T’NALAK HOME’S FILIPINO-THEMED HOL­I­DAY DÉ­COR

Abreeza Mall and T’nalak Home teamed up in dress­ing up the mall in­te­rior for Christ­mas re­viv­ing the tra­di­tional Filipino dé­cor with a breath of nos­tal­gia.

Sun.Star Davao - - PULLOUT - BY JING­GOY I. SAL­VADOR jing­goysal­vador@yahoo.com

Steer­ing away from the West­ern-in­spired hol­i­day look, Abreeza Mall re­vives tra­di­tional Filipino dé­cor and breathes a nos­tal­gic vibe to the mall’s con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior.

The theme was con­ceived by Bambi Mañosa, daugh­ter of renowned ar­chi­tect Fran­cisco Mañosa, who took in­spi­ra­tion from the colour­ful art­works of Malang and Balde­mor and tra­di­tional Filipino cus­toms and games.

T’nalak Home ex­e­cuted the de­sign and made it re­gional. T’nalak Home in­fused pat­terns of Min­danao tribes into the com­po­nents of the dec­o­ra­tion. The re­sult, a fu­sion of tra­di­tional Filipino and Min­danao in the med­ley of colors, tex­tures, and shapes that sing to the tunes of the hol­i­day.

Hand­crafted pa­per in an ar­ray of prints and hues hug bam­boo parols and con­i­cal spires mim­ick­ing Christ­mas trees wel­come mall-go­ers at ev­ery en­trance. More parols like fall­ing stars drop from the ceil­ing at ev­ery turn, all of which di­rect to the mall’s high­light – a strik­ing Christ­mas tableau.

The cen­tral dis­play is breath­tak­ing. An ar­tis­ti­cally-ren­dered church façade and bell tower— fin­ished in stained glass pat­tern in vivid tints—de­liv­ers the mes­sage of “Sim­bang Gabi”. Its arch opens to path with clus­ters of bam­boos with parols, fes­tive ban­der­i­tas and rain­bow-col­ored benches. A “sungka” adds an in­ter­est­ing de­tail to the set-up.

Call­ing at­ten­tion is the unique 20-foot Christ­mas tree. A gi­ant cone of “amakan” (wo­ven bam­boo bark) sup­ported by bam­boo stalks is adorned with the clus­ters of parols and el­e­ments of Pi­noy tra­di­tional games— brightly-lit “sepak takraw” balls and “sipa” with multi-col­ored tufts.

The bot­tom part of the tree is open al­low­ing peo­ple to walk through it or pro­vide a per­fect spot for a pho­to­graph.

Star-shaped seats of “Bago-bago” vines in hol­i­day colors sur­round the tree’s base. It al­lows the viewer to sit while ad­mir­ing the “art in­stal­la­tion” or pro­vide respite for the weary shop­per and get en­er­gized by the Christ­mas spirit the dis­play ex­udes. Mak­ing the space more in­ter­est­ing are more Pi­noy games pieces in its larger pro­por­tions—a “trumpo’ (top), jack­stone and more “sipa”and “sepak takraw” wo­ven balls. At any an­gle, the set-up makes for an ideal “selfie” and In­sta­gram-wor­thy spot.

The “Awit at Laro”, a Filipino Christ­mas cel­e­brat­ing the spirit of play, is Abreeza Mall’s theme this year. It’s a mis­sion to en­lighten the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion to Filipino tra­di­tions they might be un­aware of while evok­ing nos­tal­gia in oth­ers.

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A Min­danao and Filipino Christ­mas vibe wel­comes mall guests

A gi­ant cone of “amakan” (wo­ven bam­boo bark) sup­ported by bam­boo stalks is adorned with the clus­ters of parols and el­e­ments of Pi­noy tra­di­tional games— brightly-lit “sepak takraw” balls and “sipa” with multi-col­ored tufts De­liv­er­ing the Sim­bang Gabi mes­sage while more parols and ban­der­i­tas add to the fes­tiv­ity of the sea­son

The Christ­mas tree in de­tail— arakan, parols of hand­made pa­per, bright-lit sepak takraw balls and col­or­ful sipas.

Min­danao cul­ture-in­fused Filipino Christ­mas by T’nalak Home for Abreeza Mall

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