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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lights up Tree of Hope, marks season of giving

True to the season’s spirit of giving, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lighted its Tree of Hope last Saturday, November 16, to provide the less fortunate with a brighter Christmas this year.

Guests can pin a Christmas ball along with their most fervent wish on the tree for only P200 per piece. Their donations will go a long way towards helping GMA Kapuso Foundation beneficiaries.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly said the partnership with the foundation is now on its 10th year and the funds raised by the Tree of Hope have helped a lot of people.

SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS. The most anticipated part of the program for children was the appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS. The most anticipated part of the program for children was the appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Around the World theme

Oliver Amoroso, GMA 7 Vice President and Head of GMA Regional TV, added that the Christmas season is a reminder that “we have the capacity to be bearers of light in the life of others.”

The Tree of Hope has helped countless children get an education and aided victims of typhoons and earthquakes, among others.

The 20-foot Christmas tree reflects the “Christmas Around the World” theme of 2019. For a hotel that welcomes guests and serves food and wine from around the world, there’s no better choice, according to Connelly.

Students perform a Christmas number
Students perform a Christmas number/

Tree-lighting performances

Members of the Fidelis Choir sung Christmas songs while students from the Cebu Centre for Dance presented ballet performances during the tree-lighting ceremony.

Yasser Marta of the GMA Artist Center also performed several songs.

Picture-taking with Santa and Mrs. Claus and some delectable food capped the one of a kind celebration.

TREE OF HOPE. The 20-foot Christmas tree at the lobby reflects the “Christmas Around the World” theme of 2019. For a hotel that welcomes guests and serves food and wine from around the world, there’s no better choice, according to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly.
TREE OF HOPE. The 20-foot Christmas tree at the lobby reflects the “Christmas Around the World” theme of 2019. For a hotel that welcomes guests and serves food and wine from around the world, there’s no better choice, according to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly.

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By Marlen Limpag

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