The holidays have officially rolled in at Diamond Hotel Philippines. At its recent annual Christmas Tree Lighting, attendees led by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso could hardly contain their excitement to witness the glorious lighting of the white, whimsical, 25-foot Christmas tree at the hotel lobby.
For the climactic moment of the event, Mayor Domagoso and his family joined Diamond Hotel’s General Manager Vanessa Ledesma-Suatengco at the podium for the ceremonial tree-lighting. Kids from the Remedios Training Center, with their parents and guardians, joined the festivities.
The Pansol Choir filled the air with Christmas carols while The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company transformed the lobby into a stage of motion and color with their zestful performances.
Over lavish cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests were charmed with the magnificence of the hotel’s yuletide garb, with the interiors festooned with snowy, rustic leaves, stylish ornaments of silver and gold, and reindeers reminiscent of glittering ice sculptures.
The tree, in its splendor, was strung in white and gold finery, adorned with crystals and pearled ornaments. This year’s classic color palette bears a symbolic desire for harmony and peace in the modern world, as well as value for inner lightness in a season that celebrates giving, reflection, and selflessness.
True to the spirit of generosity, Diamond Hotel carried on with the tradition of choosing a charitable institution to support through Christmastime. Kanlungan Ni Maria, a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding abandoned, sick, and impoverished elderly, is this year’s beneficiary. Guests are invited to donate P300 to their cause and, in return, have their generosity honored with a Christmas ornament bearing their name at the Charity Trees at the lobby.