Coming Back Home for Christmas at the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo
The Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo held its first ever Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 22. It coincides with the celebration of Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It’s theme, Coming Back Home for Christmas, ignites a deep longing in everyone’s hearts.
The Longing for Family
The digital age has made the world smaller because we can connect with anyone, anytime at our convenience. We can send and receive messages as well as talk face to face in real time through the internet.
But somehow, wherever our dreams may lead us, we still all have that longing to spend Christmas with our families back home. It still feels different when you can hug, laugh, cry, share family meals, and talk endlessly in person.
With this in mind, the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo aptly themed its 2018 holiday display as Coming Back Home for Christmas. It’s a uniquely themed Christmas arrangement with family travel as its central theme.
Travel: Coming Back Home for Christmas
The Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo stands proudly at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. This is a significant fact because the Iloilo Business Park was formerly the site of the old Iloilo Airport. And right across the entrance of this new Iloilo hotel is the old airport watch tower.
Ms. Cleofe Albiso, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, started the holiday celebration in the hotel with an invitation to be with our loved ones this season. These are the people who matter most to us–our family.
The spacious lobby of the hotel is dressed up in holiday colors like gold, copper, and crimson red. Every nook and cranny is adorned with globes, compasses, vintage bags, and other travel paraphernalia.
Aside from the fully-decked Christmas tree that stood on a compass rug, the main feature of the display is the gingerbread plane. The plane was painstakingly made by the hotel staff and it looks awesome! There is also a 13-foot replica of the old airport watch tower where Santa Claus is climbing down from! How witty!
All these elements speak to everyone of coming back home for Christmas.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Upon the arrival of guests, they were served with cocktails while being serenade by acoustic duo, Glynis and Anton from Cebu.
Then ballerinas from the SF School of Dance performed a classic ballet dance, which is an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. With the Christmas backdrop and the lighting, the ballerinas looked dreamy, like the snow fairies from the Nutcracker.
The highlight of the event was the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which was headed by Iloilo Mayor Jose Espinosa. He was assisted by the executives of the Courtyard, namely: GM Cleofe Albiso, HR Manager Frances Siongco, Director of Operations Maia Israel, Director of Sales Joy Alonte, and Asst. Dir. of Finance Marlon Galo.
Here’s a video of the exciting lighting ceremony:
Christmas at the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo
Director of Operations Maia Israel invited everyone to spend their holidays at the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo. This will save a lot of busy families from preparing their ideal Christmas spread.
The year-end holiday events at the hotel, are as follows:
Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet
- December 24, 2018 | 6:00PM to 10:30PM
- PhP 1,588 nett per person
Christmas Day Lunch Buffet
- December 25, 2018 | 12:00NN to 2:30PM
- PhP 1,388 nett per person
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet
- December 31, 2018 | 6:00PM to 10:30PM
- PhP 1,688 nett per person
New Year’s Eve Countdown Party
- December 31, 2018 | 9:00PM to 1:00AM
- PhP 1,488 nett per person
New Year’s Eve Buffet and Countdown Package
- December 31, 2018 | 6:00PM to 1:00AM
- PhP 2,800 nett per person
Family of Travelers
We are a homeschooling family. My husband and I believe that the world is our classroom. We learn so many things about the world and ourselves while traveling together. It can be stressful, but it’s fun.
At Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, coming back home for Christmas has just been made easier and more memorable.
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