Christmas 2016 – Belen (San Juan City), Part I

My second favorite city in Metro Manila, San Juan City, started decorating its main streets with Christmas ornaments last week. The two-dimensional Christmas trees sprouted like mushrooms along Pinaglabanan, three-dimensional angels tooting their trumpets occupy their strategic positions in the park and giant parol (Christmas lanterns) make downtrodden Meralco posts look livelier.

The inside and outside of San Juan City Hall are also much more colorful nowadays. There are Christmas trees weighed down by various embellishments, reindeer and wrapped gifts in the corridors. However, outside is where the coups de grâce is. A life-size model of belen (Nativity) is displayed on the ground in front of the San Juan City Hall. The figures look nice in daytime, but they look better under the spotlight after dusk.

Here are some photos of the San Juan City belen:

Jesus Christ in the manger with Joseph and Mary looking at him.

Jesus Christ in the manger with Joseph and Mary looking at him.

The manger scene

The manger scene

The three wise men visit Jesus Christ

The three wise men visit Jesus Christ

Other visitors of Jesus Christ. Note the donkey in the far left of the photo. It has the best expression in the bunch.

Other visitors of Jesus Christ. Note the donkey in the far left of the photo. It has the best expression in the bunch.

These four vendors are in the left side of the Nativity display

These four vendors are in the left side of the Nativity display

Close-up of the male vendor

Close-up of the male vendor

Close-up of the female vendor. The emotera award goes to her.

Close-up of the female vendor. The emotera award goes to her.

Next to the vendors are these figures.

Next to the vendors are these figures.

The clay pot sellers

The clay pot sellers

Going back to my favorite part of the Nativity scene, the donkey, who looks better up close. :)

Going back to my favorite part of the Nativity scene, the donkey, who looks better up close. 🙂

For photos of the San Juan City life-size belen in daytime, please read this.

For more nativity scene, please read The Spirit of Bethlehem, Part I.

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