Issue of November 4, 2018
     
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Santa’s Garden highlights of BCC Christmas Village
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Santa’s definitely coming to town, with Baguio Country Club presenting a Singapore by the Bay towers-inspired “Santa’s Garden” at its crowd-drawing Christmas Village this year.

The annual Christmas Village, which had its soft opening on Oct. 27, adopted the Santa’s Garden theme to offer residents and tourists a feel for white and colorful treat with the combination of thousands of real and artificial flowers, intricately lighted towers, hand-painted decorations, and the sought-after artificial snow show.

Santa’s Garden remains true with the tradition of the premier hotel of using environment-friendly and recycled materials like old golf balls, key cards, and discarded straws and papers, said Andrew Pinero, BCC Corporate Communications and Customer Service manager.

He said this year’s annual offering exudes feels of the popular Marina Bay Sands towers in Singapore to let locals experience the same fun and excitement in the city this Christmas season.

It also features large flower-studded creations, including a peacock, Santa Claus, and Christmas trees, commented by some as a prelude for the city’s annual Panagbenga Festival.

“It is complemented by the lights and artificial snow show. It’s quite an experience, even for Baguio residents who now come to visit the village, not only tourists compared in the past years,” said Pinero, who explained that the use of artificial flowers and materials for the decors this time was to keep the structures intact amid current periods of inclement weather in the city.  

He added that in keeping with Baguio’s Unesco creative city status, the management commissioned six budding local artists to do the artworks for the structures used in the Christmas Village.

As in the past years, the Christmas Village features the Nativity, music, and nightly performances by local talents.

The Christmas Village formally opens on Nov. 9, welcoming the public from 2 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 2 to 11 p.m. on weekends. It is open until Jan. 6, 2019.

Regular entrance fee is P120 for adults, P85 for senior citizens, and P50 for children four to 12 years old. Children three years old and below and persons with disability are free of charge.

The BCC management reminds revelers to observe the club’s dress code.  Wearing of bathroom slippers and beach shoes regardless of brand or price is prohibited.


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