terms of price and ambience yet maintaining the preparation, taste, and presentation as if you are in the posh Central Business District gastroplace.


As for the price, their star – goto special will cost at 95 pesos only. Silog meals start at 120 pesos. Desserts start at 50 pesos. See?! It’s a steal. Whether you crave for a Pinoy food in the middle of sleeping CBD, like around 3AM, or you need a recovery food from a walwalan night out, or just simply want a walk foodtrip somewhere in Makati, Goto Monster is there to accept you.