Have you been to SM City Cebu lately? Then surely you haven't miss the humongous Christmas Village of Hope at the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu. The Christmas Village of Hope features miniature houses, cars and trains in a winter setting with all the snows and conifer trees. It is a joy to behold for the kids and the young at heart. I went there last November 27 and I was shocked by the size of the Christmas Village. Many gathered around the village which was enclosed in glass on the sides for protection. The Christmas Village of hope was swarmed with clicks and flashes from all the mall goers wanting to have a piece of it in their photos. Of course I couldn't let the chance pass me by, as i roam every angle of the Christmas Village wanting to take a decent shot. At least the Christmas Village of Hope compensates for the not-so visually appealing Christmas trees at Northwing this year.
I thought the Christmas Village of Hope was just a promotional gimmick by SM City to entice shoppers to the mall, But I learned that the Christmas Village of Hope was for the benefit of over 30 children with cancer under the Kythe Foundation.
Everything on the Christmas Village of Hope is actually up for adoption or for sponsorship (except the trees perhaps). Each house at the Christmas Village of Hope for adoption is worth P5,000 while the train/carriage is worth P20,000. If you want to adopt or sponsor one, there is a table beside the display where you can approach someone and choose the house you want to adopt. You can also do this on Facebook - CHRISTMAS HOPE. There are actually over 400 miniature houses, buildings and other accents at the Christmas Village of Hope. Now I know why the Christmas Village of Hope exudes a ton of positivity.
I have learned that the proceeds of the Christmas Village of Hope will be used to fund the expenses for the young cancer patients which amounts to P5,000 a month or per treatment. Indeed it is a Christmas Village filled with hope for these kids with cancer.
We have to thank Clayton and Juji Tugonon and SM City Cebu for making the Christmas Village of Hope indeed a sheer display of hope and inspiration this Christmas season. The Tugonon's owns the Christmas Village of Hope, which they started collecting 18 years ago.
The Christmas Village of hope will be on display at SM City Cebu until January 2, 2012, but i do hope they extend it until after the Sinulog festivities so more people can appreciate it and give their help.
Surely the Christmas Village of hope has given so much joy to the children who visits the mall with their parents. I heard one saying "Mom i want those trains!" Who could resist such beautiful moving trains?
And I heard another kid crying "Dad i wanna ride that boat!" Hmmm that seems to be an enormous task for a father. Better fill up those pockets and get one at Toy Kingdom, I suggest.
With all the hope and joy displayed through the Christmas Village of Hope, it is indeed a Magical Christmas at SM City Cebu.
So adto nata bai and be a cheerful giver!