AMONG local hotels, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony always kicks off the festive yuletide season. This is also true with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, whose dazzling Christmas tree lighting at the hotel’s 24th floor Sky lobby conformed to the season’s overall Starry Nights theme.
General manager Colin Healy led the ceremonial rites, and joining him were special guests Pasig City Vice Mayor Robert ‘Dodot’ Jaworski Jr. and Department of Tourism (DOT)’s regional director for the National Capital Region (NCR) Sharlene Batin.
“We are delighted to celebrate the season with colleagues and loved ones after two years of virtual meet-ups brought about by the pandemic. This year’s theme, Starry Nights, symbolizes how we at Marco Polo want to bring back the true magic and warmth of Christmastime with the powerful and shining light of hope—even during dark times,” says Healy.
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony also served as the launch of the renewed partnership between the hotel and Bikes for the Philippines and will be participating in their Bike Swap program for the hotel’s employees. The Bike Swap program ensures safer and faster travel for the hotel’s employees by making them swap their unsafe bicycles for more road-worthy ones.
Resident Manager Joy Barleta concluded the event with a few words, “Hope is a powerful thing. It inspires us to do the impossible and helps us carry on during difficult times. Hope comes to all of us in many different forms, whether it be encouraging words, inspired thoughts, a shining star during the darkest of nights, or even in the form of a bicycle. Our hotel is one of the buildings that displays bright lights and colors every evening in Ortigas, and we are proud to be a beacon of light this Christmastime.”
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number +632 7720-7777.)