SM City Tar­lac un­veils in­spir­ing Be­lenisimo en­try

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News -

TAR­LAC CITY - SM City Tar­lac’s en­try to this year’s Be­lenisimo show­cases not only a dis­play that pleases the eyes, but like­wise re­freshes the spirit.

SM Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Shiela Mae Macaraeg-So­lis said the en­try’s back­drop is in­spired by church win­dows, re­flect­ing the de­vo­tion of Filipinos.

The multi-col­ored pan­els, 16 to 20 feet high, re­fracts light, adding a whole new di­men­sion to the dis­play.

The dis­carded stained glass pan­els were sourced from dif­fer­ent churches in Lu­zon.

Aug­ment­ing some pan­els and mend­ing bro­ken ones, the na­tiv­ity scene made use of one of Tar­lac’s main pro­duce—sugar.

The melted-then-hard­ened crys­tals re­sulted to faux glass pan­els.

The Holy Fam­ily, the Three Kings, and the an­gel were swathed in tex­tured fab­rics, which added to the ap­peal of the dis­play.

Note­wor­thy is the sina­may fab­ric— an indige­nous ma­te­rial made from abaca—that was wo­ven in the sa­cred char­ac­ters’ clothes.

The im­ages of Mary, Joseph and the in­fant Je­sus were also vir­tu­ally brought to life through ro­bot­ics.

So­lis added that the base of the plat­form on which the dis­play sits upon was made of more than 3,000 re­cy­cled glass bot­tles, which re­flects light from the stained glass pan­els.

The plat­form was wrapped with hun­dreds green flow­ers hand­crafted from the col­lected 10,000 pieces of green plas­tic bot­tles through the Trash to Cash ini­tia­tive of the mall.

The re­cy­cled pieces sym­bol­ize the sim­plic­ity and hu­mil­ity of Je­sus Christ when He was born.

The na­tiv­ity scene also dis­plays four trans­la­tions of the “Prayer be­fore the Be­len” in English, Filipino, Ka­pam­pan­gan, and Ilo­cano.

The 32-foot be­len is a grand show­case of the ver­sa­til­ity of indige­nous ma­te­ri­als as well as re­cy­cled ones.

It is also the tan­gi­ble tes­ti­mony of the hard work in­vested by 30 artistswho worked to­gether for a month to craft this hol­i­day dis­play.

The be­len is open for view­ing and photo ses­sions from Novem­ber 5 un­til the Epiphany of 2019. (Zaldy Co­manda)

BE­LENISIMO - SM City Tar­lac un­veils its vis­ually and spir­i­tu­ally in­spir­ing en­try to the an­nual Be­lenisimo, where the most cre­ative na­tiv­ity scenes are ex­hib­ited. The en­try is made of re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles, dis­carded stained glass win­dows from churches and other indige­nous ma­te­ri­als. (Zaldy Co­manda)

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