Apart from Santa Claus, the Christmas Tree, ornaments, and gifts, Christmas lights have been considered as a traditional symbol of the Yuletide season that transcend cultures and continents. The Christmas lights are often seen as a symbol of hope, just like the Star of Bethlehem pursued by the Magi only to be led to a humble manger where Christ was born. It also symbolizes the light of Christ, but whatever the reason, it is a powerful symbol because for many people, these twinkling lights represent the cheer that comes with the holiday season and a reminder that despite the struggles of the past year, there will always be a glimmer of hope.
Forbes 5-star integrated resort Okada Manila launched its “A Night of a Thousand Lights” by lighting up its magnificent Christmas Tree at the Fountain Foyer recently, while Manila Philharmonic Orchestra played the iconic Christmas in our Hearts and a slew of Christmas medley in the background. Filipina singer and actress Jayda Avanzado joined in on the festivities and entertained the crowd with her awe-inspiring rendition of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. Headlining the event with a ceremonial toast were Alvaro Ramos, Assistant Vice President – Retail; Andreas Balla, Vice President – Food and Beverage; Wendy Ni, Vice President – Strategic Marketing and Business Planning; Manida Lau, Vice President – Business Solutions and Premium Marketing; and Robert Scott, Executive Director – Hotel Operations.
The 38-foot Christmas tree was a sight to behold, inspired by a magical “Whimsical Dreamland” filled with bright lights and marvelous decorations such as ornate white twigs, a fairytale window likened to that of a dwarf’s house, festooned with sparkly green garlands, and accentuated with clear and white beautiful Christmas balls, as well as dazzling fairy lights, bringing on of the brightest and most beautiful Christmas tree lighting ceremony after a two-year hiatus.
The lighting ceremony was followed by the launch of a quaint Christmas Village and a wondrous Light Show at the newest events place at Okada Manila, the Crystal Pavilion, where over 300,000 individual pixel mapped LEDs (with more than 300 separate digital controllers) created a spectacular light show synchronized with magical Christmas tunes. Guests at the Christmas Village can capture precious memories via interactive photo booths that showcase different holiday themes like the Fairy Garden, Giant Gift Box and Mistletoe booth. They can also visit the “North Pole” or sing with carolers via augmented and virtual reality.
The recent Yuletide events also officially symbolized the official roll-out of Okada Manila’s extraordinary holiday offerings. While Okada Manila is still abuzz with activities for the holidays, guests could enjoy fantastic staycation packages to dining experiences with festive menus and treats, and shopping thrills at Okada Manila’s diverse retail outlets for fabulous gift finds, making it the staycation destination of the Season. Celebrate a fantastic Holiday staycation and experience deals with fabulous add-ons such as dining credits at the property’s select restaurants, free vouchers from PLAY for a one-time access for two, and a 30-minute massage for two adults at The Sole Retreat, as well as other perks.
What is the Holiday season without good food? Dining is made even more special with Okada Manila’s festive offerings, including the bountiful spread at Medley Buffet’s “Holiday Medley Fiesta” for Christmas and New Year. And, for seasonal classic Filipino favorites, there’s Kiapo’s delectable Puto Bumbong (classic, cheese and leche flan flavors) and Bibingka. At the Lobby Lounge, enjoy scrumptious sweets and treats such as decadent cakes, cookies, truffle chocolates, and pastries. The outlet also has Yuletide hampers filled with thoughtfully curated holiday goodies – a perfect gift that’s sure to impress.
To cap the year, Okada Manila’s Countdown to 2023 is always a most sought-after experience. Ring in 2023 at Okada Manila’s simultaneous New Year’s Eve Countdown set to happen at the Grand Ballroom, Cove Manila, and The Fountain deck with amazing revelry, distinctive banquet and restaurant offerings, and live entertainment.
“A Night of a Thousand Lights” showcases the Christmas spirit and this Holiday season, all roads lead to Okada Manila’s enlightened path, so everyone could celebrate the happiness and warmth of the Season with their family and loved ones.