Waterfront Davao feels nostalgic as it lights the Holiday Tree

Nostalgic. When was the last time you shook a snow globe? Waterfront Davao mimics one with a tableau of gingerbread cookies

Two years hence and everyone special can gather around the Christmas tree once more. Hug, kiss, exchange gifts, laugh with glee, sing Christmas carols, nibble on ginger snaps, sip wine, raise the glass and celebrate what the season truly means—just like how it used to be. Just like how it should be. 

Waterfront Insular Davao looks back to everything that made hearts swell with joy. 

“Christmas Nostalgia at the Waterfront” is launched upon the lighting of the Holiday Tree
DOT-VIII RD Nelia Arina, Waterfront OIC-Operations Ali Bagting, DOT-XI RD Tanya Tan & House of Hope's Arleen Aportadera.

“Fueled by anticipation, characterized by the spirit of charity, goodwill, and gift-giving, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao desires to unleash the inner child within us and rekindle the fond holiday memories we had — thus the birth of “Christmas Nostalgia at the Waterfront.” Lies within our nostalgic memories are concepts such as the unwrapping of Christmas presents, writing Dear Santas, hanging of Christmas socks, and having a Christmas feast together,” said Ali Bagting, Waterfront Davao’s OIC for hotel operations. 

Ali Bagting, Waterfront Davao’s OIC for hotel operations

The hotels Christmas tree lighting was a nostalgic trip, from the Holiday look devoid of fancy trimmings yet tasteful and sophisticated that embraces the essence of a tropical seaside resort, the season’s tunes sang by a choir, a trip down memory lane with movies that warmed our hearts (while munching on popcorn), and gathering around the table for a hearty meal—the people the gathering was intended for —the children of House of Hope. 

The special guests of the affair- the children of House of Hope

Hearty is an understatement to describe what Chef Gilbert Banday and his culinary team prepared for the evening. Doing the Santa move would be the best way to describe the banquet— a Ho-ho-ho eye-popping standing before the spread and the belly rubbing after-feasting moment. 

Chef Gilbert tours the guests around the buffet spread

The scent of gingerbread filling the room takes you back to the past.
Does your family still gather around the kitchen to make gingerbread houses?

What to watch out for on the Waterfront Holiday menu? The chef is putting a twist to a personal favorite, the Chicken Relleno, and there several new savories that can brighten the table. You can either have it at Cafe Uno or take it home. On the dessert table, my not-so-sweet-tooth fell in love with the Chocolate Ensaymada. Perhaps it’s best to visit the Waterfront and discover for yourself what will make your palate tingle with delight. 

Tanya picks out her treat

Through the many Christmases Waterfront may have been bedecked with diverse and picture perfect Holiday ornamentations but one thing remained constant: the spirit is represented and who it’s all for- the children of House of Hope. 

“For this Season of Giving, Waterfront is launching the ‘Yuletide Giftogether’ Room Promo where P200.00 goes to the foundation, and the ‘Pouch for Hope Campaign’ where guests get the opportunity to decorate the Christmas Tree while helping out the cancer-fighting kids,” share Pao Rosello, OIC-Sales & Marketing. 

‘Pouch for Hope Campaign’ is an opportunity for guests to decorate the Christmas Tree & help out the cancer-fighting kids

Pao Rosello, OIC for Sales & Marketing

There’s a lot happening on “Christmas Nostalgia at the Waterfront.” Watch out for them and enjoy everything. Merry Christmas! 

The chef with the evening's gift of mini-hamper

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