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Sweet Reasons to Love Christmas at Makati Shangri-La, Manila

Shangri-La Makati's Gingerbread Star, in support of EMBRACE

Christmas proclaims itself as many things: the most wonderful time of the year, bringer of glad tidings and good cheer, a season that brings out the child within, among other warm-in-your-tummy associations.

Yes, it is all that and more – but, it is also a season of seemingly endless activity and obligation. And, if you focus on all the trappings, it is all-too easy to get hopelessly lost in the red-and-green frenzy.

Amidst the head-spinning holiday hustle-and-bustle of the season, Manila’s premier hotel, the Makati Shangri-La, gives us oh-so-sweet reasons to love Christmas.

Gingerbread, for a cause

Mr. Gingerbread Man, a classic element of a beloved childhood Christmas, takes centerstage at Makati Shangri-La this festive season. Step into the hotel lobby and be greeted by the delicious aroma of cinnamon and spice wafting from the giant gingerbread house underneath the grand dome. The edible house is a small Christmas miracle, in itself, as it was lovingly handcrafted by the hotel’s pastry chefs who worked through the night over a total of 20 days. Ginger bread loaves, Christmas jams, fruitcakes, and more are available for sale within the large confection’s yummy walls.

Festive cookies at the Gingerbread House

Festive cookies at the Gingerbread House

Shangri-La Makati's Gingerbread Star, in support of EMBRACE

Shangri-La Makati’s Gingerbread Star, in support of EMBRACE

The sweetest purchase you can make, perhaps, is a Gingerbread Star, which you get to hang on the hotel’s Christmas Tree. The proceeds from every cookie star sold (priced at P500) will go to Makati Shangri-La’s EMBRACE Kids, to support the medical, financial, and emotional needs of a group of critically ill children.

Holiday goodies for sale at the Gingerbread House

Holiday goodies for sale at the Gingerbread House

The giant Gingerbread House at the hotel's Grand Lobby

The giant Gingerbread House at the hotel’s Grand Lobby

Christmas eats and treats

Holiday cheer awaits you with the hotel’s many events lined up for December. Leading up to Christmas Day, enjoy Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., serenaded by a live orchestra. Rate starts at Php 1,850 ++.

Classic holiday treats to enjoy at Afternoon Tea

Classic holiday treats to enjoy at Afternoon Tea

For a delightful evening of Noel-themed performing arts, catch A Sweet Christmas Story, a show by the Philippine Ballet Theater, on December 9 at the Lobby Lounge. This promises to be a showcase of elegant dance, set to the tunes of classic Christmas songs. Tickets are at Php 2,500 ++ per person inclusive of dinner.

And, to bring the Christmas fun onto your table, grab a Holiday Hamper filled with traditional Yuletide goodies at Sinfully Circles.

Sweet staycation

Looking for some R&R amidst the Christmas hubbub? Consider going on a Gingerbread-inspired staycation at Makati Shangri-La Manila. Relish the respite and revel in various activities for the whole family such as a tipi tent experience, arts & crafts and cookie decorating classes.

Make your Christmas all the merrier and sweeter at Makati Shangri-La Manila!

Performers bring holiday cheer at the Tree-lighting ceremony

Performers bring holiday cheer at the Tree-lighting ceremony

The hotel’s team, garbed for the season

For more information on the hotel’s festive offers, please access the E-brochure at bit.ly/ASweetChristmas2017.

 

By ANGIE DUARTE
Photos by ANDIE D. SYYAP
Andie Syyap Photography’s Facebook page and Instagram

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