THE Christmas season started early at Diamond Hotel Philippines. As soon as All Saints’ Day was over, the hotel officially rolled in the holidays via a grand Christmas Tree Lighting.
Guests, led by Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso (better known by his screen name Ishko Moreno) and his family, came to witness the glorious lighting of the white, whimsical 25-foot Christmas tree at the hotel lobby. Ever the gracious host, Diamond Hotel’s general manager Vanessa Suatengco excitedly welcomed everyone to the momentous occasion—an annual event which regular guests, business and industry partners, clients and friends looked forward to every year. Kids from the Remedios Training Center, accompanied by their parents and guardians, joined the festivities.
The Pansol Choir filled the air with Christmas carols, while The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company transformed the lobby into a stage of motion and color with their zestful performances.
Over lavish cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests marveled at the magnificent yuletide garb of the hotel, with the interiors festooned with snowy, rustic leaves, stylish ornaments of silver and gold, and reindeer reminiscent of glittering ice sculptures.
The tree, in its splendor, was strung in white and gold finery, adorned with crystals and pearled ornaments. This year’s classic color palette bears a symbolic desire for harmony and peace in the modern world, as well as value for inner lightness in a season that celebrates giving, reflection and selflessness.
True to the spirit of generosity, Diamond Hotel carries on its tradition of choosing a charitable institution to support through Christmastime every year. This year, the hotel has chosen Kanlungan ni Maria, a nonstock, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding abandoned, sick and impoverished elderly, as its beneficiary. Guests are therefore encouraged to donate Php300 to their cause by “buying” a Christmas ornament that would bear their name and be hung at the Charity Trees displayed at the hotel lobby.
(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila; with telephone number (632) 8528-3000.)