Visual artist and fine arts professor Bamboo Tonogbanua opens the doors of his ancestral home on San Juan Street every December to showcase his miniature Christmas village collection. What started as a hobby 23 years ago to recreate the Victorian scenes of Christmas now attracts captivated children and adults. Joyous songs about the yuletide season and delightful moving objects fill each section of the room.
In the display, colorful churches with fiber optic lights capture the eyes of visitors, as well as the carnival rides that spin away. Tiny trains weave in and out of tunnels, cable cars go up and down steep slopes, ballerinas spin, and ice-skaters glide, together spreading the Christmas spirit. Each year, Tonogbanua brings miniature objects from his travels to add something new to his collection.
How to visit Bamboo Tagbanua’s Miniature Christmas Village: From SM City Bacolod, ride a Mandalagan-Libertad jeepney bound Libertad. Ask the driver to drop you off at the corner of Belle Hotel located at San Juan Street. Bamboo Tagbanua’s ancestral house, where the display is located, is found in front of Chicken Deli San Juan branch.