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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Christmas village goes iconic
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Some of the most iconic edifices in the world float on clouds in Bacolod’s famous Christmas village, now on its 19th year run, that is set to open on December 1.

They are the new twists to artist-designer Bamboo Tonogbanua’s Christmas Village at his ancestral home at San Juan Street in Bacolod City this year, along with numerous miniature vintage cars, a 1950 New York diner section, and bigger human figures going about their Christmas chores.

Every Christmas, Tonogbanua brings something new to his village that keeps it entertaining even for those who have seen it many times before. Every year, you know the holidays have truly started when his village opens to the public to bring Christmas cheer.

Among the many miniature iconic edifices Tonogbanua has put on clouds in his village this year are the White House, Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building of the United States, Taj Mahal of India, Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe of France, Sydney Opera House of Australia, and the London Bridge and Big Ben of London.

The 10-foot high Christmas Village, from its iconic buildings in the sky to its earthbound objects in a six by eight meter room, now has thousands of miniature objects on display.

Tonogbanua, who has a passion for collecting miniature objects, finds joy in using them to create numerous little communities representing different countries of the world in his village, as well a fairyland section near snow-covered mountains.

Music from various sections of the village keep the mood lively, along with thousands of blinking lights from hundreds of miniature Christmas trees.

There are also skaters on skating rinks, Ferris wheels, parachute drops, saucer and tornado rides, and ski drops in constant motion, that keep him forever a kid, Tonogbanua said.

And amid all the festivities, Tonogbanua has placed five miniature nativity scenes in various parts of the village to mark the birth of Jesus and to remind visitors why the world celebrates Christmas.*CPGomez

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