The last time I featured an office Christmas party three years ago, it was for 40+ staff at a small hotel in Panglao, Bohol. We had a lot of fun at that party and the parties of the following two years were far more subdued. This year, despite such a gloomy economic environment, I thought we should splurge a bit and treat everyone to a party with prizes, contests, presentations and food… So for roughly 14 staff who brought their spouses and kids (a total of 50 people in all!), we held our annual office Christmas party last Friday in Cebu…
The highlight of the party were two presentations by the administrative staff and maintenance crew. I must say, nobody does outrageous like Pinoys do outrageous. From cross-dressing to impersonation, liberal lifting from popular movies and action packed skits, this was just too amusing. With Mrs. MM, The Teen, myself among the judges, and with a substantial cash prize at stake, it was worthy of a video on youtube, but that would mortify some of the crew…. :)
The maintenance crew donned innovative “little people” costumes as well as doing a skit, and while they elicited a great deal of laughter, the administrative group won hands down with a flashy and well rehearsed number.
We had several games and prizes for the kids, and hung 3 different pabitins so that the kids could be grouped by size/height and have a good chance of getting the goodies they wanted. I am a big fan of pabitins, and you have seen them on this blog before, and I love them at parties with children… When I was younger, whacking a palayok was still very much in vogue at children’s parties and I distinctly remember getting bonked on the head with a large piece of pottery so I am NOT big on palayoks filled with candy… :(
The kids of the crew were wonderfully behaved, so incredibly polite and with such twinkles in their eyes! It was a pleasure to meet all of them and for all of them to get together and meet each other.
Of course we had to have an ice cream cart. And a cart that could easily provide 350 cones with LOTS of ice cream was parked on one side of the yard. The Teen was so amused to note this kid, God bless his hearty appetite, coming back to the ice cream cart for at least 7 heaping ice cream cones throughout the night! :)
And wanting to simplify the preparations, the smartest thing we did was to bring in a caterer, Cafe Laguna, that took care of all the set-up, and lots of the food. Solid pinoy fare at very reasonable prices. We also had lots of waiters who made the evening really easy on our own crew.
But of course, the crew wouldn’t have any other lechon but their own… they prepared two medium sized lechons, one to eat, and one to divide and take home. We also did a lechon de leche without accupuncture treatment that turned out splendidly… It was a terrific evening and a pleasure to see everyone having a good time. On behalf of my two brothers, two sisters and my own immediate family, I would like to thank our family office crew for another year of dedicated service and wish them and their families a truly Merry Christmas!