Sheridan welcomes Christmas spirit in tree lighting event

The students of Sabang Elementary School singing their hearts out, in preparation for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa kicked off the holiday season this year with their annual tree lighting ceremony last week at Sitio Sabang in Barangay Cabayugan.

The event, which has become an essential part of the Christmas tradition in the community for four years now,  illuminated on November 20 a 12-foot tall tree festooned with poinsettias, white and gold baubles, some of which were weaved out of rattan, turtle doves, and handcrafted angels.

Joey Osmeña, corporate marketing manager of Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa, said the tree’s design follows the Pinoy tradition of celebrating the yuletide season — simple, yet festive.

“We have decided to come up with something simple yet making sure to highlight all the colors that give the Christmas season a special touch. Of course, there’s the traditional green, red, gold and the ornaments are handmade,” she said.

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa’s 12-foot tall Christmas tree in Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan was lighted on November 20, 2018.

She said the simplicity of the tree will be able to make their resort guests reminisce the happiest Christmas moments that they have had.

The tree wasn’t just put up to entertain guests and remind them of Christmas; it was there to symbolize the true meaning of the season which is the birth of Jesus Christ, he said.

Osmeña said Christmas is a season of love, family, and joy, as well as a day of giving and receiving gifts, and this year, the present from the tree would be extended to the children of the Sabang Elementary School.

“They have been helping us every year in celebrating the holiday spirit. They provide us the music for our guests. We usually treat them for lunch or dinner after the event. But as years pass by, we realized that these children deserve more than just a lovely meal as a reward for this kindness. So, this year, we want to do things differently by making Christmas special not only for the kids but also for their school. It’s time to give them a well-deserved reward as a way of thanking them for helping us,” she said.

Osmeña explained they have posted Sintra boards around the resort since the Christmas tree lighting for this year’s fund drive. If guests ask about them, an available resort staff will tell the story about the Sabang Elementary School that has helped them over the years.

If they wish to donate P250, it will be collected until December 31 for the children and the school. The gift can be left to the front office or the South Sea Restaurant.

Once the donation has been made, he said, donors will be issued a “Thank You” card from the resort, in appreciation for their kindness.

“We encourage our guests to help us in this fund drive for the elementary school. It can use the Christmas gift on any project they think is best for the children who have been singing for us when we have events,” Osmeña added.

Vilma Cacho, principal of the Sabang Elementary School, said they appreciate being made the beneficiary of this year’s fund drive by Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa.

For her, it’s a Christmas tale, in a sense because the resort gave the perfect gift to them, which is acknowledging and thanking them for years of entertaining their guests.

“Sobrang saya ko ‘nung sinabi ni Ms. Joey na para sa mga bata [Sabang Elementary] ang magiging beneficiary this year. Kasi taon-taon, nagpe-perform talaga ang mga bata dito sa resort tuwing paparating ang Pasko,” said Cacho.

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