In the spirit of the merriest season of the year, Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo lights up the tree together with beloved friends and family with the theme Coming Back Home.
The region’s first and biggest international hotel with its 326 rooms, invited its corporate partners, club Marriott members and its guests with their kids for its momentous tree lighting countdown ceremony. Upon guests’ arrival, everyone was treated to cocktails and hors d’óeuvres while waiting for the start of the program. Then to surprise everyone, KSynch sang a beautiful rendition of the song “A Wish on a Christmas Night” in acapella to jump-start the ceremony. The event’s host, also the hotel’s Events Manager, Ms. Gail Bangeles called in the Director of Operations, Ms. Maia Israel to officially welcome and thank everyone for their presence and support of the hotel’s 2nd tree lighting event. She also talked about the value of coming home for Christmas and seeing the entire festivities with child-like eyes of wonder and excitement. She lastly encouraged everyone to hang a Christmas ornament in the hotel’s tree for every PHP 50 worth of donation to help kids supported by the Save the Children Foundation, the hotel’s official charity partner.
Speaking of children, leading this year’s lighting event were Joaquin “Jake” Fong, son of Iloilo Business Park’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Ms. Jennifer Fong; joining him was napoleon “Thirdy” Jesus Golez III, son of Club Marriott Ambassador Ms. Sheilla Golez-Tiongco, and as well as Jelana “Nana” Dee Uy, daughter of Congresswoman Jam Baronda and Davao based Businessman, Oyo Uy. The three kids were accompanied by their parents and as well by Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo’s Director of Sales, Ms. Joy Alonte, Director of Operations, Ms. Maia Israel, Asst. Director of Finance, Mr. Marlon Galo, and Human Resources Manager, Ms. Rosalyn Sardon. At the count of three, the hotel’s tree was lit and showered by a burst of confetti that made everyone more excited. This year’s set-up comes complete with a life-size gingerbread fireplace that was made more festive with gifts coming from Toy Mart, the hotel’s official event partner.
More surprises started to appear as hotel waiters come into action giving kids gingerbread cookie decorating sets allowing all including the parents to get creative as they design their very own cookie. Sharon Mani, F&B Manager, shared with everyone what all guests should anticipate during the holidays in the hotel. At the middle of the fun, the joyous occasion was made even more exciting with the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Claus dropping by all the way from the North Pole. Everyone took the time to get pictures with them all throughout the night to really capture the moment.
Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo invites everyone to come, visit, and experience all the hotel’s offers all throughout the season. Check out all their upcoming events in their official Facebook fan page and room promotions through www.courtyardiloilo.comto know more about them. For inquiries, reservations, and bookings please call (033) 330-7600 or text 09178158904.