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Seda Centrio’s Giving Tree Glistens with Best X’mas  Feelings

Seda Centrio kicked off its annual Christmas Tree Lighting last November 15 with a bang and the theme, “Glisten” inspred by one of the most widely seen color palettes during the Christmas season

“I would like to thank you for joining us tonight for another run of our annual Christmas Tree Lighting symbolizing the commencement of the Christmas festivities in Seda Centrio, treating guests to holiday sights, smells, tastes, and sounds,” said newly appointed Hotel Manager Rhett Villaruz.

Seda Centrio's Sinamay All-a-Glisten

With over 25 years of experience in the hotel industry across multicultural environments, Mr. Rhett has listed countless relevant accomplishments in providing guests with quality service while maximizing hotel revenue and productivity, and developing key talents. He was previousldy Director of Operations of the Quest Hotel Clark and Conference Center in Pampanga, and Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan’s Director of Rooms.

“This year;s theme “Glisten”, showcases prestine decorations and adornments in elegant glimmering colors of gold, honey, and chesnut brightening up the hotel’s atmosphere and complementing our signature neutral colors,” Mr. Rhett noted.

He recalled how last year’s tree lighting was made extra special with the hotel’s partnership with Smile Train Incorporated, the hotel group’s long-running corporate social responisbility project.

Smile Train

“Last year was beyond fullfiling as Seda Centrio was able to raise enough to sponsor two (2) kids’ cleft sugery. This year, the hotel would like to aim for more as this is not only for a good cause but through your donations, together, we are able to drastically improve a child’s life including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive in life,” Mr. Rhett stressed.

Smile Train is an international organization and charity providing free corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. It also training local doctors and provides hospital funding for the procedures. In Cagayan de Oro, Smile Train partners with hospitals like Xavier-Maria Reyna, Cagayan Polymedic Medical, CU Medical Center, and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center. to provide cleft care all year round.

With the event, Seda Centrio relaunched its Smile Train tree (The Giving Tree) — where guests may donate by buying Christmas ornaments priced at at P100, P200 and P300 and hanging them on the tree. Donors also get to take home 1 of the 2 ornaments as a remembrance to decorate their Christmas Trees with.

Donors may also opt to choose to buy a P500 gift card to share with their family, friends and colleagues to let them know that a donation to Smile Train has been made in their honor for the holidays. Last day of selling will be on December 24, 2019 and all collected donations will be forwarded to Smile Train.

In 2017, Seda hotels raised P349,700 and sponsored 29 children’s corrective clip and palete surgery. Last year, the amount almost doubled to P 661,919, benefitting 55 kids.   

Host Nicole Abas-Datayan also introduced the Smiler Train Philippines Region 10 team headed by ENT Surgeons, Dr. Stephanie Jacutin and Dr. Ann Christie Lluisma – Alovera. The mother of one of the beneficiaries also delivered her personal testatment and thanks on how the surgery offers them a new hope for their child’s future.



In a departure from the usual Christmas tree lighting that’s become de rigueur for the city’s upscale malls, Seda Centrio opted to take the road less taken by switching on its “Christmas Corner” to ensure each of its four elements are properly highlighted: Santa’s sleigh, with Seda mascot Seddy as Santa’s Little Helper, and of course the traditional reindeers; the fireplace and chimney that’s been Santa’s little “not-so-secret” passage to deliver and place those wonderful gifts under the Christmas tree and fill up treats in our Christmas socks! The Nutcracker believed to be symbols of good luck to ward off malevolent spirits; and not the least the entire ensemble lit up with Mr. Rhett’s candy cane for the grand finale.

After a toast led by Mr. Rhett, the audience was regaled with dances by Grace and Pointes Dance Center inspired by the Nutcracker Suite and Favorite Christmas Carols by the Singers for Christ Choir.

Seda Centrio Holiday Treats


Seda Centrio’s Christmas celebration kicks off with Misto’s Thanksgiving Dinner Feast on November 29 with a bountiful spread of premium holiday roasts best enjoyed with family and friends.

Revel in memorable dining experiences with Misto’s indulgent menu highlighting holiday feasts of Christmas classics and favorites to celebrate this festive season starting December 12 to December 23, expertly prepared by the hotel’s culinary team headed by Executive Sous Chef, Christopher Ben Lugtu.

Contact Seda’s Events Executives and usher in the festive season in style. Choose from the hotel’s “Glitzy Get-Togethers” packages with rates starting at P950 nett per person, with a minimum of 30 guests. Enjoy inclusions such as waived corkages, complimentary centerpieces, and a special Christmas-themed buffet menu.  

The hotel is also preparing for both Christmas and New Year celebrations with lots in store for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets will be available on December 1 but reservations are already accepted at the Front Desk.

Not the least, create lasting memories in one of the hotel’s well-appointed guest rooms and enjoy 25% savings for every stay. Plus, get a complimentary P 1,000 dining voucher when you book for two nights! Stay-in packages for Christmas Eve and New Year’s are also available with rates starting at P 7,198 nett. (special thanks to Ms Nicole Abas-Datayan)

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