The Manila Times holds a surprise-filled Christmas party
Every Christmas, The Manila Times (TMT) marks the season of giving by gathering all employees to partake in a simple feast, exchange little gifts, and share memories of the year that is coming to a close. Humble as these Christmas celebrations have been, everyone—from the executives down to the manang cleaning ladies—feel very much part of a big family.
This year, the annual TMT Christmas party held on December 19 at its Intramuros offices was no different emotion-wise. Surprise-wise, it was one for the books.
Besides a pre-announced Toyota Wigo as major raffle prize, The Times Chairman Emeritus Dante A. Ang suddenly announced in his Christmas message that he was raffling of P100,000 worth of cash on the spot.
Nevertheless, as excited as the staff was at the prospect of winning such grand prizes at the party, what they appreciated most from the chairman’s message was that the company has had a fruitful year, and that better and happier times lie ahead not only for the paper and its sister companies, but most especially for its employees.
Joining Dr. Ang in celebrating this very special occasion was his son, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd who serves as TMT’s president, chief executive officer and executive editor.
And as tradition, our well-loved Lifestyle and Entertainment editor, the beautiful and witty Tessa Mauricio-Arriola, hosted the fun-filled party. She also helped the Angs welcome representatives of The Times’ sister companies to the party, namely Dante Ang Associates, The Manila Times College-Manila, The Manila Times College-Subic, and the George Dewey Medical and Wellness Center also in Subic.
Of course, all departments of the newspaper were well present starting with the Advertising and Marketing teams, all the way to Production and Printing, who sparkled in obedience to the “Wear Something Shiny” theme indicated in the Christmas party memo. The HR and Finance departments also took time in looking good that night, as well as Credit and Collection, and Circulation departments.
Despite being busy closing the next day’s issue of The Manila Times, the rest of the Editorial department—editors, assistants, and layout artists—made sure to join the party that overflowed friendship ad laughter. Reporters also arrived after their duties for the merriment, and of course the chance to win the coveted car.
More fun ensued as the yearly contest called “Star of the Night” began. Each department selected their male and female representatives who best embody the party’s theme.
The female contestants were Violeta Dela Cruz and Darlene Ilagan (Advertising), Krischelle Fabriga and Irish de Guzman (HR), and Princess Adaro Ang (Circulation), Gladys Altamarino (Marketing), and yours truly, Euden Valdez (Editorial).
On the other hand, male contenders were Jovito “Boy” Ocampo (HR), Leo Bautista (Circulation), Edgar Penido (Credit and Collection) and Armando “Bong” Felisilda (Dante Ang Associates).
After much deliberation from the judges and cheering from the crowd, favorites dela Cruz and Ocampo were named “Stars of Night.” Besides bragging rights of winning for two consecutive years, they also took home a trophy and cash prizes.
Finally, it was time for the much-awaited grand raffle. Five won P10,000 each namely Marjorie Dizon (Editorial), Aurora Fuster (TMTC-Manila), and Evelyn Mateo (The Times’ beloved cleaning lady). Two lucky employees of the George Dewey Hospital also returned to Subic that evening P10,000 more blessed.
No less than Johnny Dequinto, personal driver of Dr. Ang, was picked as the lucky winner of the P50,000.
But of course, no one was luckier than advertising executive Mon Avorque who drove home with the Toyota Wigo at the end of the evening.
It is good to note too that all winners were deserving of the prizes as many of them been a long-time and loyal employees of the company. And truly, everyone was genuinely happy for them, as well as their families.
Perhaps, Ms. Tessa—who is also The Sunday Times Magazine editor by the way—summed up this year’s The Manila Times Christmas party best in her Facebook post that night.
She said, “As a company, there is always something good about not being No. 1 [just yet], because it is all the more fulfilling to be part of its journey to success. After hosting many years of humble Christmas parties for my Manila Times
Family, this year proved to be such a joy as our Chairman Emeritus Dante Arevalo Ang and President and CEO Dante ‘Klink’ Ang raffled off generous cash prizes and a Toyota Wigo for very lucky employees! Christmas this year will truly be memorable for many of our staffer’s families. Thank you to the #DashingDanteAngs for making it happen.”