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Giant Christmas tree ushers in holidays at the heart of Araneta City

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2019 11:15 AM

One of the best known reminders that the holidays are just around the corner is the giant Christmas tree at the Araneta City (formerly Araneta Center) in Quezon City. 

On Friday night, the tree was lit in ceremonies that gathered spectators at the the Times Square Food Park. Araneta matriarch Stella Araneta, actress Anne Curtis and Binibining Pilipinas title holders graced the event. 

The crowd, young and old alike, marveled at the 100-foot Christmas tree adorned with 750 pieces of 9-foot pine garlands; diamond ornaments, 250 cascading lights, sputnik and strobe lights, and over 1,500 Christmas balls in silver, gold and teal.

The event served as a platform for the Araneta Group to renew its commitment to give back and help those in need. In partnership with the J. Amado Araneta Foundation, the company pledged support to UNICEF's Alternative Learning System (ALS) for out-of-school youth.

Celebrities join Stella Marquez Araneta and Binibining Pilipinas title holders at lighting ceremonies for Araneta City's giant Christmas tree, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Visitors react as they view the iconic Araneta City giant Christmas tree during lighting ceremonies, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Visitors react as they view the iconic Araneta City giant Christmas tree during lighting ceremonies, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Celebrities join Stella Marquez Araneta and Binibining Pilipinas title holders at lighting ceremonies for Araneta City's giant Christmas tree, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Children watch in amazement as the giant Christmas tree at Araneta City lights up, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A young visitor captures the festivities with her cellphone at Araneta City, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People enjoy the light as they take pictures near the giant Christmas tree at Araneta City, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People take turns in having their photos taken by the giant Christmas tree at Araneta City, November 8, 2019 Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People take turns in having their photos taken by the giant Christmas tree at Araneta City, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People enjoy lighting ceremonies held for the iconic Araneta City giant Christmas tree, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A mother and child enjoy the moment together at lighting ceremonies for the Araneta City giant Christmas tree, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People take the opportunity to have their pictures taken under the Araneta City giant Christmas tree with Santa characters, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People take the opportunity to have their pictures taken under the Araneta City giant Christmas tree with Santa characters, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A Christmas tree stands tall at the heart of the Araneta City commercial district, November 8, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News