It was a night of glamour as men and women of the tourism industry arrived at Conrad Hotel garbed in their glittering gowns and suits. It was indeed a pearly night from the accessories to giveaways and of course the Christmas spirit each one has that night.
The red carpet walk started at around 7:00 PM as they entered the elegant Forbes 1 of Conrad Hotel in pairs to the sound of quartet music. After the invocation, the lone host, Mr. Kenneth de, farm director of Costales Farm announced the entrance of Rigodon de Honor. Ms. Pearl Maclang of Marco Polo Davao and Mr. Cesar Cruz of T.R.I.P.S. Travel led the entourage of 12 pairs (Mr. Don Don posadas, Mr. Domenic Castillejos, Mr. Tony Chavez, Mr. Warren Perez, Mr. Casey Faylona, Mr. Joel Gajudo, Mr. John Eric Mendoza, Mr. Kevin Hinahon, Mr. Jerry Cabalce, Mr. Neil Ampo, Ms. Pie Pusing, Ms. Fe Yu, Ms. Jassel King, Ms. Jenny Santillan, Ms. Loubelle Mercado, Ms. Sarah Marquez, Ms. Weng Coloma, Ms. Felise Cruz, Ms. Rose Torres and Ms. Emy Malate) center of the ballroom to the surprise of the members. The “rigodon” group survived the ordeal of the waltz steps and end up standing with famous millennial pause. To some participants, it was against all odds and successfully defying the age factor.
Mr. Cesar Cruz, delivered the Christmas message of the board followed by the first raffle draw for pearl jewelries and accessories. Dinner was introduced with a parade of waiters serving the first course of the night.
Another highlight of the evening, is the performance of PHILTOA artists. Sourced out and volunteered from membership of the association, the volunteer artists who in spite of their busy schedule from their day jobs still found time to practice, learn their music and perform for the Christmas Ball. Music for a collective theme of Love for family, friends and country started with “Home“ sang by Miguel Capistrano, Director of Operations – Corporate of The Henry Hotel Manila. This was followed by Maria Michelle Reyes-Victoria, President & CEO of Golden Eagle Travel & Tours, Inc singing Wing Beneath my Wings. The dramatic lights underscored the soothing voice of Bucks Jimenez, Senior Sales Manager of Marco Polo Davao rendering his version of Dance with my Father. Katrina Barlis, Director of Sales of Hyatt City of Dreams Manila came out with her version of Ugoy ng Duyan. A surprise act by a heartwarming rendition of the song. Through the Years was performed by Bing Miranda, Assistant General Manager of Triplestar travel & tours. Performances of Kechie Price Business Development Executive, The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences; Love Ong-iko Lopez, Section Head – Sales – Enchanted Kingdom; Neil Cuevas – Event Secretariat, PHILTOA; Edison Rosales – Sales Manager, The Ascott Limited; Francis Arceo David – Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila; Roy Martin, Area General Manager- North Luzon of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham; and Jong Temporal – Sales Manager, Radisson Blu Cebu capped the individual performance. Piece de resistance was the group singing of Seasons of Love followed by Sa Araw ng Pasko where they were joined by the audience. The musical show, the first in the industry was directed by Eiman Ryan Laroda, Senior Sales Manager of Meranti Hotel.
More raffles were drawn to the delight of the participants. Last part of the program was the “Call for Help” where gift certificates given by members (regular and allied) were bidded out. The “Call for Help “ was able to raise Php 169, 900.00 which will be used to buy food and other essentials for the use of Missionaries of the Poor for annual “Christmas Treat “ of PHILTOA .