Help make people’s Christmas “Merry and Bright” and get the chance to win a round-trip to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific by donating to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Tree of Hope.
Cebu City’s finest is inviting everyone to the lighting of the Tree of Hope on Saturday, November 17. The lighting of the Tree of Hope kicks off the Festive Season at the hotel with this year’s theme “Merry & Bright”.
Catch live performances from Cebu Center for Dance, GMA’s The Clash winner Golden Cañedo and finalists Anthony Rosaldo and Garrett Bolden. Have a photo taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus as we count down together to the lighting of the Tree of Hope.
Marco Polo Plaza and GMA Kapuso Foundation have been partners for the past 9 years and a total of P1,344,181.57 in donations have already been raised. By donating to the Tree of Hope, you support various projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation such as the Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan Project, Give-A-Gift Project and many more.
By donating two or more Christmas balls, you can earn one raffle ticket for a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong care of Cathay Pacific.
Be part of this beautiful Christmas tradition and donate to the Tree of Hope for only P200 per Christmas ball from November 16 to January 6. All proceeds will be given to GMA Kapuso Foundation – one of the most accomplished non-government organizations in the Philippines whose mission is to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos.
Join us as we light up our Tree of Hope and bring a Merry and Bright Christmas to one and all. Celebrate this Festive Season with your family and friends at Cebu City’s Finest – Marco Polo Plaza. (Press Release)
Amid joyful songs and graceful dances, Marco Polo Plaza lights up one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Cebu to mark the beginning of the festive season.
But this isn’t just any ordinary holiday decoration; it is the Christmas Tree of Hope.
During this season of giving, the Tree of Hope accepts donations for underprivileged Filipinos through hotel partner GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly said during the lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope last November 25, 2017 that it has given more than a million pesos to aid in such projects as Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan, Give a Gift Project, and Operation Bayanihan.
Christmas Tree of Hope donations
Becoming part of this exemplary enterprise is easy. All you need to do is buy a Christmas ball for 200 pesos each and you get to hang it on the Tree of Hope with your good wishes, said Marco Polo Plaza Communications Manager Manna Alcazar.
The hotel has partnered with one of the world’s top airlines, Cathay Pacific, for Christmas 2017 so donors get a chance to win something for themselves when they donate to the Christmas Tree of Hope.
Those who buy two or more Christmas balls get a raffle ticket and a chance at the round trip flight to Hong Kong prize care of Cathay Pacific.
Performances by the Children’s Paradise Montessori Choir, Cebu Centre for Dance, Dreamcatchers, and GMA’s Migo Adecer entertained guests during the tree-lighting ceremony.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lit up last night, November 28, the Christmas tree that now dominates its expansive lobby to mark the start of the hotel’s annual “Festive Season” to celebrate the holidays.
The putting up of the Tree of Hope is a yearly tradition of the hotel in partnership with the GMA Kapuso Foundation. To mark the “season of giving,” people can donate through the Tree of Hope at P200 per Christmas ball, which are then used to adorn posts placed around the tree. Donors leave messages along with the balls.
Donations will be accepted until January 5. The funds that will be raised will be handed to beneficiaries and programs identified by the GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Tree of Hope partnership
“The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu and GMA partnership has touched so many lives,” said Mel Tiangco, executive vice president of the GMA Kapuso Foundation in a recorded video message shown during the tree lighting. She thanked those who donated money and encouraged people to extend their generosity to beneficiaries of the program.
The lighting up of the Tree of Hope is also a call for peace and goodwill, said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar during the ceremony.
The ceremony was highlighted by performances by the Celestial Voices choral group and GMA singer and model Frenchesca Farr, who gave a lively rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Msgr. Roberto Alesna opened the ceremonies by blessing the Tree of Hope. A highlight of the event was the opportunity for the people to have their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus near a mock fireplace put up at the lobby.