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Sustainable Christmas tree of light unveiled in Manila

Bro. Mike Valenzuela, FSC and DLS-CSB president Brother Dennis Magbanua (front) together with (back) VP for Lasallian mission and student life Neil Parinas, Center for Campus art director Architect Gerry Torres and VP for advancement Robin Serrano

MANILA, Philippines — Breaking with tradition, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) established a radically designed Christmas tree to challenge the public’s notion of the holidays. The Yuletide icon named the Tree of Light ushered in the school’s traditional celebration for the season of Advent.

The six-meter-high platform will be made of 2x2 strips of wood, more popularly known as dos por dos, stacked one atop another and fastened with screws on a grid. The tips are randomly painted with red and green, both to signify the season, and to reflect Benilde’s colors, while a floodlight illuminates the structure at night for the duration of the holidays.

Architecture students and Christmas tree of light designers Ira Yap and Chai Cabanez with Bro. Dennis Magbanua


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