The COD Christmas show now in Greenhills
I remember when I was a child (like 10-15 years ago) my dad used to take the family to Cubao to buy toys as our christmas gifts, but what I remember most is the automated christmas show. People would gather up the streets of Cubao, facing up the facade of the famous COD department store, the stage where the ultimate “Christmas Show” would start. As a child I was really in awe of those moving robots, the lightshow, music and especially those flying spaceships! Just wow! It has been somewhat a tradition for us to see what COD has in their sleeves. And I think it was really popular back then that a lot of commercial brands started sponsoring the event and would plaster their banners on every contraption of the stage. Somehow, after the years (maybe because of those commercial banners) the show just wasn’t that good anymore. A few years back I was saddened to hear that they have decided to shut the “Christmas Show” down, since COD could no longer fund it.
Improved animatronics and setting
Now, fortunately, with Greenhill’s plan to revive its lot, they rescued this “animated heritage” and found it’s new home in Greenhills shopping center. Still in part with COD, the automated mechanical show still has the magic it has before. And what’s better, those advertisements are gone. This year’s theme is “Christmas Carnival“, and the light show and animatronics looks great. You have to see this dancing girl on stage! And what’s better I think this time around is the setting is the Tiangge. Their goods are really cheap.
The new look of Greenhills shopping center
More on Greenhills this time, I was surprised a month ago when college friends of mine decided to hold a mini-reunion there, and found that so much has changed. New stores line up by the shopping center and ViraMall is being renovated. If I’m not mistaken, this mall holds the most record of mall fires on it’s top floor. Can’t wait to see how they’ll restructure this.
Promenade mall, the city’s newset hang out.
The “Promenade” is a nice new hangout. The “Fully Booked” store there is huge, book lovers would consider this as their new haven. Haven’t tried their “movie house” yet though. I must also commend them on making transportation back home much easier and accessible. Yet despite this new Greenhills, you can’t still avoid those “Boss DVD” or “Boss X” people who still lurks on deep corners. Yeah this is still the ol’ Greenhills I know.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.