December 21, 2012


Aside from providing decorations for the campus for the Advent and Christmas seasons, the annual Christmas Parks project of the Ateneo de Manila University is meant to foster community, with the various offices and academic units building their own parks. As I mentioned in the bottlecap Nativity post, one of the requirements is to use recycled and indigenous materials. There is also a limit to the amount that each group could use to buy new materials, a sensitive and just requirement given that those same monies can be used for the many social outreach programs of the university. And to make sure that people do their best with the limited time and resources on their hands, the Christmas Parks was turned into a contest, with the grand prize being an amount bigger than the expense budget limit.
 Nativity scene of the Ateneo High School parents' Christmas Park One group, however, stated at the very start that they were going to build a Christmas Park but weren't going to join the contest—which basically meant that they were not going to limit their costs. The beautiful, delicate, life-size porcelain figurines alone probably cost more than the entire budget.
 Christmas Park of the Ateneo High School parents The group used indigenous products, though, with the most prevalent decorative item being coconut husks—on the ground and the ornaments on the tree. And while the members of the group chatted away and shouted directions from their picnic tables, their maids and drivers constructed and decorated the scene for them. I have to admit, there's a very big advantage to having a lot of money.


Tanya said...

what a gorgeous nativity!

George said...

This is a very beautiful nativity scene. Making it obviously required artistic talent as well as money.

Lowell said...

Yup, money trumps no money every time. Looks like a nice project and I like the fact they used indigenous items. I also like where you buy your Christmas cards!

Magia da Inês said...

Passei para uma visitinha.

º° ✿✿¸.•♪
"O segredo do Natal está dentro da gente, reflita e viva-o intensamente."

(⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Boa sexta-feira!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.


They certainly had a big advantage though it turned out quite beautiful! I also liked that they used indigenous materials. Your captures are lovely. Have a relaxing weekend and a safe, Happy Holiday!

Dina said...

Still, I like the bottle cap mosaic idea and result better.