ALL OF THE LIGHTS

Manila’s ho­tels go all out this Christ­mas

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By PAULINE FAYE V. TRIA

Christ­mas is right around the corner and, for some of us, this means bring­ing out our best Christ­mas dé­cor, from Christ­mas lights to wreaths to the best Santa fig­urines. This Yule­tide sea­son is the time when the best Christ­mas trees come to bloom, decked out in the most col­or­ful and fes­tive or­na­ments from knick­knacks to ev­ery bits and bobs you could pos­si­bly imag­ine. Feel the fes­tive spirit this hol­i­day sea­son by gaz­ing at some of the most ex­trav­a­gant Christ­mas trees we’ve found just for you.

Let Manila Ho­tel take you back to your roots with its Filipino-themed Christ­mas tree. Decked in white and gold and it is evoca­tive of hol­i­days spent at home with the fam­ily. The Manila Ho­tel’s theme for this year is

show­cas­ing the Filipino spirit, her­itage, and cul­ture with gold tinged with red or­na­ments. De­signed by the ho­tel’s style team and its res­i­dent stylist the Christ­mas tree daz­zles the crowd with its tra­di­tional de­signs. The Manila Ho­tel has also part­nered up with the House of Refuge Foun­da­tion, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides homes to aban­doned street chil­dren aged four to 17. Con­rad Manila ush­ered in the hol­i­day sea­son with its unique and in­no­va­tive Christ­mas tree art in­stal­la­tion called “Ce­leste Yule” cre­ated by artist

With its theme “Ra­di­ant Christ­mas,” Con­rad Manila cel­e­brates the lus­ter, ju­bi­la­tion, and hap­pi­ness of the Christ­mas sea­son. The Ce­leste Yule is an artis­tic ren­di­tion of Pilapil, a glass sculp­tor. It is a re­flec­tion of var­i­ous shapes such as cir­cles that re­flect the in­te­rior of the ho­tel. Con­rad Manila launched a “30 days of giv­ing” cam­paign that is a com­bi­na­tion of vol­un­teerism from the staff of the ho­tel that gives back to char­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ties.

OH CHRIST­MAS TREE — Christ­mas tree-light­ing cer­e­monies have be­come as much a tra­di­tion as Christ­mas Eve din­ner con­certs in Manila's boom­ing tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity scene. Clock­wise from top: Lo­cal 'Pasko' theme at The Manila Ho­tel, 'Win­ter Won­der­land' at City of Dreams Manila, and 'En­chanted Christ­mas' at Sof­i­tel Philip­pine Plaza. (Noel Pa­bal­ate)

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