SM City Manila Brings Yuletide Joy with “The Sweetest Christmas”

A giant chocolate cake for SM City Manila’s “The Sweetest Christmas”

Christmas is definitely the sweetest season here in SM City Manila. Last November 15, 2013, children and adults alike celebrated the start of the yuletide season at SM City Manila’s Activity Center with gifts, food, and lots of fun and excitement.

Issa Litton hosted the short, but sweet, program

The program was hosted by TV and events host Issa Litton, and attended by representatives from the city of Manila, including Councilor Joey Hizon III and Ali Atienza. Councilor Joey Hizon gave an inspirational talk about gratitude despite adversity, and reminded the children to be thankful for everything.

Councilor Joey Hizon III during his inspirational talk

Performances from the Manila Youth Chorale got everyone into the Christmas spirit, with their renditions of popular Christmas songs and hymns.

The Manila Youth Chorale

Confetti and balloons rained on the Activity Center, and another surprise was revealed! A giant cake designed like a chocolate bar was wheeled out for everyone to enjoy.

And Christmas would not be complete without the presence of Santa Claus. Kids and kids-at-heart had their chance to have their photos taken with Santa, and were given plenty of gifts, courtesy of SM City Manila.

This early Christmas celebration means a lot to the children from San Vicente de Paul orphanage. I am sure that they had fun receiving gifts, having their photos taken with Santa by the giant fondue display, and eating lots of sweet treats. While Christmas may be difficult to celebrate for these children, especially without having a family to celebrate it with, I’m glad that we got to see them smile and enjoy themselves during the program. After all, what is the essence of Christmas if not for making other people happy?

Sweets overload

As for me, I had my share of fun as well, as I helped myself to the sweet confections served after the program. I felt like a kid again with all the cookies, gummy bears, and candies that they served.

Enjoying my giant cookie

Thank you, SM City Manila, for making the children of San Vicente de Paul feel special, and for spreading good cheer with the infectious Christmas spirit. It is truly the Sweetest Christmas, only at SM City Manila.-HANA

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