‘Christmas As Always,’ Marco Polo Plaza lights up the Tree of Hope

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Turnover of Tree of Hope 2019 donations

‘Tis the season to be merry and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu kicked off the festivities on Nov. 14 with an online Tree Lighting Event in partnership with GMA Regional TV.

              “The last 14 years, we have celebrated our Tree Lighting every year as our way to signify the start of the festive season. This year is no different, despite the fact that there is a COVID pandemic. We will continue to be strong and resolved in celebrating these important days with this year’s theme, ‘Christmas As Always’,” said Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly.

Tree lighting countdown with Msgr. Jim Gorre, Brian Connelly, Ann Marie Tan and Amabelle Russiana
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope, Msgr. Jim Gorre blessing the tree, Fidelis Choir sharing the Christmas Spirit through carols

               The ceremony started with a heart-warming song from Asia’s Pop Diva and GMA Talent Julie Anne San Jose, followed with the blessing of the tree by Msgr. Jim Gorre. Marco Polo Plaza’s Brian Connelly then turned over last year’s donations amounting to Php 302,558.25 to Ann Marie Tan, Station Manager of GMA Regional TV Central and Eastern Visayas and Amabelle Russiana, GMA Kapuso Foundation Regional Coordinator.

              Christmas is the season of giving and spreading love. Through the partnership of Marco Polo Plaza and GMA Kapuso Foundation, a total of P1,846,739.82 in donations have been gathered to help support various projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation such as the Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan Project, Give-A-Gift Project and much more. Vice President and Head of GMA Regional TV Oliver Amoroso thanked the Cebuanos for the continued support.

              Share your blessings by donating to the Tree of Hope for only P200 per Christmas ball until Jan. 6, 2021. All proceeds will be given to GMA Kapuso Foundation,  one of the most accomplished non-government organizations in the Philippines whose mission is to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos.

              Online donations can also be done via bank transfer:

              Name of Bank: Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company

              Bank Account Type: Corporate

              Bank Account Name: Cathay Intl Resources Corp

              Account Number: 041-3-04151366-8

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