Over the weekend, I was in Bohol to join a Christmas tree lighting activity of one of the top resorts in the island. I thought it was the perfect way to usher the celebration of the holiday season now that the month of December is fast approaching!
The Bluewater group does an annual tree lighting ceremony and benefit dinner dubbed as “Pasko sa Bluewater” across their three resorts — Maribago, Panglao, and Sumilon — and I had the privilege to join Panglao’s event.
The guests were treated to a sumptuous Filipino buffet courtesy of Pepita’s Kitchen, led by no less than Ms. Dedet dela Fuente a.k.a Lechon Diva. Because in the Philippines, it is not a legit celebration without a lechon! Pepita’s Kitchen / Lechon Diva is famous for their reinventions of the lechon, with their own variations of rice stuffing — Filipino, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese — you name it!
Among the hit dishes (aside from the yummy lechon of course) were the Truffle Rice Lechon and the Super Suman — the former being awarded as the Tastiest Dish in Asia by the Chowzter group and the latter being included in Best Desserts in the Philippines. Oh, and just this September, they were awarded once again with People’s Choice for Favorite Lechon by The Choice.
Personally, I liked the Hiplog, Kare-Kare, Bulalo (bone marrow soup) and that entire table of Filipino desserts! Too bad, I was only able to eat a
small portion the last serving of the Super Suman because by the time I went to the dessert table, it already ran out. That’s how much of a hit it was!
But really, the star of the event is the Christmas tree! The lighting ceremony were led by Bluewater Panglao’s resort manager, Ms. Weng Jose, together with Ms. Dedet dela Fuente, and DOT Region 7 Director Mr. Joshur Judd Lanete II.
Their gold and red color-themed tree had a native concept, primarily using abaniko (a native hand-held fan) and with accent ornaments such as rattan balls, gift boxes, flowers and ribbons, which were all made from indigenous materials. The tree topper was a star parol, which I’d have to say, is very very Filipino. Overall, the tree perfectly suited the interiors, and is a great focal point, of Aplaya Restaurant.
Truly, it was a festive evening to celebrate the spirit of love and giving. Part of the proceeds of the benefit dinner will go to Bluewater’s partner charities in Bohol and Cebu.
Entertainment was brought to us by Jam 403, Himig Diwa Chorale of Holy Name University, and Lumad Panglaoanon Dance Troupe.
Thanks for having me, Bluewater Panglao! Until the next tree lighting event! 🙂
BLUEWATER PANGLAO BEACH RESORT
Central Hi-way, Panglao, Bohol
Contact : (038) 416 0702, email@example.com