Homecoming with its annual lighting ceremony. The full service property showcased its travel inspired Christmas tree filled with festively designed suitcases and location tags of iconic cities where Hilton properties reside as its ornaments.
The heartwarming and joyous celebration started with a spirited theatrical performance by the University of the Philippines Filipiniana Dancers accompanied by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra that serenaded guests throughout the evening. The lighting of the 12-foot tall tree at the hotel’s main lobby was then led by Hilton Manila general manager Simon McGrath together with the kids from Smile Train Philippines; alongside Kingson Sian, President/CEO of Resorts World Manila; and honorable Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Pasay Mayor.
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“The Christmas season is more than just celebrations and gift giving, it is an occasion to spread joy, give thanks, and reach out,” McGrath says.
To complete the impressive sensory experience, Madison Lounge & Bar gave an aromatic and warm welcome to arriving guests with the opening of its one stop Gingerbread gift shop adorned with real sugary treats and handcrafted by the hotel’s resident pastry team at the hotel’s welcome lobby. The giant confection features a decadent medley of sweet creations, Yuletide hampers and suitcases-to-go packed with an assortment of savory gourmet delights and homemade goodies.
The ceremony also announced the partnership between Smile Train Philippines and Hilton Manila, which endeavors to provide free surgery and care to children born with cleft and other facial deformities.
In support of this charitable advocacy, guests may purchase Hilton Manila’s featured huggable plush doll, Sunny the Bear, at Madison Lounge & Bar for PHP 400. All proceeds will be awarded to Smile Train Philippines who are committed in providing the gift of new smiles and second chances at life to children with clefts.