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CeleBright the return of the giant Christmas Tree in SM By The Bay

CeleBright the return of the giant Christmas Tree in SM By The Bay

Firefly asks Filipinos to celebrate Christmas as one nation


Filipinos love Christmas. Carols start playing, and parols start blinking all over on September 1st,  marking the start of the longest holiday season in the world. Back with such sweet vengeance after a two-year hiatus due to Covid, Firefly returns with a brighter and merrier Christmas starting with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event at SM By The Bay on November 11.  

Firefly, makers of high-quality, safe, and affordable lighting and fixtures, finds this spot perfect for its much-anticipated comeback. Facing the glorious expanse of the Manila Bay, with the SM  Mall of Asia as backdrop, the 70-foot Christmas tree will stand tall bearing its message to millions of Filipinos that flock to this spot every year: CeleBright New Beginnings as One  Country.

The Firefly 70-foot Christmas Tree at SM By The Bay

The Firefly Christmas Tree is a majestic testimony to the call to action for every Filipino to unite in spirit for the Philippines. “We are happy that Filipinos are again able to go out and physically be with family and friends. It has been hard for people to be away from loved ones, especially during Christmas. With this Firefly Christmas Tree lighting, we want to bring back that warm and happy feeling of being with our families during this season. As Filipinos with large families,  we love our big family celebrations. To make it bigger and brighter, Firefly commissioned famed celebrity and artist Solenn Heusaff to design this year’s Christmas Tree,” says Ray  Encomienda of Firefly. 

Ray Encomienda, Category Manager - Firefly

Celebrity artist Solenn Heussaff shares the design concept and essence of the Firefly Christmas Tree. “The design is centered around unity,  reflection, and hope. The last 2 years are full of people whose selflessness to help others inspires us to do the same. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, and it’s time for us to reflect and reassess our lives. Lastly, we are a hopeful tribe. Filipinos are always looking  forward, always working to make a better tomorrow.” 

The Christmas Tree is bursting with symbolisms. The Christmas Star and the diamonds on the  tree top drew inspiration from the three stars and the sun of the Philippine Flag. These sources  of light guide us all. It also reflects the strength the Filipino people draw from each other when  united.  

The unique and dazzling parols represent the colorful Filipino festivals from all the regions, and bring to life that hope within us. The bottom standees honor the country’s rich natural resources. To denote purity and Filipino malasakit, white lilies adorn the circular base.

Solenn Heussaff, Celebrity and Artist

CeleBright New Beginnings as One Country is a resounding message, as well as a huge mission.  It’s a rallying cry for each Filipino to be represented, as well as for everyone to participate.  

“Christmas is the season that ushers in the New Year. Two years ago, nothing was clear, we were in the dark as to what’s next. Now, it’s all brightly lit. We are looking inward and outward,  full of hope for 2023. We wish everyone to visit this Firefly Christmas Tree where we hope that it can bring brightness into everyone’s heart, celebrate life, and light up a new path for every  Filipino to unite as one country,” says Ray Encomienda.

Firefly Marketing Team with Solenn Heussaff

Firefly Electric and Lighting Corporation (FELCO) is one of the leading lighting, electrical and power  solutions companies in the Philippines, and owner of the powerhouse brands Firefly, Royu and Ecolum.  Aside from lighting solutions for your homes and business, Firefly also offers safe, high quality  and affordable Christmas lights. These are available at the company’s official on-line store  ( and in key stores nationwide. 

The Firefly 70-foot Christmas Tree at SM By The Bay