My girlfriend's mom, Catalina, has worked at Regal since 1993, then as a cleaner and now as the hotel's manager. Since 2005, she has organized an annual holiday feast for the Regal residents, who all anticipate the serving of lechón - a roast suckling pig that is a popular dish in the Philippines.
Here is the whole roast pig, carried by a Regal resident standing next to Catalina:
Along with lechón, 2009's feast included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roast duck, pancit noodles, macaroni salad, mixed vegetables, multi-layer cakes and a trifle dessert.
The feast was held in the hotel's small hallway, where the food was handed out by Catalina, my girlfriend MJ, and Hector (a chef and former resident of Regal Hotel):
To celebrate Catalina's charitable soul, I crocheted this trophy of her and her famous roast pig dish:
We surprised her with the trophy during the feast, captured in this video:
With that spirit of generosity, I hope everyone's new year is full of charitable acts, both given and received. Happy 2010!