Waterfront Cebu’s Tree Lighting Ceremony (from left): Department of Tourism-7 regional director Shalimar Hofer Tamano, Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama, Waterfront Cebu general manager Anders Hallden, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, and renowned businessman Michel Lhuillier.

To officially kick off the Yuletide season, Waterfront Hotels & Casinos held its most-awaited annual tree lighting ceremonies last month in all of its three properties: Waterfront Cebu (November 5), Waterfront Mactan (November 6), and Waterfront Davao (November 20).

This year, the country’s largest Filipino-owned and managed hotel chain opted to go for short, yet solemn celebrations with the intention of lighting up not only the Christmas trees, but also the hope to the neighboring communities as it launched “Waterfront Light of Hope-The Season of Giving,” a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project which aims to share hope and happiness by giving back this Christmas.

Waterfront Hotels & Casinos’ goal is to to reach out to 3,000 frontliners and 3,500 families in need by giving out special Christmas in a Box meals and Noche Buena Christmas boxes, respectively. They hope to raise a total of P3.75 million to fund this Christmas project. The hotel chain, which has been active in donating to the different communities of their properties this year, have already pledged P1 million for this cause and is hoping to put together another P2.75 million in order to bring smiles and warmth this Christmas as they spark hope for better days ahead and encourage others to share what little they have.

Waterfront Davao’s virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony (from left): Executive housekeeper Harly Batuigas, assistant F&B service manager Christine Garcia, IT manager Christian Nellas, security and safety manager Joseph Rondina, Waterfront Davao hotel operations OIC Jennifer R. Romero, guest services manager Julius Val Vinuya, chief engineer Billy Boringa, F&B service manager Robert Cris Montecalvo, finance manager Almira L. Molina, and executive chef Anna Mae Briones.

There are multiple activities that are available in all the Waterfront properties that others can participate and get involved in the cause: decorate trees with “Ornaments of Hope,” purchase a limited-edition “Waterfront Care Bears,” toss in donations in the “Christmas Wishing Well” or “Light of Hope Donation Boxes,” dine in at UNO on “Festive Fridays” and “Yuletide Weekends,” enjoy a stay with a cause with the “Simple Joys of Christmas,” or purchase artworks featured at “Stroke of Hope.” The “Waterfront Light of Hope” Christmas project will run until December 24, 2020.

Call Waterfront Cebu at (+6332) 232-6888; Waterfront Mactan at (+6332) 340-4888; Waterfront Davao at (+6382) 233-2881 to 87, or visit their official Facebook pages for more details.

Waterfront Mactan’s tree lighting ceremony (from left): PAGCOR Casino Filipino Mactan branch manager Nestor Legaspina, Department of Tourism-7 Regional Director Shalimar Hofer Tamano, Waterfront Mactan hotel operations OIC Ali Banting, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, and First Lady and Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission chairman Cindi Chan.