SET in the lobby of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, the classic Tree of Hope was raised in partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation to mark the beginning of the Christmas season, having “Call for Peace” as the year’s theme.
Manna Alcaraz, Communications Manager of Marco Polo, said they wanted to promote peace amid the tragedies that are happening all over the world right now. We want to remind everyone that Christmas is also about the season of peace” she added.
The ceremonial lighting was led by Msgr. Roberto Alesna, GMA 7 Station Manager Ann Marie Tan, Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, Marco Polo Resident Manager Xavier Masson, and Marco Polo General Manager Julie Najar.
Also highlighting the event were performances from the Celestial Voices choral group and GMA singer and model Frenchesca Farr, together with dancers. Christmas balls in exchange for P200 pesos each are adorned at the posts placed around the Tree of Hope, which will be on display until Jan. 5, 2016. (Catherine Zeta Bayang, text, & Daniela Grace Arcenal, photos/USJ-R Communication interns)