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Novotel Manila launches its Sustainable Christmas celebration

Rekindle the spirit of giving with Novotel Manila Araneta City, which launched a “Merry Sustainable Christmas” celebration during the tree lighting ceremony last November 20, 2019. 

The epic centerpiece Christmas tree at Novotel Manila Araneta Center City

Using recycled scraps, reused decorations and repurposed materials, hotel employees personally decorated the halls with unique handcrafted Christmas ornaments. 

“Our team went beyond our hotel walls to bring attention a much bigger issue — sustainability,” said Novotel Manila Araneta City General Manager Mike Brown. 

Upon entering the hotel, guests will see the centerpiece Christmas tree comprising 20 layers of 707 empty wine bottles illuminated with more than 2,600 lights. 

The Binibini beauties join Novotel Manila Araneta City Hotel Manager Ms. Maria Garcia and General Manager Mr. Mike Brown, and Araneta City Chairman of the Management Committee Mr. Rowell Recinto.

“It is the glowing symbol of Novotel Manila Araneta City’s strong commitment in our AccorHotels global Planet 21 sustainability program that implements ways to address environmental and social issues,” expressed by Therese Galindo, Novotel Manila Araneta City’s Director of Guest Experience and Sustainability. 

Other unique decors include an innovative Christmas tree made of damaged trash bins; and a prancing reindeer made out of used soap with button eyes. At the Gourmet Bar and Food Exchange Manila, Christmas trees made of used wooden spoons, mussels and scallop shells adorn the dining area. 

Giving Back

Novotel Manila Araneta City’s RiiSe As One Committee also presented a generous gift to two ECPAT Youth and Children Advocates. Danna Joi Campos and Ronnie Baloca graciously received a six-month apprenticeship starting January 2020. 

“We see that the issue of sexual exploitation is also overlaps with poverty. With Novotel providing this apprenticeship program to initially two youth advocates of ECPAT is a big thing; this will provide them with more than decent work,” said ECPAT Philippines Project Development Officer Louie Esguerra. 

Two ECPAT Youth & Children Advocates, Danna Joi Campos and Ronnie Baloca receive their Apprenticeship Certificates from Novotel Manila Araneta City’s RiiSE As One committee headed by Hotel Manager Maria Garcia.

Since then, Novotel Manila Araneta City and ECPAT Philippines has been in partnership in ensuring children’s rights, advocacy and a child-safe tourism. 

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