The Marco Polo Hotel Plaza in Cebu, together with several wonderful individuals, have put up an incredible winter/holiday display for the benefit of cancer-striken children in Cebu. Dozens and dozens of miniature houses, lighthouses, businesses, miscellaneous vignettes, etc. surrounds a large model railway or train set. It is impressive in scale, with terrific landscaping, lakes, valleys, mountains, etc. And their goal? To raise PHP1 million for the kids…
To raise money, sponsors are asked to donate money and they place their corporate logos/names on specific houses, train cars, etc. Once all the homes are “sold” or sponsored, they get to their goal of PHP1 million. It’s blatantly commercial of course, but I thought it was still done tastefully… the public is treated to a wonderful winter wonderland display, and the sponsors get the exposure to folks who come to look at the display. Of course I wanted to help… :)
I was in Cebu in early November when the display was being constructed, and I was impressed with the amount of planning and work needed to complete this display. The styrofoam base and mountains and lakes were meticulously carved out then painted and the homes placed amongst hundreds of evergreens.
I missed the early days of the sponsorship period (was away for Thanksgiving), so many of the most visible train cars, homes, businesses, etc. were already taken by the time I got a chance to see the final display today… But we still managed to pick out a very charming hillside house near the train tracks in a tucked away corner of the display for Zubuchon to sponsor.
Just across the train tracks from the Amara (Ayala Seaside Subdivision/Development) lighthouse, the Zubuchon house has a good view of the train that passes just below it. And the bonus for helping out a worthy charity? Just seconds after I planted the Zubuchon marker beside the house, two women came by to see that part of the display, and one of them strained a bit to look more closely at the happy little red pig logo and said “Ay, ZUBUCHON, yung masarap na lechon!” (Oh, it’s ZUBUCHON, that yummy roast pig!) Make my day… Heeheehee. :)