Marriott Manila’s The Golden Santa
After two years of hiatus, Marriott Philippines kicked off the holidays with a market-wide tree and lantern lighting activity dubbed as “PASKONSTELASYON”: The Marriott Bonvoy Constellation of Holiday Celebrations.
Considered as a week-long celebration of different Marriott properties in the Philippines, each property was able to light up their trees and lanterns in their own way featuring the distinct identities of each property but was connected by one “PASKONSTELASYON”.
The unique term is a portmanteau of two meaningful words: “Pasko” or Christmas, and “Konstelasyon” or Constellation which means a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern. This also symbolizes the growing presence of Marriott properties in the country and how it is interconnected with the same heart for the festive season, strengthened by its unifying travel program, Marriott Bonvoy.
Equally important that week was the kick-off of Marriott International’s GLOBAL CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK, where all Marriott properties express gratitude and special thanks to all their partners for the trust and collaboration especially during the height of the pandemic.
Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo unveils The Vacation Star
The week started with a heartwarming tree lighting ceremony at the City of Love. Guests were serenaded by the calming voices of the Kinaadman Chorale while treated to a sumptuous feast at the Al Fresco area. A special modern contemporary performance was also presented by the team of Novy Bereber under Sayaw PD, Dance for Parkinson’s nonprofit organization. Courtyard Iloilo also lighted the first star in the constellation which is “The Vacation Star” that symbolizes a well-balanced business, rest, and recreation time perfect for the holiday season.
An unforgettable musical soiree at Sheraton Manila Hotel
Friday night became brighter as it was Sheraton Manila Hotel’s turn to light their tree. Inspired by local indigenous materials Abaca and Anahaw, the hotel’s décor embellished with gold and green trinkets symbolizes life and abundance created the festive atmosphere. Together with the hotel’s General Manager Anna Vergara, the ceremony was graced by the presence of Honorable Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano, together with Newport World Resorts’ President and CEO Kingson Sian, and the rest of the senior leaders of Sheraton Manila Hotel.
Right after the lighting of the tree and “The Soiree Star”, guests were enthralled to the unique rendition of Marriott’s official holiday theme “Moments with You” performed by the renowned theater royalties Gab Pangilinan and Myke Salomon, with the First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater, Ms. Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, and stalwart of Philippine theater, Mr. Michael Williams, with award-winning saxophonist Josh Espinosa.
Later on, guests were directed to S Kitchen to continue the night over delicious food prepared by the team of Executive Chef Kiko Santiago and to a one-of-a-kind SOIREE: THE MUSICAL GATHERING. Everyone was serenaded by the featured thespians with close to the heart songs together with well-known pianist and musical director, Maestro Rony Fortich.
The musical gathering was also a part of Sheraton Manila’s Soiree series that highlight’s the hotel as a premiere gathering place in the metro.
The night ended with guests receiving special gifts from Perfume Dessert, and scented candles from the hotel’s very own local memorabilia store, “Pinas Muna”.
Courtryard by Marriott Iloilo’s Executive Committee (L-R) Neil San Felix - IT Asst. Manager, Romelyn Jover - HR Supervisor, Marlon Galo - Asst. Director of Finance, Joy Alonte – Hotel Manager, and Judale De Pedro - LP Manager
Last but definitely not the least --- The Brilliant Star
Ending the week of festivities was the flagship, Marriott Hotel Manila. The day commenced with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the “PASKONSTELASYON”: The Art of Giving Exhibit, organized by Rotary Club Passport One Marikina, followed by the “PASKONSTELASYON”: The Golden Santa Story, Storytelling and Gingerbread Making Activity with the kids and beneficiaries from Save the Children Philippines and Pasay Social Welfare and Development Department.
Later that night was the ceremonial lighting of the tree and the Marriott Bonvoy “Brilliant Star” led by Multi-property Vice President in the Philippines of Marriott International Bruce Winton, together with Ms. Universe 2011 3rd Runner Up, and now Ms. Universe Philippines Chariman Shamcey Supsup- Lee, and husband entrepreneur Lloyd Lee with their children, and Department of Tourism Regional Director for National Capital Region Sharlene Batin, with the rest of Marriott Manila’s Executive Committee.
Immediately after, Acel Bisa Van Ommen, one of Filipino music’s most resonant voices, together with Malaya Dance Theatre, performed her original composition “Moments with You”, rearranged for the yuletide season by Jeremiah De Leon.
Christmas at Marriott Manila will never be the same without its iconic Santa Claus! Dressed up in his new gold coat, the Golden Santa himself greeted everyone with his loudest “Ho! Ho! Ho!”. He also didn’t forget to spend time with the kids and give them memorable presents. Kids-at-heart also didn’t miss the chance to snap a photo with Santa and his Gingerbread House located at the main lobby where guests can avail the holiday retail items perfect for gift giving.
This season is also the best time to share blessings. “PASKONSTELASYON”: Charity Ornaments can be purchased from the Marriott Bakery for only P150 per piece. Proceeds from the ornaments that were sold will go to Save the Children Philippines.
“PASKONSTELASYON” will not be possible without the partners from Cebu Pacific, Don Revy, Emperador Distillers, Pix and Reel Republik, LuChris Printing, Perfume Dessert, and Jesi Mendez Salon.
Never too late to experience the Marriott feels
Marriott Manila, Sheraton Manila, and Courtyard Iloilo had prepared yuletide offers that you surely don’t want to miss. Visit @manilamarriott, @sheratonmanila, and @courtyardbymarriottiloilo to know more about these irresistible packages.