A home­com­ing

Tempo - - Entertainment -

A CHRIST­MAS tra­di­tion comes alive again this Yule­tide sea­son and re­turns to the place it has called home since the mid-60s.

The Christ­mas On Dis­play (COD), formerly known as Manila C.O.D., will once again wow chil­dren and adults alike with a story of Christ­mas and com­ing home all told through an­i­ma­tron­ics dis­play at the Times Square Food Park, Araneta Cen­ter.

The mov­ing Christ­mas dis­play has been at­tract­ing au­di­ences of all ages since it be­came a fix­ture on the fa­cade of the Manila C.O.D. De­part­ment Store in Araneta Cen­ter be­gin­ning 1966.

The brain­child of Mr Alex Rosario, Sr., the re­turn of the an­i­mated Christ­mas dis­play to its orig­i­nal home is wel­comed by many for sen­ti­men­tal rea­sons.

Ac­cord­ing to his son Rey Rosario, the CEO and pres­i­dent of Rosario An­i­mated Dis­play, his de­ceased fa­ther would be re­ally happy to know that the COD has fi­nally been able to re­turn to its orig­i­nal home af­ter clos­ing in 2002.

As such, this year’s COD theme of “Christ­mas Comes Home” is truly ap­pro­pri­ate.

“Masaya ako na naiba­lik na dito sa Araneta Cen­ter ang Christ­mas on Dis­play. It’s a very nice feel­ing. It has al­ways been

home to us,” the younger Rosario said.

The COD was launched Nov. 23 in its new area in Araneta Cen­ter known as the Times Square Food Park at the cor­ner of Times Square and Gen. Roxas Av­enues, a stone’s throw away from its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion. The food park, since 2017, has been the site of the iconic 100-foot gi­ant Christ­mas tree that is at the cen­ter of yet an­other tra­di­tion within the bustling com­mer­cial district – the an­nual Gi­ant Christ­mas Tree Light­ing.

“Araneta Cen­ter is re­ally a des­ti­na­tion for peo­ple from all walks of life cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas in this part of Metro Manila. We have lots of ac­tiv­i­ties and sur­prises to thrill our cus­tomers, start­ing of course with our iconic gi­ant Christ­mas tree,” An­to­nio T. Mardo, Araneta Cen­ter’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Op­er­a­tions, said.

Free to the pub­lic, the COD can now be watched within the safe en­clo­sure of the food park, each night at around 6 pm un­til Jan. 6, with each show run­ning for about 20 min­utes with 15-minute breaks.

COD dis­play at Araneta Cen­ter

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