Christmas 2016

Gorgeous Christmas decors, luxe goodies, and always a heart for charity at The Pen Manila

The iconic lobby of The Peninsula Manila features the Sunburst sculpture of National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

The iconic lobby of The Peninsula Manila features the Sunburst sculpture of National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

The Peninsula Manila has always been the epitome of elegance and graciousness.

Its iconic lobby, for one, is an easy choice when it comes to meeting up with friends or bonding with family members. This holiday season, the hotel pulls out all stops once again as it decks its halls with elegant decor, mounts its 45-feet-tall Christmas tree,and treats guests to tempting room promos, concerts, a giant gingerbread house, holiday dining, and its SnowPage charity project.

The hotel’s warm and gracious celebration started on November 10 as kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines and The Peninsula Manila’s general manager Mark Choon lit up the giant Christmas tree decorated with lanterns.

Guests gather at the iconic lobby of The Peninsula Manila hotel during the lighting event of its 45-feet-tall Christmas Tree, November 10, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Guests gather at the iconic lobby of The Peninsula Manila hotel during the lighting event of its 45-feet-tall Christmas Tree, November 10, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

To add more cheer, Santa showed up to greet guests and let out his signature laugh. The 20-string Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Kids serenaded guests.

The hotel is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the Philippines since it opened its doors on September 14, 1976. A series of events, including a grand gala held this month an Oscar’s Night-themed New Year’s Eve Gala Ball and Dinner on December 31 are part of the festive celebration.

The Peninsula Manila GM Mark Choon, shown here with the hotel's Santa Bear mascot, cheers the kids of Make A Wish Foundation as they light up the Christmas tree, November 10, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

The Peninsula Manila GM Mark Choon, shown here with the hotel’s Santa Bear mascot, cheers the kids of Make A Wish Foundation as they light up the Christmas tree, November 10, 2016. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.

Giving back
And, of course, it has been the hotel’s tradition to always make the season of joy a time for giving back. This year, luxury toy brand Papinee creates the property’s ambassador, the SnowPage, into a plush toy. The holiday ambassador, dressed up like the famous white-uniformed bellhops of Peninsula worldwide, is given a local twist as it sports colorful patterns and a sun motif adapted from the famous Napoleon Abueva “Sunburst” sculpture at the Pen Lobby.

SnowPage plush toy by Papinee. Photo courtesy of  The Peninsula Manila.

SnowPage plush toy by Papinee. Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.

As part of The Peninsula Hotels’ worldwide charity program called the “Trees of Hope.” Sales of its limited-edition SnowPage plush toys will benefit the kids of Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines, which aims to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Feeling generous? A limited-edition SnowPage plush toy by Papinee is Php4,000 nett; The Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament with bag has a tag of Php600 nett; The Peninsula Cocktail of Hope including a Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament is priced at Php900*; The Peninsula Mocktail of Hope, including a Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament is at Php790*; and The Peninsula Teas of Hope with three-tier cake stand and savories, including a Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament, is at Php1,380*.

Holiday schedule
Fans of cozy and elegant celebrations will want to visit the hotel for the following activities:
The Gingerbread House (it’s edible!), which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., offers various holiday food gifts and hampers for giving away.

Celebrate the joyous sounds of the season with Christmas carols on December 2, 9, 20, 21, 22, and 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The hotel's good-to-eat Gingerbread House. Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.

The hotel’s good-to-eat Gingerbread House. Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.

On December 4, get your hands deliciously “dirty” at “Santa’s Workshop” Festive Peninsula Academy. Attend its gingerbread decorating extravaganza where children and adults learn how to decorate their customized gingerbread houses to take home and use as a centerpiece for their holiday celebrations. Kids learn how to make popcorn, cookies, cakes, and hot chocolate for the kids; and gluehwein and other beverages for adults.

Santa’s Workshop is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garcia Villa and Balagtas Room. The fee is Php2,000* (one child under 12 and one adult)

Parts of the proceeds raised will benefit Virlanie Foundation that reaches out to streetchildren in the Philippines. And since it’s Christmas only if you share it with others, guests are encouraged to bring with them a toy that will be donated to the foundation.

On December 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Lobby, “Celebrations, 33 Years of Christmas Concert at The Pen” features pop and theater star Bituin Escalante, soprano Stephanie Aguilar, mezzo soprano Krissan Manikan, and tenor Lemuel dela Cruz accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbieri.

The price: Php1,650* minimum consumption, with part of the proceeds raised benefiting the sustaining efforts of The Peninsula Hotels’ “Hope for the Philippines” fund for the families affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

The Peninsula Manila offers a variety of Christmas hampers to give away to loved ones and friends this season. Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.

The Peninsula Manila offers a variety of Christmas hampers to give away to loved ones and friends this season. Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Manila.

The hotel has also lined up festive meals and parties for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day in all its restaurant outlets. And, of course, special room packages are also available to complete the merry celebration.

To find out more about The Peninsula Manila’s festive offerings, check their website at www.peninsula.com, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

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