Growing a Kagay-anon Tradition: VIP Hotel’s Christmas Village marks 6th year

Dec 10, 2013

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VIP Hotel’s Christmas Village marks its sixth year of tradition as Cagayan de Oro’s counterpart
to the legendary COD Department Store Christmas diorama at Cubao and Avenida in Manila.

© Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

The VIP Hotel “Christmas Village” was started by the Canoy Family which owns the
establishment in December 2008 and has become a tradition every First Sunday of Advent in
much the same way that the COD animated mannequin show started over half a century ago,
now on its third home at the Greenhills Shopping Center since 2000.

“We have made this an annual tradition Kagay-anons of all ages can look forward to come the
first Sunday of Advent,” said Eileen San Juan, managing director of VIP Hotel.

Since its inception six years ago, the “Christmas Village has again been set up by Ma. Theresa
“Teza” Canoy-Sambile, youngest daughter of the late Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Founder
Henry and Inday Canoy.

The village collection includes selected items from the famous Lemax Village Collection and
Department 56 which feature moving figures, lights and music.

© Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

“The other items such as lights and trees we got individually but we made the bridges and roads
ourselves,” she added. Lately, miniatures made in China have also made their way into the
growing winter wonderland.

However, for this year Teza has introduced new twists to the beloved village, such as the pastel
colored “Gazebo” for picture taking, (especially for kids), and the Belen which replaced the faux
fireplace in that ledge cum mantelpiece next to the stairway to the Mezzanine floor.

Another new twist to this year’s village is a contest open to all guests and visitors. The quest is to
identify the newest additions to the winter wonderland.

“We hope our fellow Kagay-anons bring their children here during the holidays to share
a part of their childhood memories similar to what they experienced with the former
moving Christmas displays of the old Coca-Cola plant along Osmeña street and the famous COD
Dept. Store animated mannequins in Cubao and Araneta Center,” Ms. San Juan said.

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