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100 Voices, 10 Hopes, One Christmas Story
Everest Manila students participate in Christmas tree contest for charity


Manila, Philippines – ‘100 Voices, 10 Hopes, One Christmas Story’ is the theme of a Christmas tree building contest hosted by Dusit Thani Manila, a luxury hotel in Manila. This year, Everest Academy was one of 10 schools participating in the contest, with their tree titled Good News and Good Tidings.

This is the third consecutive year that Dusit Thani has held the Christmas tree contest – first for individuals, then for families, and now for schools. Viewers can vote for the trees on Facebook or when visiting the hotel from November 15 – December 28, and the top three winners will receive cash prizes to be given to the charity of their choice.

Everest chose Mano Amiga as their beneficiary, and focused their tree on the Good News of Christ’s birth. Each tree in the contest must use one recycled material in its construction; Everest students chose to use newspaper, in line with their theme of Good News and Good Tidings.

Students shared their Christmas messages and wishes, which were worked into the base of the Christmas tree, along with pictures of the Everest families.

“The outer part of the Christmas tree is filled with elegantly-designed holes in order to see the Nativity scene inside,” says Dean
of Students Ferdie dela Chica. “This signifies the inner meaning of Christmas; it speaks about the sacredness of life and the values of a Christian family. Moreover, it invites everyone to look deeply into the significance of Christ’s birth in their lives.”

Everest student council members, who worked on the construction of the tree, said that the Nativity scene was important as the focal point of their tree.

“It really showed the true meaning of Christmas,” said 7th grader Betty Nakpil.

This was Everest’s hope – to remind everyone of the real reason for the celebration of Christmas, as Ferdie explains.

“Our Christmas tree in its simplicity conveys a powerful message of hope:  that God became man and dwelt among us, all because of his immense love for us.”

 Support Mano Amiga by voting for Everest Academy´s tree here!



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