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Wonderlands in the West




The Christmas season gets whimsical, wondrous and warm when one enters the western plank of Metro Manila, composed of the city of Manila and the coastal Pasay City and Parañaque. At hotels and other public areas, one will be pleasantly delighted by giant gingerbread houses, imaginatively decorated Christmas trees and spectacular decorations.
These flights of fancy accompany charitable efforts, inspiring generosity and, thus, capturing the real essence of the season.

Wonderland is an apt theme for the Christmas celebration of Century Park Hotel (CPH), which was recently launched. The highlight was the lighting of its 30-foot Christmas tree, led by CPH owner Dr. Lucio Tan and his family.

Okada Manila officially welcomed the Christmas season with a grand tree lighting ceremony centered on its 28-foot tree made of 38,008 of the fine capiz shells from Cebu. Along with the unveiling of the tree, the lifestyle and entertainment destination launched The Garden, a lush open space which offers guests a front-row seat to breathtaking views of the Manila Bay sunset. Get in the holiday vibe with choral performances of the award-winning Himig Rizalia on all weekends of December until the 23rd.

The 50-foot SM Mall of Asia Christmas tree is designed with over 500 ornaments and embellished with LED snowflakes, cinnamon sticks, giant snow balls, melting snow and images of MOA’s magical friends — Leo the lion, Ellie the elephant, Cyril the squirrel, Benny the bunny, Hannah the panda, Hailey the hippo, Macky the monkey and Gerry the giraffe.

Pan Pacific Manila sets sail to a nautical-inspired Christmas as it marked the start of the Yuletide season last 14 November with its annual tree lighting ceremony. At the center of the lobby, the hotel boasts having Manila’s largest indoor Christmas lighthouse as its central attraction. The 15-foot display represents the beacon that guides guests as they sail home to their loved ones this Christmas.

Midas Hotel and Casino officially welcomed the Christmas season with its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with the theme “A Beary Midas Christmas.” As guests enter the hotel lobby with its unique interiors, they are greeted by the smiles of teddy bears of different shapes and sizes and the feel of rustic-themed Christmas decors, including the highlight, the Beary Midas Christmas Tree.


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