Paskwa Sa Panai: Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo ushers first Yuletide season

Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo ushers its very first Yuletide season celebration with the theme “Paskwa sa Panai”. The concept focuses on Iloilo City’s naturally colorful and festive Holiday customs and traditions - which the Ilonggos are known.

The ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree was led by Peggy Angeles, Executive Vice President, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp.; Congresswoman Jam Baronda; and Sonny Alvaro, GeneralManager, Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo.

To enliven the spirit of the Ilonggo tradition and incorporate it during the Christmas season, Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo partnered with Cham Lopez, Balai Hablon and Atelier de Hablon. The group behind the contemporary yet classy and culture-based Christmas designs at the hotel, created with higher value for local handwoven textiles and provided sustainable livelihood to the community. 

Broadway star Vien King and the University of San Agustin Troubadors wowed the guests with their rendition of Jose Mari Chan's The Sound of Life.

The highlight of the hotel’s Christmas decor is Hablon, a hand-woven textile used for clothes and tablecloths that originated in Miag-ao - one of the towns in Iloilo that capitalized the hablon industry. It is taken from the word “Habol” which means “to weave” in Hiligaynon. Traditionally, it is made with local fibers such as piña, abaca, and cotton. 

The dynamic team behind Park Inn by Radisson Iloilo.

The hotel has set up a 12-feet Christmas Tree at the lobby for the Christmas Tree Lighting program, mainly decorated with Christmas balls wrapped in hablon cloth, hablon angels, rattan balls and Capiz stars. The main idea of the hotel is not just to celebrate and highlight the local tradition of Iloilo City but also to promote the talents of the local weavers and craftsmen inside and outside of Iloilo City.

Kids from the SOS Children's Village received gifts during the Paskwa sa Panai Christmas Lighting Program.

The custom-made Christmas balls wrapped in hablon weaves and hablon angels were specially made by Balai Hablon and woven in Miag-ao, Iloilo. It was formed by mother sewers and crafters in Sooc Social Ventures, Inc. in Iloilo City. While, the rattan balls or Sig-id balls were crafted by locals from Visayan provinces such as Cebu, Iloilo and Negros. The Capiz stars were also made by the craftsmen and women from Capiz Parol in Novaliches, Quezon City. 

Holiday Goodies and Promos!

This also officially launches the limited-edition Christmas goodies specially prepared by Chef Vance Bolivar, the hotel’s Sous Chef. Home-made Christmas jams, cookies, hampers and hams are up for grabs at the hotel. Part of the proceeds from the goodies will go to SOS Children’s Village Iloilo, a private, non-political, non-denominational organization that provides long-term family-based care to children in need.

For families looking for a place to spend their Christmas staycation, room promotions are also offered for as low as Php4,000 nett/night. It includes 15% off voucher on Christmas Buffet, Spa and Food and Beverage.