Dusit Thani Manila

Christmas Tree Lighting

Makati, Philippines - Dusit Thani Manila celebrates the most awaited season of the year as it brings back is Christmas Tree Project dubbed as Family Tree.

This year, Dusit Thani Manila invites some of the country’s most sought-after families to join in this Christmas endeavor, and unite in the spirit of the season by providing their very own symbolic Christmas Tree, which best evokes the family they represent. Each original creation will be on exhibit at the hotel lobby from November 15 to December 28, 2011. The families include Aldanese, Carrion, Cruz, Cunanan, De Venecia, Jacinto, Llamas, Villar and Yao.

A symbol of hope will surely be ignited as soon as the Yuletide lights and the flash of holiday cheers come alive at Dusit Thani Manila through the featured Christmas Trees. At the same time, the hotel invites all its guests as well as Facebook fans to cast their votes for the best Christmas Tree, where P350,000 will be  donated to and shared by the chosen charity of the top three winning trees.

This year’s theme “Family Tree” focuses on bringing families together, reminiscing the values and traditions shared throughout the years from generation to generation. With each family’s endearing story to tell, as translated to the design of their Christmas Trees, it is Dusit Thani Manila’s hopeful wish that a sparkle of hope will be bestowed to all mankind through the message each Family Tree brings.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY (Shown on photo above (L-R): Senator Manny Villar, Dusit Thani Manila’s General Manager Prateek Kumar with daughter Jia and wife Yvonne; Geb Werner Heidorn, German Ambassador Joachim Heidorn and daughter; Dusit Thani Manila Senior Manager – PR and New Media Danelle Palang; Johnny Litton and Tessa Prieto-Valdes.


What for you is Christmas? 

It may be the gifts wrapped in fancy papers and ribbons or children’s carols. For some, it is the meal shared on Christmas Eve no matter how simple or festive it may be.

Here at Dusit Thani Manila, we believe that it is the spirit of giving. And we think that the best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each others’ arms.

And so, this year, Dusit Thani Manila gathers families from different walks of life and invites them to enthuse others by sharing values and traditions their families have been accustomed to. More so, provide an avenue where children of the next generation will be inspired to be a channel of blessings to mankind.

Through this project dubbed as Family Tree, join us as we endeavor to give this season a new and deeper meaning.

The hotel also invites all its in-house and dining guests as well as Facebook fans to cast their votes for the best Christmas Tree, where cash prizes will be donated to the top three winning entries’ chosen charity. Voting is from November 15 to December 25, 2011.

Check out Dusit Thani Manila’s Facebook Fan Page for updates.


    I. Choc Full of Love

The Campos-Aldanese Family believes that there is no better way of showing your love this holiday season than to give a sweet part of you... something that everyone would surely love. 

Made from recycled materials, such as plastic lids, coaster and small plates to represent different flavor of Villa dell Conte chocolates, and wood twigs, the architectural Christmas tree is designed by visual artist Doltz Pilar.

The Chosen charity is the Emmaus Home for the Dying and Abandoned Aged.

    II. Reflections of Light

The Joel Cruz Family Christmas Tree is a modern expression like an art installation with glass cube bases, using recycled perfume bottles in different shapes and sizes. Mirror is used to create multiple reflections of sparkling blue led lights and an illusion of infinity adorned with silver candelabras as accent.This was created with the recyclable glass as main inspiration related to the advocacy of the family of caring for the environment.

The tree is total representation of the Cruz Family as the materials used from their family business engaged in perfume and fragrances. Theirs is a big tightly knit family working together in their family corporation. The family works with love, respect, togetherness and the “bayanihan” spirit of helping each other while being self reliant.

The chosen charity is the Hospicio De San Jose, as a catholic welfare institution, of the poor where the young and elderly coming from diversified and marginalized families and communities find home. It is committed to serve the abandoned young and old, helping them experience quality life and become agent of social transformation.

    III. Childhood memories from a never-ending Travelife In memory of the late father TYC (1938-2011)

Christine Cunanan’s Christmas tree is about travel, and her childhood memories of traveling with the family during the Christmas holidays, on a series of unforgettable adventures to exotic places. These family Christmas trips sealed her lifelong love for travel. This Christmas tree is also in memory of her father who passed away last January. He was a brave soldier, and also a tireless traveler and adventurer.

Chosen charity is the Alay Sa Kawal Foundation, which is a foundation her mother founded in 1989 in gratitude after her father survived an ambush in Cagayan Valley. He had been with an entire platoon of soldiers and several award-winning photographers, and none of them survived except him, although he himself was badly wounded and on the verge of death in Cagayan when he was rescued.

Miraculously, and after months of rehabilitation, he emerged almost unscathed from this ambush. This is when her mother started the Alay Sa Kawal Foundation – to raise funds for families of soldiers who have died in the service of the nation.

