Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila-Philippines
Manila local tourism head , Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada , Ms. Michelle Pe
Ermita Malate Business Owners Association ( EMBOA) members gave Christmas presents and cheers to at least 500 indigent children aged between 7 years-old to 12 years-old and their families at the newly landscaped Remedios Circle.
Special guests of honor includes Manila’s Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada , officials from tourism office, barangay officials , EMBOA members and schools.
Partner schools include Ermita Parish School choir, Emilio Aguinaldo College choir, Universidad de Manila choir and Philippine Women’s University choir.
Aside from the traditional gift giving , participants were treated to Christmas carols, cultural dancers and folk dances.
Universidad de Manila students
The students of Universidad de Manila performed folk dances like Pastores Talisay – A Christmas folk dance which originated from the town of Talisay -Bicol region. This folk dance with voluminous dress similar to Poblana China which dates back during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade.
This year’s activities and theme ” Maligayang Pasko: Handog Pasasalamat ng Ermita , Malate Business Owners Association ( EMBOA) , sa Remedios Circle , Malate .
Mr. Tetsuhiro ” Show” Suzuki and Ms. Angel Jores host of the program
The said occasion is one way to give ” Thank” to the 16 barangays which are partners of the organization . They are the ones who give their time , people and resources to improve the community .
” This Christmas Season, we wanted to share joy,love ,happiness and peace to the people most especially to the less fortunate kids. We want them to know that we care for them same as we care a lot for the development of Ermita , Malate” according to Ms. Michelle Pe ( President of EMBOA).
crowd which includes officials , media and bloggers
There were at least between 1,000 to 1,200 people attending the event.
After the program we were treated by the organization to a hotel tour , I will post the stories of our exciting tour .
I would like to ” Thank” the organizers and the PR’s for the invitation to the event.