Christmas came early for pupils of two elementary public schools in Manila, who were treated to an afternoon of good food, fun and games last November 8 at Diamond Hotel Philippines.
Diamond Hotel invited 20 students of Fernando Ma. Guerrero and Rafael Palma Elementary Schools schools to witness its grand Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The two schools are beneficiaries of the education program supported by the hotel in partnership with Synergeia Foundation, Inc.
Adding glitter to the affair was the presence of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Vice Mayor Iskho Moreno, who warmly shook hands and even exchanged hi-fives with the children.
Before the tree lighting event, the children enjoyed the games, prizes and the sumptuous merienda prepared by the hotel. Playing Santa Claus were hotel officials and employees, led by its President, Ms. Cecille Ang; General Manager, Ms. Vanessa Suatengco; and members of its employee association, Ugnayan. Members of Ugnayan even had bags of goodies for each of the kids to bring home.
The teachers who came to the affair described it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that the kids will never forget.