Before the virus, Philippine malls blared Chirstmas carols as early as August, and by the time September rolled in, bauble-studded trees were up. Though COVID-19 will inevitably change the world's longest Christmas celebration, the folks over at Disney U.K. paid homage to Filipino traditions in a heartwarming holiday advert.
The short opens with palm trees lining the shore, and as the camera pans down, countless parols hang across the sky, illuminating a 1940s scene filled with karitelas and old houses. A young girl receives a Mickey Mouse doll that stands the test of time, as she carries this with her to foreign lands until 2005.
A moving song entitled "Love Is A Compass" sung by U.K. artist Griff soars throughout the video, which shows how the holiday tradition of parol-making finds its way to the present thousand of miles away from home, and lives on through our loved ones.