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HOTEL 101 Group celebrates 101 STAY GREEN advocates at hotels’ Christmas Tree Lighting

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Hotel 101 Group held its simultaneous Christmas Tree Lighting at Hotel 101 – Manila, together with its properties at Jinjiang Inn – Ortigas, Jinjiang Inn – Makati, Jinjiang Inn – Boracay Station 1, and Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo last November 11, 2022.

“We are happy to see our partners who were with us also at our very first Christmas Tree Lighting same time last year, as we have continued and strengthened these partnerships, as well as made new ones as we bounced back better from the pandemic,” says Group General Manager Gel Gomez as she welcomed everyone at Hotel 101 – Manila. 

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“This year, we want to usher in the season and celebrate our annual Christmas Tree Lighting with more meaning, thanking and honoring our 101 STAY GREEN champions and partners,” she adds.

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101 STAY GREEN champions with Hotel 101 Group General Manager Gel Gomez

The event was also highlighted by an awarding of 101 STAY GREEN champions, hotel partners in its sustainability program, including Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto Rubiano, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, Philippine Coast Guard Commandant CG Admiral Artemio Manalo Abu, Department of Tourism Secretary Ma. Esperanza Christina Garcia Frasco, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko, Tourism Promotions Board COO Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles, Cebu Pacific Air’s Chief Strategy Officer Alex Reyes, Carousel Productions EVP Lorraine Schuck, TV5 News Anchor and Host Gretchen Ho, and DeWaste Solutions Founder Juvien Galano.

In photo from left, Hotel 101 Group’s Philip William Olimpiada and Brian Ong, together with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Chairman Bob Zozobrado

Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto – Rubiano expressed her thanks for the 101 STAY GREEN Champions award, and extended her well wishes as “our grand vision of being the first eco-city is slowly but surely turning into a reality, especially with highly regarded establishments like Hotel 101 joining us in this journey. Rightfully so, the hotel is situated almost beside the iconic globe of MOA, telling each and every Filipino that being environmentally conscious goes hand in hand with being globally competitive,” says the mayor, in a speech read by her Chief of Staff Atty. Peter Pardo.  

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Description automatically generatedPhoto shows from left, Embassy of India in the Philippines First Secretary Nishi Kant Singh together with DOT NCR Regional Director Sharlene Zabala-Batin, DOT’s Ivannovich Agote and Hotel 101 Group GM Gel Gomez

Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, represented by DOT NCR Regional Director Sharlene Zabala – Batin, stressed the importance of establishing a resilient tourism sector to survive as we rebuild from the pandemic, and goes further explaining the President’s vision of “transforming the tourism industry as a pillar for economic recovery”.

“Indeed, COVID-19 has been our greatest test, affecting every sector of our society. With no playbook to use, it made us hit the reset button and pivot to a realization that bouncing back isn’t enough. We ought to make the industry better and stronger.”

“We have already begun the first steps of our steadfast recovery, and with the support of our national government and the confidence of our partners in the private sector, we are optimistic that the coming days ahead only promise significant growth,” RD Batin said.

Hotel 101 Group launched its 101 STAY GREEN sustainability initiative last June 20, 2022, and further strengthened this advocacy with partnerships with Pasay City LGU, Philippine Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection Command and Aviation Force, Iloilo City LGU, DeWaste Solutions, among others.

The Hotel 101 Group is a subsidiary of DoubleDragon Corporation, which operates Hotel 101, Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo City, and Jinjiang Inn Philippines. Hotel 101 Group has recently unveiled its direction to begin expanding abroad. It aims to make Hotel 101 the first global Filipino hotel chain.

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