    IV. Butterflies of Hope

To most Filipino families, Christmas is a very special time of year. It’s when we all gather around the Christmas tree, a vision of beauty bedecked in the most colorful spectacle, and toast to the Yuletide spirit. We unravel presents with gusto and merriment, exchanging hugs and kisses while Christmas tunes play sonorously in the background. The air is crisp and the tsokolate is thick as we take a momentous sip and gobble up mouthwatering delicacies and treats being served on the dinner table during Noche Buena. Christmas is indeed very special.

For our family though, it’s a holiday wrought with sadness and grief. The one powerful symbol that which anchored our once joyous experience of Christmas was also the reason why our house went down in flames in December of 2004, and along with it, took our most precious gift of all, our beloved KC. It had been those faulty Christmas lights that erupted in flames one night. Since then, a Christmas tree has not found a roost in our nowadays quiet holiday home.

This tree is called “Butterflies of Hope.” Butterflies are said to be representations of our departed loved ones and it has become somewhat of a symbol of hope and renewal for the Vera Perez and de Venecia family over the years. Like the life of a beautiful, passing butterfly, KC’s life, as well as that of our other departed loved ones, Daddy Pinggot Perez, Mommy Vera, Lolo Pepito, Lolo Goyito, Lola Casimira and Lolo Pepe de Venecia, Tito Bobby Vera Perez, Tita Boots de Venecia, Tito Tony de Venecia, Tito Gil de Venecia, and Tita Teresing de Venecia, were short yet meaningful. We honor their memory and their legacy in this butterfly-themed Christmas tree decorated with bright and colorful accents that are symbolic of all the wonderful memories we’ve shared together.

Our chosen charity is the KC de Venecia Scholarship Foundation. To date, it has sent over fifty underprivileged students to college in the field of the arts and the sciences. KC’s memory remains alive through their journeys, and in other endeavors like the INA Foundation (Inang Naulila sa Anak) – a support group headed by my mom, Cong. Gina de Venecia, for grieving mothers who have lost a child. It is the reason why our tree stands firmly here today.

For our family, Christmas might never be the same again. Our source of joy had departed us in this lifetime. But while there are butterflies, there is hope. While we breathe, we hope. While we love, we hope – hoping that someday we will meet again. This is for you KC!

    V. Angel of Music

The Jacinto Family Tree is adorned with Angels with musical instruments using gold decor to signify the richness and opulence of music originating from the classical times (Bach, Mozart, Chopin, etc).   The inspiration of Rustan's Flower Shop for its décor is RJ’s love for music.

The chosen charity is the Makabata School Foundation; located in Pasig.  It gives free education to the poorest of poor street children from prep to high school.  Headed by Maruxa Pita, a member of the Teresian Association (of St. Pedro Poveda College) and a recent Blessed Mother Teresa Awardee.

    VI. Christmas Symphony

The Llamas Family's Christmas Tree is filled with different musical instruments and gift boxes. This represents the various talents and blessings given to us by the Lord - that we should share in our everyday life. The gift boxes represent the different wishes we have for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, such as food, clothing and education.

With the Llamas Family being in the music and live entertainment industry, interior designers Pamela Tan and Aivan Magno have designed the Christmas Tree to symbolize the vision and image of the family.

The chosen charity is the Philippine Progress Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports our less fortunate brothers and sisters, including street children in the Philippines.

About the Llamas
The family behind Wilbros Live, an entertainment and live events company responsible for bringing international concerts of Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, the Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, Boyz II Men, Engelbert Humperdinck, Ne-Yo, Craig David and Akon, to name a few. They also organized the recent speaking engagement of President Bill Clinton in Asia.

    VII. Water Hyacinth With 3 Sails, 2011

The Villar Family, with strong familial roots, has been staunch supporters of the cleaning of Philippine waterways. They have encouraged the use of water hyacinth as raw materials to generate livelihoods opportunities.

Brother and sister Anthony Nazareno and Rita collaborated on the design with 3 sails (resembling a ship's sails catching wind in mid-motion) representing the 3 Villar children. The tree is woven in water hyacinth, meticulously hand-woven by the artisans of S.C.Vizcarra.

The Family will support the Villar Foundation new livelihood project ‘The setting up of a handmade paper factory which will use recycled paper and waterlily stalks as raw materials. 

    VIII. Giving Time

Christmas is a Time for Giving and sharing, it is also when we take a break from our busy schedules and spare some time to bond with our family and friends.
The Emerson and Lingling Yao Family’s chosen charity is World Vision.

    IX. God's Message of Love & Giving

Christmas around the world is a symbol of love, giving and joy. Carrion’s family Christmas tree is always centered on the Nativity, as the birth of Jesus Christ symbolizes God's undying love for us. The angels surrounding the Holy Family symbolizes joy and the mystical nature of Christmas. The small Christmas Trees that accompany the Nativity scene and the angels symbolizes the giving of gifts whether material or spiritual.

Donations for our Christmas tree will go towards the building of the Full Charity Clinic and Learning Center for the mothers and young children located in Barangay Cawit, Boac Marinduque. The blessing and inauguration of the Clinic and the Learning center will be held on November 11, 2012


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