Around town

THE Christmas tree lighting affairs have started with the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino first on the list. Its event dubbed Holiday Glitters took place last Monday, Nov. 6.

Coming up on the 10th is the lighting up of Radisson Blu’s traditional blue Christmas tree. Nov. 16 is the date chosen by Marriott Cebu City Hotel for its Christmas tree lighting followed by its Global Customer Appreciation Party. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is all set to light up its tree on Nov. 17.

It will be a “starry tree-lighting ceremony,” so says the “save the date” note of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa on Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. And Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Tree of Hope will come alive on Nov. 25.

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On sked for Dec. 3, is Colegio dela Inmaculada Concepcion’s alumni homecoming, an annual gathering of Inmaculadistas at the dear old Alma Mater. This year’s affair is called “Coming Home in Coachella,” and yes, it will be a day of art and music. The CIC grounds will become a pop-up valley, Coachella-inspired, that brings to mind the largest and most famous music festival in the USA and all over the world. The officers of the CIC Alumni Association are working on the double for the success of the homecoming. By the way, the special honoree this year is philanthropist/civic leader Felisa Yap Chiongbian.

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Montebello’s Glass House was all lit up for the Tour de Cebu Drivers’ Gala Night. On the frontline was hotel general manager Lui Alvarez who is also one of the founders of Performance and Classics Enthusiasts of Cebu (Pace), the moving force behind the activity. It was a Retro evening, a Gatsby-inspired party with Pace members, family and friends as well as Manila guests in Roaring 20’s get-ups. Other frontliners were Pace chairman Michael Lhuillier, businessman Chris Tio who gave a short speech and led the toast for the late Pace member Bobby Aboitiz; and Eli Solomon of Rewind magazine who gave a brief talk.

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Khana, a celebration of Indian cuisine, formally opened with a colorful ritual at the grand lobby of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. It began with Indian dances and then went on to the lighting ceremony which is dubbed Diwali, the festival of lights. Among those who participated in the lighting ceremony were Marco Polo general manager Brian Connelly and Harpreet Sethi who both gave brief remarks. Then the action shifted to Cafe Marco where an array of authentic Indian dishes awaited the dinners. Culinary consultant was Judeline Murjani.

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And speaking of the Marco Polo group, a team from Marco Polo Hotels Hongkong came to town and interacted with media friends. Director of communications Samantha Poon with assistant communications manager Angel Wong presided over a delectable sit-down dinner at the penthouse Blu Bar and Grill. What’s new at the three Marco Polo properties in Hongkong? It is all good news... Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel won the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA (Hongkong Management Association) Quality Award ceremony last July. The iconic Marco Polo German Bierfest also garnered the Gold Award for “Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment” at The Marketing Events Award 2017 organized by Marketing Magazine.

The Marco Polo hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon is ideally located right in the heart of Harbour City, Hongkong’s largest shopping complex with 450 shops and eating outlets. Altogether Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel have 1,459 well-appointed rooms and suites each equipped with complimentary handy smart phone and Wi-Fi plus deluxe amenities. All three have always been favorites of Filipino travelers.
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