Christmas Carols

30 minutes before performance, this is our way to repress the jitters and butterflies in our bellies. Photo credits to Claudine Soriano.
30 minutes before performance, this is our way to repress the jitters and butterflies in our bellies. Photo credits to Claudine Soriano.

Woot woot…. yesterday was the first day of our performance for the yearly Traditional Christmas Caroling at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Although there were a few glitches, I would say we did a pretty good job.

Proof would be the smiles and cheering from the crowd. And who could deny that the carols made mommies and nannies swing their hips, or daddies clap and tap their foot. Yet, the most fulfilling part for the group is to see the adorable children dancing along the tune of “Christmas medley”, “rocking around the Christmas tree”, “Feliz Navidad”, and the classics, “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” and “Jingle bells”.

Indeed we have a very talented musician in the loop, Exalt Kymberly, who did the arrangements of the songs. The singers, composed of all associates from different departments in the hotel collaborated, not only in voices but also in style to give life to the music. The gentlemen: Jam , Arnico, Gretchon, Roland, Joel and Gary. The Ladies: yours truly, Maria Katherine, Victoria, Maharlika, and Claudine. (applause…). Special Thank you to Carmel for being their to support us, even if she couldn’t join on the first night due to busy schedule. She was there to make sure we are all on the same pace and movement (literally šŸ™‚ ).

All smiles, we are ready...
All smiles, we are ready…Photo credits to Maria Benedicto

This year, the carolers were a mixture of the best from year 2012 and 2013 members plus very talented new recruits. I, a member since 2012 have seen lots of improvements in our song choices and performance as well. We also received good feedback with our new costume for the ladies inspired by classic Audrey Hepburn and modern Glee star Lea Michelle.

The setting, a stage infront of the OLEA restaurant fountain facing the “Winter Garden” with snow covered Christmas trees, Reindeers, Santa and his sleigh added a warm touch to the cool breeze from the sea.

Alas, the first day, the make or break performance is over, yet the fourteen days of performance every night, 18:30 to 18:45 has just begun. Just like our traditional “nine morning masses in the Philippines”, I promise myself complete these days as a pledge in honor of Christmas Spirit of Giving. As said in the song “Give love on Christmas day”, i believe that in this little way, “… can give more than the presents from the store”: time, talent, and dedication to bring the Christmas cheer to one and all.

My wish on the first day of Christmas Carol is to keep the team healthy althroughout the performances. (Filipino tradition is that 9 morning masses can grant wishes from small to huge ones as long as it is pure and it comes from the ā¤ ).

Christmas is sacred, magical and yes… musical too…




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