It’s already Christmas at the Pen Manila

Published October 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

by Jules Vivas

The five-star luxury hotel ushered in the Yuletide season with its annual “Festive Tree Lighting” ceremony last night, Oct. 15.

The short program was led by the Peninsula Manila general manager Masahisa Oba along with his executive committee.

LIGHT IT UP The Peninsula Manila GM Masahisa Oba (center) with his executive committee

While the traditional 45-foot Christmas tree would take a week to install, the whole preparation of the event took one year to finish.

STAR SPANGLED View from upstairs of The Lobby

The Lobby was made even more festive and locally festive adorned with 75 special parols made from abaca, sinamay, bamboo, gumon, and other sustainable, local materials, created by interior and jewelry designer Mark Wilson of Caro Wilson.

These ornamental lanterns, handcrafted by Filipino artisans from Baguio and Sorsogon, are Mark Wilsons’ first foray into holiday decorations.

STARS TOGETHER Interior and jewelry designer Mark Caro with Manila Bulletin lifestyle editor AA Patawaran

These parols are up for sale, and part of its proceeds would go to the Steps Scholarship Foundation.