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The tree amid the Terraces

Friday, December 09, 2016

CEBU. Ayala Center Cebu's Acacia tree in the Terraces during the Symphony of Lights. (Aljun Cainghog, CIT-University Intern)

IN AYALA Center Cebu, different attractions, such as posh restaurants, different shops, fun-filled events, including the mall's landmark - The Terraces - will definitely catch your attention.

As you tread on the Terraces grounds, you would surely notice its centerpiece - an old, big tree that has become a common sight. But little do mall goers know the story behind that lone acacia tree.

Ayala Center Cebu General Manager Celeste “Bong” Dy said the acacia tree is over 35 years old.

Even before the mall's construction 22 years ago, the tree stood on the same area, which was a golf course then, Dy said, adding that they have been very careful not to stress the tree so it won't die.

What made the tree the centerpiece of the Terraces is its story - a testament of sturdiness that stood the test of time.

From the years it spent in the golf course when golf players and caddies stayed under its shade during a game, to the years it spent as the mall’s masterpiece, new and fresh stories unfold and different hues of life happen within its surrounding, Dy said.

Donned with dazzling and colorful lights for the Ayala mall's Symphony of Lights this Christmas season, the acacia tree firmly stands to amaze the people around. (Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2016.

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