Negrense Artist Amazingly Builds Miniature Christmas Village
, Negros Occidental
Belle Piccio | Dec 03, 2015
Now on its 19th year, the miniature Christmas Village of Negrense artist, Bamboo Tonogbanua, once again opened to the public.
The Christmas Village has become a yearly attraction not only for the locals but to tourists as well. The village houses thousands of beautiful displays and miniature pieces arranged into groups or small villages that illustrate the spirit of Christmas.
The 2015 Christmas Village has a new set of miniatures such as:
- ferris wheel
- zip line
- Mexican village
The first Christmas Village was built in 1996 when Bamboo started collecting small Christmas pieces. He was inspired by the European villages he sees on Christmas cards ever since he was still young. Bamboo uses these miniature objects that he bought during his travels and put them into a diorama. According to the Negrense artist, he does it most especially for the kids to fulfill their dreams of experiencing a Christmas wonderland.
Before, the Christmas Village only occupied a small space of about 32 sq. ft. in his ancestral home and throughout the years has undergone refurbishing to expand the house. Bamboo's collection increased as his relatives and friends gift him figures throughout the years.
The first pieces that Bamboo used are still found in his Christmas Village such as:
- Santa’s village
- Victorian and European houses
- Eiffel tower
You’ll also find buildings and landmarks of different countries around the world. The new miniature pieces are just added in sections every year and similar objects are kept in storage.
The Negrense artist invites everyone who is in Bacolod City to see his miniature Christmas village. You’ll find his ancestral home at San Juan St., Bacolod City. The Christmas Village is open daily between 6:00pm-9:00 to guests until the first week of January 2016.
(Photos are screen grabs from TV Patrol Negros)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.