Utzurrum: The giving season is a blessing-A A +A
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
WHOEVER said that "‘tis more blessed to give than to receive" must have had the Christmas season in mind. For celebrating His birthday is the world’s greatest giver—Jesus Christ, the Giver of Life. What have you given Him?
CHAIRMAN of the Korean association Ken Choi, Marriott’s director of Sales & Marketing Chacha Rama, PR manager Charlene Go, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and GM Bruce Winton.
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The members of the St. Theresa’s Alumnae Association (Staa) have done their own bit of giving and sharing, by way of a cash donation for uniforms of the high school varsity players for their sports activities. This was happily received by Sr. Helen Orejudos, GS/HS Principal.
Last month, the association also provided a smart, 32-inch flat screen TV through the efforts of STAA member, Rosie Go-Tio, for use in the school gym and last but not least, as a yuletide gesture another cash gift was given this time to the College Community Involvement (CI) Program. All smiles was Sr. Superior, Purisima Pe.
The Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko Foundation is deep into humanitarian projects, one of them being children with cancer. Recently, philanthropist Nonie Uy, proprietress of that hilltop restaurant, Chateau de Busay, hosted a Christmas cheers event for the lucky kids, whose Christmas would otherwise have been bleak and lonely. Fellow Kapwa members assisted Nonie during the affair.
It was indeed a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree lighting ceremony for Cebu City Marriott Hotel (CCMH). Their tree featured, among others, Crocs footwear hanging as decor. This yearly tradition has been both unique and unconventional. Special guest City Mayor Mike Rama led the VIPs in hanging the first pair of Crocs footwear, followed by the official lighting of the tree. Also present were Ken Choi, chairman of the Korean Association and CCMH general manager Bruce Winton.
The hotel’s thrust—Spirit to serve the Community—is a core value of Marriott International, which is to give back to the communities wherein both Marriott associates and their guests reside.
For the third year, the hotel has partnered with Crocs in this tree community project, to reach out to underprivileged school children by providing 100 pairs of the footwear brand for better hygiene and to facilitate in their daily activities, be it for school or play.
The hotel invites guests to participate by donating a minimum of P500, which will allow them to hang a pair of Crocs on the tree.
The cash donation was given to the World Vision project that provided the families with a special Noche Buena treat. The 100 pairs of Crocs will benefit schooling kids of Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. in Talamban and Children’s Haven Foundation in Mactan. So give till it hurts!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2013.