TEN… nine… eight… seven… six… five… four… three… two… one… Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos Jr. and Edsa Shangri-La Manila general manager Patrick Schaub press the ceremonial switch, and the breathtakingly beautiful 20-foot-high Christmas tree standing in the Lobby lights up – scintillating with hundreds of thousands of bright white light bulbs wrapped around bunches of golden balls and red icicles and ribbons.
Christmas is undeniably here upon us, made more evident by the ceremonial lighting of Christmas trees that take place in hotels and malls these days. Edsa Shangri-La Manila, located in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, had its own ceremonial tree lighting early evening today (December 5, 2013) at the newly renovated Lobby Lounge, thus officially ushering in the festive holidays with elegance and sophistication in a crystal-themed Christmas tree lighting ceremony led by Schaub and Mayor Abalos. The two of them joined in the symbolic switching on of the huge Christmas tree, as 100 children from Isla de Cocomo Day Care Center in Barangay Mauway, Mandaluyong City, sang a Christmas carol and led the tree lighting countdown.
Isla de Cocomo Day Care Center, incidentally, is Edsa Shangri-La Manila’s adopted community, to which the hotel provides a steady yearly support.
After the tree lighting rites, Schaub and Mayor Abalos walked over to the entrance of the Lobby Lounge and led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify the soft opening of the hotel’s newly renovated Lobby Lounge.
Brighter and more festive, with onyx marble columns and awesome chandeliers decked with crystalline accents, glass décor and warm Christmas lights. Each chandelier happens to be made up of 400 sampaguita-shaped crystals hanging from the ceiling – swaying, scintillating with an elegant glow and atmosphere of grandeur as light touches the crystals.
However, Edsa Shangri-La’s Christmas celebration this year isn’t all glitz and glamour. Aside from the yearly support that it will continue to provide Isla de Cocomo Day Care Center, the hotel augments its CSR efforts by dedicating this year’s Tree of Hope project to the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda. For the duration of the Christmas season, red, gold and silver paper stars, handcrafted by the Gift and Graces Foundation, shall be available for purchase at the hotel lobby. All proceeds from sales of these paper stars will go directly to the Bayanihan for the Philippines project organized by the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Relief, Rebuilt and Rehabilitate the victims of Yolanda in Cebu.
(Edsa Shangri-La Manila is located at 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City; with telephone number 633-8888.)