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''Halo-halo' takes Peninsula world by storm. 

March 2, 2014
by Tina Acero Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The target was to raise $500,000 to help the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that hit the Philippines hard on Nov. 8, 2013.

The Peninsula Hotels, however, was able to collect more, making the Yolanda campaign the biggest fundraising event so far of the luxury hotel group, according to The Peninsula Manila general manager Sonja F. Vodusek.

Vodusek spearheaded the program, spurred by the desire to contribute to the massive effort to bring the Yolanda-hit areas and residents back on their feet.

The fundraising campaign was called “Hope for the Philippines.” Through this program, guests in all nine Peninsula hotels—Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok and Manila—were offered a special menu of Filipino favorites from Nov. 22, 2013 to Jan. 31 this year, the proceeds of which would go to rebuild homes and communities in the typhoon-hit areas.

The star of the menu was the halo-halo and the Philippine-themed “Tea of Hope,” which proved to be big hits with the guests, as well as the staff members of the different properties.

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Halo-halo was chosen as it is considered iconic and emblematic of the Philippines. It is also fun, festive and easy to replicate in all kitchens. In Bangkok, for example, the employees had a halo-halo appreciation day, during which the employees made and then bought their own halo-halo, which featured ingredients flown in from the Philippines.

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HOPE for the Philippines

[Date Created: November 26, 2013]

The Peninsula Hotels launches a groupwide Philippine super typhoon relief effort

The Peninsula Hotels today launches “HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES,” a four-pronged initiative in each Peninsula hotel across Asia and the USA from 22 November 2013 – 31 January 2014 to raise funds to support the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. “HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES” comprises a donation for each guest stay, plus the proceeds from a special Philippine-themed “Tea of Hope”, the classic Filipino Halo Halo iced dessert and “Trees of Hope” in each hotel.

All proceeds from
“HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES” will be donated to the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Inc., with the stipulation that funds go directly to their mission of rebuilding homes and communities in the affected areas of Eastern Visayas. Gawad Kalinga was founded in 2003, and The Peninsula Manila has been working with the organization since 2008. Peninsula Manila executives will oversee Gawad Kalinga’s work on The Peninsula Hotels’ behalf, while hotel staff are already donating their time packing relief supplies and helping with the disaster effort.

The Peninsula Manila along with other Peninsula Hotels will make a donation of US$5.00 per room night of each guest’s stay, while guests wishing to make an additional contribution may simply request to have the amount added to their credit card upon check-out.

The signature Peninsula Afternoon Tea is celebrated around the world, and so a special Philippine-themed “Tea of Hope” will be served in all Peninsula lobbies, with 100% of the retail price of each tea set donated to
“HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES”. Focusing on the tropical fruits of the Philippines, the special tea features mango, coconut, banana and pineapple-flavored treats. The Peninsula “Tea of Hope” will retail in Manila for P980.

Meanwhile,continuing the sweet theme, the iconic Philippine dessert favourite Halo Halo, served at The Peninsula Manila’s iconic lobby for P425, is now available in each Peninsula hotel, with 100% of the retail price donated to
“HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES”.  Translating as “mix mix”, Halo Halo is an addictively sweet concoction of layers of sweetened fruits and pulses, shaved ice, ice cream, rice crisps and evaporated milk – and The Peninsula Manila’s version was described as “The Best Legal High” in Asia by Time magazine in 2006!

Now in its 10
th year across all hotels, The Peninsula Hotels’ annual group wide “Trees of Hope” fundraising campaign for 2013 is dedicated to “HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES”, with specially created Snow Page glass ornaments for guests making a donation to take home. Taking as its inspiration the iconic Peninsula pageboy but with a light-hearted seasonal twist, Snow Page was created specially for the 2013 holiday season and will retail in Manila for P500.

The Peninsula Manila General Manager Sonja Vodusek with Gawad Kalinga Father & Founder Tony Meloto

For every SnowPage ornament purchased, guests will receive a yellow sun designed by a member of The Peninsula Manila team that they can hang on a “Tree of 1,000 Suns”. The Peninsula Sun represents healing, hope and new beginnings for the Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan-ravaged provinces of Eastern Visayas in the Philippines.

“HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES” follows The Peninsula Hotels’ earlier initiative in 2011 entitled “HOPE FOR JAPAN”,which raised over US$500,000 for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

About Gawad Kalinga

Translating as “give care”, Gawad Kalinga is a Philippine-based movement that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. It employs an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with values formation and leadership development at its core. Established in 2003, The Foundation currently works with over 2,000 communities and has been recognized as the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and 2012 Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship.

About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of transport, club management and other services. The hotel portfolio of the Group comprises The Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Chicago,Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Paris (under construction).  The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and The Peak Tramways, St. John’s Building, The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand.

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For further information, please contact:

Mr Mariano Garchitorena
Director of Public Relations
The Peninsula Manila
Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines last Nov 8 and did no holding back in causing widespread grief and devastation. But the scale of the problem is nothing compared to the overflow of generosity and heroism, as friends and partners from around the world rally together in bayanihan to help the Filipinos rise again. Like The Peninsula Hotels, you too can be part of Operation Walang Iwanan and help GK in relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. CLICK HERE to find out how.

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