March 07, 2022

Hopeful, happy, hearty holidays at Marco Polo

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THERE’S no other season which sheds that bright light of hope into an otherwise dreary existence than Christmas. As the wise men who sought the newborn King in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago were guided by a star, so too our world seeks a guiding light, most especially in the middle of the pandemic.

In the Queen City of the Philippines, the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has done its part in sharing hope during the holidays for the last 15 years. Christmas is alive and well at the Marco Polo, where the global economic downturn has not stopped the hotel from paying it forward. On Nov. 27, it kicked off the festivities with its annual Christmas Tree lighting, in partnership with GMA Regional TV, through an online event. Marco Polo’s “Tree of Hope” has become a local tradition. Hotel guests and visitors can donate to the Tree of Hope for only P200 per Christmas ball until Jan. 6, 2022. All proceeds will be forwarded to the GMA Kapuso Foundation.

“The last 15 years, we have celebrated our Tree Lighting every year as our way to signify the start of the Festive Season. This year we are keeping this tradition, despite the fact that we continued to battle against Covid-19. We will stay strong and resolved in celebrating this season with this year’s theme, ‘Christmas Together,’” said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly.

During the event, Connelly turned over donations amounting to P100,000 to Ann Marie Tan, assistant vice president and station manager of GMA Regional TV Central and Eastern Visayas, and Amabelle Russiana, GMA Kapuso Foundation regional coordinator. The Voice of Cebu Chorale also performed during the event.

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