Elder Jensen and the Philippine Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Willy C. Gaa, addressed those in attendance before throwing the switch to illuminate a half million lights on the temple grounds.
In his comments, Ambassador Gaa drew on the imagery of the lights and observed that "among these thousands shines one magnificent light for all to see. This is the symbolic glow that dispels darkness, gives warmth and brings hope."
WTOP, a local news radio station, reported on the event and provided a calendar of the performances and displays that will be a part of the season-long festival at the visitors' center.