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[Photo of Holiday Shop]Going around Metro Manila in December, the eyes are always drawn to the colorful lights radiating from beautiful parols decorating the houses, the groups of young carolers belting out familiar Christmas tunes, the melodious sound of church bells summoning locals to the Misa de Gallo and the sweet aroma of puto bumbong and bibingka wafting through the air. To be sure, Christmas in this country is firmly rooted in tradition, and for many, Manila Hotel is an inextricable part of this.

Entering Manila Hotel’s gilded doors this Christmas, one cannot help but feel a palpable excitement in the air. Manila Hotel’s imposing lobby welcomes you to a transcendent masterpiece of holiday trimmings, jewels and garlands in hues of gold, red and green. The majesty of the Grand Dame beckons guests to a luxurious and joyful experience that encapsulates the essence of a true Filipino Christmas.

At the heart of the lobby stands a quaint holiday shop that is reminiscent of a romantic bygone era. A closer look will reveal a myriad of Christmas souvenirs from Belgian chocolates and pastries to elegant gift sets and Christmas hampers. The most expensive hamper—the Diamond Hamper—costs P750,000. A bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon from Yats Wine Cellars, Caspian Sevruga Caviar and a gift certificate for two nights at the Presidential Suite of the Manila Hotel are among the premium items included in the limited edition hamper.

[Photo of Diamond Hamper]However, what truly elevates the Diamond Hamper from its competition is its presentation. Instead of placing its contents inside a traditional wicker basket, it opts for a Louis Vuitton Alzer Anglais suitcase in monogram canvas. A classic Louis Vuitton design, it imbues the whole package with opulence and style.

Naturally, Manila Hotel has also made itself the perfect destination this Christmas with its Holiday Room Packages. Long favored by the jet-set crowd, including royalty, statesmen, socialites and movie stars, Manila Hotel affords guests the joy of spending Christmas in complete luxury. Apart from overnight stays in the hotel’s most lavish rooms and suites, the packages also include sumptuous meals at Manila Hotel restaurants, personal massages, shuttle services to nearby tourist destinations and tickets to the hotel’s grand holiday parties.

“Manila Hotel has always had a rich reservoir of stories, having been the venue for many grand gatherings,” says Nian Liwanag-Rigor, AVP for Corporate Communications. “Our Christmas celebration this year is another grand backdrop against which many stories are destined to unfold.”

Without a doubt, Manila Hotel has planned the perfect Christmas to a T. And apart from the general merrymaking and ever-present festive decors, Manila Hotel knows that what most defines the holiday season is great food. With this in mind, three of its finest restaurants—the Champagne Room, Mabuhay Palace and Café Ilang-Ilang—have each come up with delectable menus that are fit for hearty holiday feasting.

[Photo of Mabuhay Palace]Manila Hotel kicked off its Christmas celebration last December 2, 2009 with its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Invited friends came to witness the beginning of Manila Hotel’s grandest holiday season yet. In addition, Manila Hotel is geared up for a series of other events that focuses on the essentials while still providing the city’s grandest holiday experience. From solemn Christmas masses at the charming Roma Salon to an extraordinary New Year’s Eve Dinner Show at the Maynila Ballroom, they have arranged a whole gamut of activities that reveals the different facets of the holiday season. As a matter of fact, they even have a Santa Claus Party planned for children, the most avid of Yuletide celebrators. For a truly authentic Filipino Christmas, one only needs to step right inside Manila Hotel’s doors.

Indeed, it is very clear that their Christmas efforts reflect on the institution’s fusion of tradition with the modern essentials of luxury. “For us at Manila Hotel, we view tradition not as a static thing but as a gradual evolution. It’s all about knowing what to discard and what to keep, what to replace and what to simply dust off and polish,” explains Leon Keekstra, new General Manager of Manila Hotel. “As we get ready to bid farewell to 2009, we hope that you’ll join us as we welcome the New Year with strengthened passions as well as a renewed sense of purpose.”

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