Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Manila Christmas, Everyone!

Robinson's Galleria

The Philippines, once known as "the sick man of Asia", posted the second strongest annual economic growth in Asia of 7.1 percent in the third quarter, lagging only China and outpacing the 6.2 percent expansion of Southeast Asia's biggest economy, Indonesia. This was from a Reuters report by Rosemarie Francisco. "There is no denying it, the Philippines is having a fantastic year despite strong global headwinds," HSBC said in a note to investors. There is good news all around. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Elsewhere, Filipinos have been showing the world what they can do. Singer Bruno Mars is relentless with his chartbusting hits. Janine Marie Tugonon proved that Filipinas are world class beauties - with brains!, winning 1st runner up at the recent Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held in Las Vegas - where, of course, she should have won. Her answer was a clear winner compared to Miss USA's mediocre answer. Filipina beauties have been making it to the Top 5 of every international Beauty Pageants for the last 10 years or so. The guys do equally well. Andrew Wolfe won 1st runner up at the Mr. World Male Pageant held in London. And June Macasaet took the champ's trophy at the Manhunt International 2012. Nonito Donaire, Philippines' other boxing superstar, won his  championship belt in boxing. Sure, Manny Pacquiao suffered his first loss in a long time, but look how he picked himself up. This Superstar pugilist shows how inspirations are made when he moved on as fast as he got knocked down cold in the ring - and this underlines the resilience of the Filipino spirit. Pacquiao's loss may have been devastating (and almost personal) for his countrymen, but he has moved on - and so have we. In time, the victims of Typhoon Pablo will rise from the tragedy of calamity. 

Here are a few photos from some of the places I frequent in Metro Manila. Though I don't carry my "usual" camera with me, thank heavens for phone cams. You have to pardon the quality, but here's wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas, everyone. May we not forget the blessings we've received this year, and may we be grateful for them. May God bless all the kind souls and the broken hearted, the innocent minds, the physically and emotionally sick and the lost souls, including those who continue to suffer. God bless all of us. Lastly, let's not forget to share what we have! Only then can we truly be blessed.

Happy Holidays!

This is the Eye in the Manila Sky!

Power Plant Mall at the Rockwell Center in Makati

Power Plant Mall

Power Plant Mall

Edsa Shangrila Mall in Mandaluyong City

Identifiable Floating Objects at the Shangrila

Edsa Shangrila Mall

Rustan's glittery wonderland tree. This photo doesn't give justice to its beauty.
Thousands of toys and gift ideas gathered at the activity hall of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. 

At a garden between Greenbelt 3 and 5.

A white tree in Greenbelt 5.

An angel playing with balls in Greenbelt 3.

Odd, but beautiful Christmas Trees at the Calvin Klein shop.  

Between Greenbelt 4 and 5

Greenbelt 5

Palm trees bathed in lights at Greenbelt 3. Watching movies here.

Blue, but nonetheless Happy Christmas at the lobby of Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City


NRIGirl said...

Merry Christmas @Eye! Lovely pictures!

eye in the sky said...

@ NRIGirl:

Merry Christmas, my friend. All the best this season.

Freedom said...

Merry Christmas :) Have a great time! And thank you for continous great posts

eye in the sky said...

Hi Nat,

Merry Christmas! Wishing you more great travels. Enjoying your Japan posts. Take care and be safe always. :)

Mom with a Dot said...

Christmas sure is prettier on your part of the world, it seems :) :) The streets are decked out here, but the malls aren't half as plush. Hopefully, this New Year will 'beef' up our economy :) Happy Hols!

eye in the sky said...

Thanks. And a Merry Christmas to you too. My country's Christmas season stretches long - from after Halloween until the 1st week of January. :)

Trotter said...

Hi Eye! Hope you are having a great season! Sorry for the absence, but 2012 was definitely a difficult year here in Portugal, and even worse for me...
Wish you a very Happy 2013, and enjoy Grenada in Blogtrotter Two!

eye in the sky said...

@ Trotter:

It's always a pleasure hearing from you, Gil. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am always hopeful so I know you will have a great 2013. :)