SM City Cebu formally opens the Christmas Village of Hope at the Northwing Atrium on November 16, 2012.  The unveiling of the 1,024 square foot Christmas Village of Hope was led by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. president Mr. Hans Sy. Joining him were SM Prime vice president Marissa Fernan, and owners Clayton and Joji Tugonon, and the children of Kythe Cebu.

The event started with performances from the Mandaue Children and Youth Chorus and the Cebu Symphony Orchestra. Guests were treated with beautiful Christmas carols from the two talented and multi-awarded guest performers.
Joji Tugonon started her collection of miniature houses eighteen years ago. A miniature Christmas village was set-up in her own home in Cebu. Year after year, she added her collection little by little until her modest village set grew to over 400 pieces with trains and dozens of miniature vignettes now worth about P3 million. Joji’s husband, Clayton, a renowned furniture designer and manufacturer, helped Joji design the Christmas Village.

In 2008, the Tugonons recalled that a foundation that supports children with autism asked them if they are willing to receive the children in their house to view the Christmas Village. To their surprise, a hotel in Cebu City read about their collection and offered them the hotel as venue to showcase their Christmas Village. The Tugonons agreed provided that the set-up should have a charity component.
The Tugonons chose Kythe, a foundation that takes care of children with cancer. Joji Tugonon, who is childless, had a nanny whose child has cancer. Touched by the plight of these children, Joji spoke to her husband Clayton about her plan to help.  Clayton then arranged a car caravan on New Year’s Day of 2008 to raise funds for the cancer patients. The Tugonons raised P100,000 during the car caravan.

The Christmas Village of Hope aims to raise funds for the indigent children with cancer under the care of Kythe-Cebu. The funds are intended for the chemotherapy of the children. The proceeds will also help fund the laboratory and imaging procedures, medicines, the Kythe sponsored celebrate life parties and events.
Interested donors may visit the Northwing Atrium for their donations(house adoption) and pledges. One may also check the Facebook account bearing the name "CHRISTMAS HOPE"  to choose the “Christmas Houses” they wish to adopt or sponsor. Each of the miniature houses cost P5,000, while the train/carriage is for adoption at P20,000.
Aside from the Christmas Village of Hope, SM City Cebu also held a ceremonial lighting of its centrepiece – the giant Christmas Tree with a Belen. Mr. Hans Sy together with six kids from Kythe – Cebu combined the seven jewelled Christmas stars – Ruby, Opal, Sapphire, Emerald, Pearl, Amethyst, and Diamond to light the Christmas Tree and the Belen.

Adopt a house or a train at the Christmas Village of Hope, and help raise funds for children with cancer. Bring your family and friends, and have your photos taken at our giant Christmas Tree and the Belen.
Truly it’s a dazzling Christmas at SM City Cebu.
The Christmas Village of Hope, and display of the Christmas Tree and Belen will run until January 3, 2013 at the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu.