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Parklane hotel highlights Christmas meaning, essence in tree-lighting ceremony

Cebu Parklane International Hotel lights up a tree made out of old newspapers fashioned into autumn-colored leaves with the nativity scene as centerpiece to usher in the Christmas season.

Sugilanon sa Pasko-The Cebu Parklane Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a retelling of how this most important of events came to be celebrated in the Philippines.

FESTIVE CHEER. (From left) Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Mrs. Eugenia Ting, and President Basil Ting.
FESTIVE CHEER. (From left) Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Mrs. Eugenia Ting, and President Basil Ting.

Basil Ting, hotel president, said Parklane is putting emphasis on the Christmas story to highlight its real meaning and essence.

Tree-lighting guests, which included Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, were treated to amazing performances by the Fidelis Choir and MDF Productions.

Christmas feast

The hotel also served a sumptuous feast that included its signature local dishes as well as delicacies from the town’s of Liloan, Asturias, Aloguinsan, Bogo, and Catmon.

Parklane continues to live up to its tradition of using recycled materials for its tree.

According to the hotel, “To many, a Christmas Tree is just a tree full of lights, trinkets and decorations. But for Parklane, behind the tree’s shimmer and glitter is a purpose and a reminder for us to nurture, sustain and preserve our environment.”

It also continues to assist children with cancer through fund-raising activities during the Christmas season.

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By Marlen Limpag

Marlen is the editor of MyCebu.ph and co-founder of Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media.