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It’s a Christmas carol holiday at The Manila Hotel

08:24 PM November 20, 2016
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The facade of The Manila Hotel all dressed up for the holiday season

What do you envision when you think of the perfect holiday? For some, it may be a memorable reunion with a delectable holiday menu, curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and sweet treats, grand Christmas trees with beautiful gifts underneath, or the warmth of being with family and friends. Whatever it may be, The Manila Hotel promises to bring to life that perfect Christmas right before your very eyes. “As the true heart of the Philippines, we will continue to bear witness to the festive tale of your own by creating memories that will last many Christmases after,” said Dr. Enrique Y. Yap Jr., Executive Vice-President of The Manila Hotel.

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The Manila Hotel’s giant Gingerbread house filled with goodies.

To kick off the Yuletide season, more than 200 friends of the Hotel, leading corporations, and media partners witnessed the traditional Grand Lobby Lighting and the launch of the 2016 Children’s Christmas Village last November 11, 2016. Adorned in glistening hues of white, red, gold, and green ornaments, the Hotel is a sight to behold. Upon entering the ante-lobby, one will be greeted by larger-than-life nutcrackers, a giant Gingerbread house filled with goodies, and a spectacular 22-foot Christmas tree tastefully bedecked with top hats, giant red bows, red and white Christmas balls, twigs, Christmas berries, and thousands of environmentally-friendly LED lights that set the stage for the season. “For 2016, the Hotel takes inspiration from ‘A Christmas Carol’, a novella written by English writer Charles Dickens, the greatest novelist of the Victorian era,” said Nian Liwanag-Rigor, Assistant Vice-President for PR and Corporate Communications of The Manila Hotel.

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Grand Lobby Lighting Ceremony

Welcoming the guests with his opening remarks is the President of The Manila Hotel, Atty. Joey D. Lina. As the shimmering lights were revealed all around the Grand Lobby, a toast was offered by Atty. Lina and Nian Liwanag-Rigor, Assistant Vice-President for PR and Corporate Communications together with Miss World Philippines and Miss Manila Hotel Catriona Gray, DOT Undersecretary Atty. Falconi V. Millar and DOT Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre. As the night progressed, the University of Santo Tomas Singers showcased an astounding display of musical talent as they serenaded the guests with their cheerful Christmas carol renditions. Everyone was surprised to see Santa Klaws of Pacific Santa’s clad in his black and red Christmas suit distributing gifts to the kids of House of Refuge. As always, the guests were treated to a splendid dinner prepared by The Manila Hotel’s talented culinary team.

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This year, The Manila Hotel designed a bigger and better Christmas Village. Wander at Parsons Street once again and go see new shops. Watch your all-time favourite Christmas movies and enjoy a bag of popcorn at the Grand View Cinema. Then, visit our Holiday Kitchen for sumptuous meals prepared by our team. Drop by Candy Land and Cookie Corner for your own dose of sweet Christmas treats. Lastly, pay a visit to Trinkets and Toy Emporium for unique novelty items. Entrance to the Christmas Village is free for everyone! This year’s Christmas village is made possible through partnerships with Hamley’s of London Ltd., Made in Candy, Charming Charlie, and Lotus Biscoff.

Indeed a foodie’s dream come true, The Manila Hotel’s list of sweet creations includes most sought-after chocolates, macarons, cookies, and a whole lot more. Share the glee of Christmas by giving away our gourmet festive hampers filled with handcrafted Christmas cookies, finest pralines, and delectable chocolates with exclusive wines to your family and friends. Visit our Christmas Goodie Counter at the Grand Lobby, this year’s specific spot where you can purchase these goodies. Christmas at The Manila Hotel will never be complete without being serenaded by sweet-sounding voices of the various ensembles at the ‘Carols at the Lobby’ every evening starting from December 16 to December 24, 2016.

Make the Grand Dame your home this Christmas! Avail of our children’s Christmas room package from December 01 to December 31, 2016 for only Php7,317+++ with buffet breakfast for two and let your kids experience one of their most memorable Christmases ever. Your stay includes buffet breakfast for two at Cafe Ilang-Ilang, Willy the Bear, and treats inside the Christmas Village. Booking period is until December 20, 2016. For inquiries and reservations, please call our Reservations Team at 527-0011 local 1175 to 1178 or email resvn@themanilahotel.com.

Do not forget to make a note on your calendar to return for Sparkle, the Countdown Party at the Grand Lobby featuring the Filipinas Band that will keep you dancing well to hits of the decades. Experience a splendid spectacle at The Manila Hotel. Signaling the start of 2017, put out your party poppers and noisemakers, roar in joy, and cheers for a sparkling fruitful year ahead! The year will not be complete without the joyful memories of having a great dining experience on New Year’s Eve. Dine in Cafe Ilang-Ilang, Champagne Room, or Mabuhay Palace before you head to the countdown party. For seat reservations, call our Food and Beverage team at 527-0011 local 1261 or 1262.

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