Feeling Inspired at The Manor at Camp John Hay Ceremonial Tree Lighting Event
Baguio City, Philippines – As a kid, I was always fascinated with Christmas because it gives me a feeling of hope, togetherness, giving and love. Part of every Filipino Christmas traditions is having an elaborate or simple Christmas tree that evokes those feelings. Christmas isn’t complete without the tree and The Manor at Camp John Hay knows that. Every year, they hold a Ceremonial Lighting event for their guests to feel the spirit of the season in Baguio where there are pine trees, cold weather, and warm people.
This year’s event is another memorable experience which brings people from many places to witness. From the officials of Baguio City to the officials of The Manor at Camp John Hay (hotel info) and their staff, they made sure that everyone who is going to watch will definitely have a good time during the event. The event was full of entertainment, inspiring stories, fashion show, fireworks and the main event which is the Christmas Tree light show.
It was a three-hour event that highly affected everyone’s emotions because of how they presented it. The show was both inspiring and breathtaking. For one, the band named ‘On Call’ had the voices of angels and what better way to hear those kinds of voices during a Christmas event, right? The Manor also didn’t fail to showcase their native roots which were seen several times during the performances and other parts of the event. The event was attended by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, Congressman Mark O. Go, CJH Chairman Robert John L. Sobrepeña, Allan R. Garcia, Alberto Q. Avanceña and CJH Vice President Alfredo “Boysie” Yñiguez III, some of who gave meaningful speeches about the event, the hotel and the season’s spirits.
The event showcased several hand-painted works of persons with Autism on gowns, shawls and piña barongs. The models worked the stage when they wore the precious designs of the beneficiaries of the Autism Hearts Foundation. The main event which are the lighting of the Christmas Tree and the fireworks display came next. The whole garden was lit with small Christmas trees, different Christmas lights and the main Christmas Tree which amazed guests with its laser lights show. It was an intense several minutes of slow and fast moving lights complete with smoke and music. It’s a different approach on a Christmas Tree which made the show unique and more exciting.
The Fireworks display started after the Christmas Tree lighting. The fireworks were in close proximity above our heads so we got to see up close how complicated it was that for me as an spectator gave moments of pleasure.
The Tree lighting event at The Manor of Camp John Hay once again captured the hearts of their guests in this heart-warming event that gives hope this Christmas. By the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ and the goodness of the hearts for everyone involved in the preparation and the event itself; the show was very successful.
Everyone that night had a good time and got to feel the spirit of Christmas as early as November.