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Khana and Christmas trees

Tess Catipay, Lara Scarrow, Xavier Masson, Julie Najar, Satish Naydu and Mila Demecillo

Tess Catipay, Lara Scarrow, Xavier Masson, Julie Najar, Satish Naydu and Mila Demecillo

THE MARCO Polo Plaza Hotel recently held an Indian food festival titled Khana, which is the Hindi term for food. It drew Indian food
enthusiasts who came to savor the authentic dishes prepared by Judeline Murjani.

Julie Najar, the Marco Polo’s general manager, presided the opening night program which involved ceremonial lightings and a spectacle of Indian dances by Val Sandiego’s company.

It was all quite colorful and festive, which adjectives apply to the food served on the Cafe Marco buffet. Dr. Nestor Alonso said he tried every one of them.

What next at the Marco Polo? The Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been set for Nov. 26, a Saturday, at 6 p.m.

The Radisson Blu Hotel had its Christmas tree lighting ceremony yesterday, an occasion that also marked the hotel’s anniversary.

There was a classical concert at the lobby with Arman Ferrer, Iona Ventocilla, the UV Chorale and the Mandaue Children’s Choir.

The Cebu City Marriott Hotel has chosen Nov. 17 for its Christmas tree lighting event. This is a prelude to a Christmas concert on Dec. 18, a Sunday, at 8 p.m. at the Sampaguita ballroom.

Featured artist is Ingrid Sala Santamaria as soloist in the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Cebu Youth Orchestra of the Classical Orchestra Music Studio, conducted by its founder and director Reynaldo Abellana.

The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais, Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Mission, and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. Christmas holiday tunes will conclude the concert.

On Nov. 18 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Mactan, it is “An Enchanted Emerald Christmas” for the Christmas tree lighting event, at 6 p.m.

According to marketing communications manager Hanski Garcia sumptuous cocktail fare will be served, and there will be a wonderful orchestra.

On Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa general manager Rene Egle will preside the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

TAGS: Cebu, Christmas, Christmas tree, cuisine, Marco Polo
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