Hilton Manila celebrates a uniquely Filipino Christmas

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The Hilton Manila Christmas Tree Lighting
Mr. Simon McGrath, General Manager of Hilton Manila (center in Barong Tagalog),  together with Hilton Manila’s four directors (from left) Iulai Sa’u, Director of Operations, Maureen Lagarto (Director of Human Resources), Freddieliz Esguerra (Director of Finance), and Joanne Gomez (Commercial Director), led the lighting of the 12 ft. tall fresh pine tree at the hotel’s festively decorated main lobby

By Alithea De Jesus

There is no doubt that the Philippine and the Filipinos hold the record for the longest Christmas celebration in the world. This distinctive characteristic of the Filipino in how the Yuletide season is celebrated is something that many foreigners learned to understand and love.

For now, it may not be the perfect Christmas celebration that the Filipinos will have, but one thing is certain, this will not stop us all to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Reinforcing the importance of celebrating Christmas in the country, the Hilton Manila continues its traditional annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and officially welcomes the holiday season at a safe distance. This year’s highly-anticipated affair was celebrated virtually and was live-streamed via Facebook for guests and loyal patrons to view all over the country.

The online event was hosted by famed local celebrity Tim Yap and was kicked off with a dazzling dance performance from the “Pilipinas Got Talent Season 6 Golden Buzzer grand finalists”, The Nocturnal Dance Company. The captivating show was then followed by a sweet introduction to this season’s holiday treats by Hilton Manila’s newly appointed Executive Chef, Benoit Chargy.

“This year, we’re celebrating a truly and uniquely Filipino Christmas in support of Resorts World Manila’s “Pinas Muna Tayo” campaign. This movement aims to patronize locally made and homegrown products, contribute to the restart of the Philippine economy and make a difference in our local communities,” said Simon McGrath, General Manager of Hilton Manila.

To bring this momentous occasion into full circle, Mr. McGrath alongside the full-service property’s four directors – Iulai Sa’u (Director of Operations), Joanne Gomez (Commercial Director), Freddieliz Esguerra (Director of Finance), and Maureen Lagarto (Director of Human Resources), led the lighting of the 12 ft. tall fresh pine tree at the hotel’s festively decorated main lobby.

The ceremony also marks the launch of Hilton Manila’s charitable advocacy, where guests may purchase this year’s featured lovable plush doll, Rudy the Reindeer, at Madison Lounge & Bar for Php 500 nett. All proceeds will be awarded to the kids of the Pasay Social Welfare and Development Center.

To watch the event replay, follow Hilton Manila on Facebook. To learn more about Hilton Manila’s festive offers log on to www.hiltonmanila.com, visit
https://bit.ly/AFilipinoChristmas2020, call +632 7239 7788 loc. 7375 or email mnlph_f&binquiries@hilton.com. For more information and updates like Hilton Manila on Facebook.com/HiltonManila and follow @hiltonmanila on Instagram and Youtube for more updates.