Discovery Samal illuminates Christmas Tree; celebrates with beneficiary, Our Lady of Victory Training Center

In a spectacle that captured the essence of the holiday season, Discovery Samal, a five-star resort nestled in the Island Garden City of Samal, hosted a dazzling Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last December 1, 2023. With the theme, “An Enthralling Tale with the Nutcrackers,” the event marked the beginning of a month-long celebration filled with festive cheer, enchanting decorations and heartwarming moments. 

Against the backdrop of the resort's picturesque landscape, guests gathered for an evening that unfolded like a village filled with an enchanting tale brought to life in the tropical paradise of Samal. The towering Christmas tree, adorned with nutcrackers, toy drums, elegant ornaments and shimming fairy lights, transformed the resort into a haven of festive splendor. 

Discovery Hospitality Corporation’s President, Jose Parreno; IGACOS’ Mayor Uy; DOT Regional Director, Tanya Tan; owner Maridol Gonzalez; & Discovery Samal’s General Manager, Stanley Lau, 

Guests were treated to soothing music with a live saxophone performance by Alvin Go while having light cocktails. The event was opened by the angelic voices of the internationally renowned University of Mindanao Chorale and a world-class performance of Sugar Plum Fairy and Russian Dance by En Avant Dance and Arts Centre. Discovery Samal showcased its striking facilities, festive offerings, and heartwarming partnership with Our Lady of Victory Training Center—a home for disabled individuals as their official beneficiary. 

General Manager Stanley Lau said, “Discovery Samal will continue to strive to make a positive impact in everyone's life. This Christmas, may we continue to remember the true essence of this celebration and be an instrument to spread its magic.” 

General Manager Stanley Lau

Discovery Samal spared no effort in creating an ambiance of refined elegance. The Christmas tree stood as a symbol of timeless tradition and the joyous spirit of the season. The owner, Ms. Maridol Gonzalez, Discovery Hospitality Corporation’s President, Jose Parreno, Discovery Samal’s General Manager, Stanley Lau, IGACOS’ Mayor Uy, DOT Regional Director, Tanya Tan, along with Discovery Samal’s Coco and Pearl led the ceremony as it was the time to illuminate the dazzling Christmas tree. Blue Phoenix Drum and Bell Corps performed an awe-striking rendition of Christmas songs to signal the start of the holiday cheer on the island. 

The celebration extended beyond the illumination of the tree, as guests were treated to a delectable array of culinary delights from the resort’s culinary team headed by Executive Chef Daniel Rayos as they curated a festive menu featuring seasonal favorites and indulgent treats for a feast of the senses. 

It was an evening of heartfelt and magical atmosphere, filling the air with melodic renditions of classic holiday tunes. Everyone reveled in the harmonious gathering, capturing the true essence of Christmas—a time for joy, togetherness and creating lasting memories.

Harmony of Hues: Discovery Samal Champions Inclusivity With Our Lady of Victory Training Center

Discovery Samal, a beacon of luxury and compassion, recently concluded a heartwarming event in collaboration with Our Lady of Victory Training Center (OLV). The event, held on November 29, 2023, marked a significant milestone in the resort's commitment to inclusivity and community upliftment. 

General Manager Stanley Lau & Sister Glenda Java, the Executive Director of the Our Lady of Victory Training Center

The event aimed to create an inclusive space for individuals from Our Lady of Victory Training Center by fostering a sense of belonging and highlighting their unique abilities. Discovery Samal’s head of departments, along with General Manager Stanley Lau, was warmly welcomed to OLV for a day filled with joy, laughter and meaningful connections. 

Mr. Stanley Lau encouraged everyone by saying, “As we step into this program, let us remember the power we hold—to be used for good, to bring joy and to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Together, we can paint a brighter future, one where the colors of our efforts blend seamlessly to create a masterpiece of compassion." 

Sister Glenda Java, the Executive Director of the center, was elated to have the opportunity to host Discovery Samal and be part of its initiative to create a more inclusive environment for everyone. 

They commenced the event with inspirational performances and activities to promote skill development and empowerment. Guests and beneficiaries participated in a painting session to bond over their creativity and talent. The resort's team members and volunteers from the local community provided guidance and support, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and shared accomplishment. 

As a gesture of goodwill, Discovery Samal presented Coco and Pearl bears to each participant to symbolize the partnership and spirit of the holiday season. The resort also pledged ongoing support through a fund-raising event called “Holiday Bears for a Cause,” where a percentage of the proceeds will go towards the training center, reinforcing its commitment to making a positive and lasting impact on the community.