Christmas Chronicles: How Cebuanos Celebrate Christmas [Pasko sa Bluewater]

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Cebu City, Philippines – Christmas is the time of the year when people gather for some holiday cheer. It is a time when people share and give their blessings back to the community they exist. It is also a time where families, friends and colleagues gather under the spirit of camaraderie and selflessness.

Tradition of Long Celebrations

Cebu has always been a go to destination during Christmas. The island has been shining ever since with regard to how the Cebuanos celebrated the Yuletide Season. Christmas for Cebuanos usually runs from Advent Season down to the most awaited Sinulog Festival which occurs at the 3rd Sunday of January. Christmas season is an extended affair that most relatives who are in the other countries would look forward to.

Bluewater Maribago’s Walk Among Stars

First stop on this series is Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort. The resort is the home of the Bluewater Resorts brand, and has existed for more than 2 decades. It is given that whenever families and friends from all over the world come home to Cebu, the resort warmly welcomes them with open arms. Creating memories lasting for a lifetime is not a problem here. The expansive resort lived up to its tagline of “embracing the charm of island living” while showcasing the best of Filipino culture: creative, warm, friendly, attentive, caring, and relaxing.

Last November 18, 2016, Bluewater Maribago celebrated its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with a twist. Dubbed as “Walk Among Stars”, the resort instead made a makeshift bamboo house and don it with Christmas Lanterns that resembles the vast starry starry night. This uniquely Filipino concept is what makes the event a hit.

The Annual Tree Lighting was facilitated by Board of Director Kerbasi Ugarte, Lapulapu Tourism Head Hembler Mendoza and the resort’s General Manager, Rhyz Buac. It was done at the Pavilion just behind the receiving area.

Also, the following charities were honored during the activity:

Panglao

  1. Danao Health Center
  2. Danao Elementary school
  3. Looc Elementary school
  4. Panglao Bantay Dagat group

Sumilon

  1. Cansalo-ay Integrated School
  2. Hagdan Primary School
  3. Looc Elementary School
  4. Tan-awan, Oslob Sea Wardens & Fisherman’s Association (TOSWFA)

Maribago

  1. Albert Schweitzer Foundation
  2. Hugpa
  3. Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries
  4. CNU –Tuburan

Cebu Bloggers Society Joins Walk Among Stars.

The Cebu Bloggers Society together with other media personalities were fortunate to join the Annual Tree Lighting for the resort. We were treated with utmost hospitality and warm service.

Holiday Packages

Package A – Php 14,000 nett/room

3D/2N Room Accommodation
Daily Buffet Breakfast
One-Time Buffet Themed Dinner
Airport Transfers
15-minute Welcome Foot Massage
Bluewater Christmas Giveaway
20% off Food and Beverage
20% off Amuma Spa Services

Package B – Php 7,000 nett/person

Overnight Room Accommodation
Buffet Breakfast
15-minute Welcome Foot Massage
Bluewater Christmas Giveaway
20% off Food and Beverage
20% off Amuma Spa Services

Other Activities Worth Visiting

Balay Pasko Sweet Treats: 

The resort also had Balay Pasko where sweet treats are up for grabs at the Amuma Juice Bar from Nov 18 to January 7. They open from 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM daily. They serve delicacies and regalos, the Original Chocoron and the Classic Banana Bread [will be blogging about it on my food blog :)]

Simbang Gabi 

Come and Celebrate a Filipino Holiday tradition and series of dawn masses to usher in the Advent Season from Dec 16-24 at the nearby Sto Nino Mactan Parish Church. Free shuttle rides and fresh made Puto Bumbong and Bibingka for the in house guests.

2017 New Year’s Eve Bash

A Filipiniana Grand Party at the Beachfront on Dec 31, 2016. Welcome  the year with a Bluewater Bang! Gala Dinner Buffet with live entertainment inclusive of five beverage coupon and sparkling wine for toasting for a fee of Php 4,500 per person. Add Php500 to avail of the wine buffet. Serving time from 7pm – 12 MN. Special Tip: Indulgence and Bluewater Bliss Members get 10% discount. 🙂

Celebrations at Bluewater

Oh What Fun! Corporate Group Celebrations

Make it a holiday Season to remember. Be it intimate or big celebrations, the resort makes your parties and holiday get-togethers a creative and memorable affair. Package starts at 1,300 per person inclusive of Unique Outdoor/Beach Venues, Free use of Allegro Pool and Beach as well as Christmas Treats. Minimum of 30 persons.

“Go Barefoot” Pocket-Get-Togethers

This event is perfect for small gatherings. You can enjoy a cozy alfresco setting at the picnic grove or by the beach at sunset, with your choice of delectable food: Ato’ang Inato, Aplaya Filipina, Island Grill and Fiesta Mexicana. Package starts at Php 1,200 per person and is good for 10-20 persons only.

Weddings at Bluewater

The resort’s setting is more intimate, cozy and the environment is quaint, relaxing. Pampering is warm, gracious. Experience Customized Wedding Packages that only Bluewater Resorts can offer.  Call 402 4100 local 5131.

It’s a great time to visit and stay at the resort. For event bookings and reservations, please call Bluewater Maribago’s Banquet Office at (032) 402 4100 local 5131 or email banquet.maribago@bluewater.com.ph

Here’s to more Holiday Cheers!