PENINSULA MANILA STAGES CHARITY CONCERT
The Peninsula Hotels recently launched Hope for the Philippines, a four-pronged initiative in each Peninsula hotel across Asia and the United States running until January 31, 2014. It aims to raise funds to support the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan) in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines.
Hope for the Philippines comprises a donation for each guest stay, plus the proceeds from a special Philippine-themed “Tea of Hope”, the classic Filipino Halo Haloiced dessert and “Trees of Hope” ornament in all participating hotels worldwide.
“Thousands of our kababayans have been affected by Typhoon Yolanda and all Peninsula Hotels in Asia and the USA have banded together to help with a group-wide effort called ‘Hope for the Philippines,’” says Sonja Vodusek, The Peninsula Manila general manager.
“All proceeds raised will be donated to the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc. with the stipulation that funds go directly to their mission—rebuilding homes and communities in the affected areas of Eastern Visayas.”
As highlight of the campaign, Celebrations: 30 Years of Christmas Concert at the Pen happens today at The Peninsula Manila lobby from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Together with the cooperation of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it features a stellar cast and a memorable musical repertoire.
Flying in from Italy is former Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra musical director and principal conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbieri who teams with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) for the concert. Also gracing the stage at the concert are well-known musical artistes Lani Misalucha, Jose Mari Chan, Rachelle Gerodias, as well as a 50-voice choir composed of the UP Madrigal Singers and UST Singers with PPO Associate Concertmaster Dino Akira Decena on violin.
Directing Celebrations is Freddie Santos, a four-time Aliw Awardee for Best Stage Director (Musicals and Concerts) who this year was elevated into the Aliw Awards Hall of Fame.
The program repertoire offers an array of great classics and traditional yuletide musical favorites, from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons, 1st movement from Winter” to “O Holy Night” and “Joy to the World” to “Jingle Bells” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
TRADERS HOTEL SENDS OUT MESSAGES OF HOPE
Traders Hotel, Manila officially kicked off its yuletide season themed “Holiday Hues” in November with a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. But not forgetting the plight of Filipinos whom Super Typhoon Yolanda left homeless and hungry, the hotel also launched various activities for the victims’ benefit.
Traders Hotel, Manila General Manager Gordon Aeria started the vibrant evening of joy and excitement with inspiring words on how one can rekindle the holiday spirit by giving back to society and the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
The kids of Barangay Maytubig, a community the hotel continuously supports, then filled the air with wondrous Christmas melodies that touched the hearts of many.
Finally, the much-awaited tree-lighting took place with the presence of notable guests, such as Julie Benedicto of New Riviera Hotel Development Corp. (NRHDC), Pia De Leon, chairman and chief operating officer of NRHDC, Kelvin Kwan, Singapore Airlines country manager, media friends, executives from other Shangri-La properties in Manila and the hotel’s loyal patrons.
The event was also a great opportunity to introduce the “Color My World” auction, in which eight paintings specially made by the Maytubig Daycare Center kids in collaboration with hotel volunteers will be sold.
Another activity is the Pink Perfect Fit campaign offering statement multicolored shirts.
The paintings and shirts serve as a reminder of how one can spread joy and love through simple acts of kindness to the less privileged. All the proceeds will be given to the Typhoon Yolanda fund in Tacloban City.
HOTEL H2O REMEMBERS THE ELDERLY THIS HOLIDAY
With the recent spate of tragic calamities befalling the country, it’s understandable that most will prefer a toned-down holiday season this year, in deference to the adversity.
In that spirit, Hotel H2O offers an opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a meaningful way. The hotel has put together a two-day, three-night package with a social responsibility component. Called “Christmas for a Cause,” the package aims to benefit a sector that’s been often overlooked in the outpouring of relief aid for recent events—the elderly
Hotel H2O will donate P1,000 per booking made to a charity devoted to the care of elderly sector. And to symbolize their support, guests will be given a Christmas ball to hang on the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby—a simple gesture that shows Hotel H2O and its guests care for our elders.
The special package comes with a daily buffet breakfast for two persons, and a choice of Christmas Eve dinner on or New Year’s Eve dinner with countdown celebration, as well as tickets to some Manila Ocean Park attractions
The “Christmas for a Cause” package is offered until January 15, 2014.
MAKATI SHANGRI-LA GIVES CLEAN WATER FOR ALL
Makati Shangri-La, Manila officially welcomed the holiday season with its annual Christmas tree-lighting that also launched “Crystals of Hope.’ A Christmas environmental advocacy, it endeavors to provide clean drinking water to an urban poor community, in partnership with Manila Water.
Makati Shangri-La’s Hotel Manager Andrew Den Oudsten led the lighting of the Christmas trees, featuring a winter-inspired holiday décor. “This is a tradition that symbolizes the commencement of the holiday season for Makati Shangri-La,” Oudsten said in his welcome remarks.
He was joined by Manila Water’s Group Director for East Zone Business Operations Ferdinand Dela Cruz who talked about the importance of the partnership and how much help it will bring to the beneficiaries, families of Southville 8, a relocation site in Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal province.
Makati Shangri-La’s holiday tradition is to give back to the community through an environmental advocacy. This year’s Crystals of Hope focuses on providing clean, potable water to residents of Southville 8, compromising of former informal settlers who have been relocated through the National Housing Authority.
Snow maidens at the hotel lobby will sell clear acrylic snowflakes, signifying crystallized water, in small or large sizes. Guests may purchase the snowflakes from the hotel’s Crystals of Hope collection throughout the Christmas season, and give the gift of water to a family in need.