All of the lights

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is beam­ing this sea­son with spe­cial events that cel­e­brate hope and hap­pi­ness, which are of­ten sym­bol­ized through light.

Di­wali, the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights, is cel­e­brated at the ho­tel every year with “Khana: an In­dian Culi­nary Jour­ney.” The buf­fet of In­dian food served for a lim­ited time con­tin­ues to be one of the ho­tel’s best loved Culi­nary Jour­neys at Café Marco, pa­tron­ized by both lo­cal guests and mem­bers of Cebu’s In­dian com­mu­nity.

Cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali at Khana was the per­fect oc­ca­sion for me, Kat Toledo and Karlo Lim to don sa­rees, shoes and ac­ces­sories that we had pur­chased on our sep­a­rate trips to In­dia. If we have In­dian friends read­ing this page, please par­don my ob­vi­ous lack of ex­per­tise in prop­erly ty­ing a sa­ree! This was the best I could man­age af­ter a 20-minute strug­gle with six me­ters of fab­ric.

A few weeks later, we were back at the Marco Polo for the light­ing of the Tree of Hope, the ho­tel’s tow­er­ing Christ­mas tree. The tree light­ing cer­e­mony had the lobby teem­ing with guests, even up to the mez­za­nine level. The pro­gram for the evening in­cluded bal­let and modern dance per­for­mances by stu­dents of the Cebu Cen­tre for Dance and GMA Net­work tal­ents. Af­ter the grandiose tree was all lit up, chil­dren were in­vited to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus to share their Christ­mas wishes.

Even grown-up guests can con­tinue to make a wish for them­selves for oth­ers by hang­ing a Christ­mas ball for P200 on the Christ­mas tree. The Tree of Hope has for years been mak­ing wishes come true as the dona­tions ben­e­fit pro­grams by the GMA Ka­puso Foun­da­tion. Those who donate also get a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong cour­tesy of Cathay Pa­cific Air­ways.

CEBU ME­DIA AND FRIENDS dur­ing the Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Din­ner that fol­lowed af­ter the Tree Light­ing Cer­e­mony.

SPICES on dis­play at Khana.

LIGHT­ING OF THE TREE OF HOPE with Msgr. Boy Alesna, GMA Net­work vice pres­i­dent and head of re­gional TV Oliver Amoroso, Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Mag­pale, Cathay Pa­cific mar­ket­ing man­ager Con­nie Ci­mafranca and Marco Polo gen­eral man­ager Brian Con­nelly.

JVC, Kat Toledo and Karlo Lim in sar­rees and ac­ces­sories from In­dia.

GMA ”The Clash” fi­nal­ists An­thony Ros­aldo, Golden Cañedo and Gar­rett Bolden.


GU­LAB JA­MUN coated in des­ic­cated co­conut.



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