The premier beach resort village Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast officially welcomed the advent with a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony held at the Pico Beach Plaza.
The festive season is felt in most part of the country with colorful lanterns and bright sparkly lights festooning the busy streets of the metro; classic yuletide songs floats in the air making everyone giddy with anticipation.
At Pico de Loro Cove, the sound of the soft waves crashing fills the air with the right melody for this holiday.
Vacationers lounge on the soft sands facing the sea with their cocktails, while everyone moved closer to the shore in the late afternoon to catch the majestic sunset display—November usually has the best showcase.
At sundown, people gathered towards the plaza near the giant Christmas tree.
The warm breeze was replaced with cool air telling that the Christmas season has finally arrived.
President for Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club, Rita Dy and General Manager for Pico Sands Hotel, Maggie Garcia led the ceremony with a warm welcome followed by the lighting of the tree.
The Nasugbu Christian Faith Academy Angklung Ensemble, a local youth music group hailed in Nasugbu, Batangas treated the crowd with a medley of classic Christmas songs and nostalgic Pinoy originals.
The homegrown talents of Pico de Loro, regaled everyone with a dance parade as they serve the night’s cocktails.
The Christmas tree stands 30-feet tall and tastefully decorated with mostly organic materials available within its 42-hectare property’s environment such as “sawali” for the body of the tree or bamboo mats, which is an indigenous material normally used to construct walls of the “bahaykubo”. Capiz lanterns of different shapes and sizes adorned the tree and unique ornaments in shapes of birds made of Talisay seeds were used as accents. It was then illuminated with 2,500 tivoli lights.
“The Christmas tree at the walkway of Pico Beach Plaza is a sight to behold when heading over to the beach, against the magnificent view of the sunset, ocean’s horizon, and the verdant mountains. But, it’s even more heartwarming to share that this tree is a symbol of our commitment to making this yuletide celebration as sustainable as possible. Let’s celebrate mindfully and truly focusing on what’s important—our families and loved ones; build more happy memories with the kids and enrich your own family traditions,” Garcia remarked in her speech.
Pico de Loro Cove is a 40-hectare “Residential Resort Village” and is the first development in the premier sustainable coastal resort town” of Hamilo Coast. Hamilo Coast is an expansive 5,900 hectare property located in NasugbuBatangas with 13 coves, a 31 kilometer coastline, rich marine life and abundant flora and fauna.
Pico de Loro Cove is named after Mt. Pico which resembles a parrot’s beak. Parrot is referred to as “Loro” in the Filipino language.
Pico de Loro Cove is 72 kilometers from Manila, which is a 90-minute drive from Mall of Asia via the Cavitex-Ternate-Nasugbu route or 134 kilometers (3-hour drive) via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu route.