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Manila's Awesome Guide to Year End Christmas Celebrations and BEST New Year's Eve Parties to Welcome 2013!

Update 12/27/13: Looking for the best party to welcome 2014 in Manila? Check out this curated list: NEW YEAR'S EVE 2014: 10 Best New Year's Eve Parties to Welcome 2014 in Manila!

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(Photo: Symphony of Lights @ Bonifacio Global City)

As the Mayan Calendar ends its 5,125 year-cycle, we continue to celebrate life and forever thankful for all the blessings we received in 2012.

It's never been this great to be in Manila during this Christmas Season. Manila is bustling in every corner of the Metro with festive buffets, innovative festivals and celebratory parties.

We welcome back Spiral at Sofitel, and welcome the new Spectrum at Raffles and Fairmont Hotel. Foodies kept on raving about Impressions, recognized as the Best Hotel Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2012 MBKRS Awards, for its ala carte and Sunday Brunch buffet.

Don't miss to experience the modern festivals in Manila -- SM Mall of Asia's The Grand Festival of Lights Parade, Cucina Andare's Food Truck Festival every weekend in Glorieta 3 Park, and the first ever Nuvali's Lantern Parade.

On New Year's Eve, you can choose to party at Makati's Official Countdown entitled, "One World. One Makati"; GMA 7's Official Countdown at SM Mall of Asia, or Eastwood City Countdown featuring Iyaz, Ely Buendia and Up Dharma Down.

On January 1, 1 AM, the party continues at 31 to 1. 100% Rockwell New Year Party!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Our Awesome Planet Readers :)

Here's the Manila's Awesome Guide to:
Year end Christmas Celebrations & BEST New Year's Eve Parties to Welcome 2013!

DECEMBER 24, MONDAY: NOCHE BUENA

#1: SPIRAL CHRISTMAS FEAST @ Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel

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Make way as Executive Chef Eric Costille and the Master Chefs of Spiral masterfully prepare a  lavish Christmas feast this year starting from French specialties such as home made foie gras, frog legs meuniere, cod fillet leek cream, duck liver terrine, Gratinated Half Shell Scallop Normande, Snail Fricassée “Feuilleté”, Wild Mushroom Fricassee and Seabass Dugléré Style. 

Premium oysters are especilally being flown in from Canada, Creuse de Bretagne to Tasmanian.  The festive feasts won’t be complete without the traditional favorites include roasted turkey, glazed  gammon ham and the exotic game venison.  Cheese lovers are in for treat with a special Christmas Brie Cheese filled with truffle mascarpone cream and a selection of 30 farm cheeses from Europe. Gourmets will also love the wide variety of charcuteries from Spain, France, Italy and Spain. Be sizzled with Lobster Laksa and special Chili Crab, Peking Duck, Prawns and Sea Bass Tandoori.    

Enjoy a luxurious treat with a choice of pasta and risotto with winter black truffle, braised beef cheek with black truffle sauce and many other sumptuous dishes.  For a truly Christmas feel, there will be roasted chestnuts plus the smell of the gingerbread will lead you to the Le Patisserie.  

Indulge in a selection of French Christmas cakes from  signature Yule Log cakes, home made stollen, mince pies, panettone, White Chocolate Wasabi Ice Cream, Singapore Sling Sorbet and many decadent desserts that give you a taste of seventh heaven. 

Feel the laughter and the cheer of the Christmas season as the choirs from Virlanie and Tiples de Santo Domingo serenade you from 16th - 24th of December and culiminating with a Christmas mass at 8pm on the 24th of December.  At La veranda, Camerata Jazz ensemble performs at 11 :00 pm  on Christmas Eve and 11 :45 am on Christmas Day. 

Meet Santa Claus and have a picture taken with him at our Canon photo booth on the 23rd, 24th and 25th December.  

Christmas Brunch and Christmas Day lunch starts from PhP 2900+++ ; Christmas Eve dinner at PhP 3500+++ and Christmas Day dinner at  PhP 2450+++.

For bookings and inquiries, call F&B reservations at +632 551-5555 extensions 6988, or email at fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com. Visit www.sofitelmanila.com. Facebook : sofitelmanila

Read More: SPIRAL: Guide to Asia's Most Dynamic Interactive Dining @ Sofitel Manila!

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Spectacular Holiday at Sofitel  

Indulge in a magnifique life at Manila’s only 5-star luxury resort hotel and avail of the Spectacular Holiday package.   Enjoy a restful sleep in the cocoon-like MyBed and wake up to a spectacular ocean view from your private balcony and breakfast for two at Spiral. A night’s stay starts from Php 6,860+++ valid until 31 January 2013. 

Share your Christmas blessings with the streetchildren of Manila by donating PHP 50.00 per night for the benefit of the Virlanie foundation.

For room inquiries and reservations, please call us at +632 551-5555 loc. 1991-1994 and +632 832-6993, or email at room.reservations@sofitelmanila.com.

Read More: SOFITEL Overnight & SPIRAL's Champagne Breakfast!

 

#2: IMPRESSIONS @ Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila

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Xmas Eve Menu

IMPRESSIONS is a French Fine Dining Restaurant which offer a good selection of Salad, Seafood, Foie Gras and offers a Prime Meat cooked in our live show kitchen with perfection. It is headed by our Celebrity Chef Cyrille Soenen from France. Impressions has a wide selections of wines, you can choose from our Wine Cellars which is also one of our main attraction. The Restaurant is located at the 3rd floor of Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila. 

Holiday Operating Hours:
Dec 24
| 6:00pm – 12mn (Christmas Eve Mini ala carte Set Menu) Php 3,000 nett inclusive of a glass of red or white wine

Dec 25  | 11:30am – 3:00pm (Christmas Day Special Buffet) Php 2,888 nett inclusive of a glass of red or white wine | 6:00pm – 11:00pm(Ala Carte and Special Set Menu)

DRESS CODE:  Smart Casual

MODE OF PAYMENT: We accept Cash/Credit Card (Visa/Master, American Express, JCB, Union Pay), Resort World Gaming points (for Members only), We honor Senior Citizen Discounts.

For your other queries please do not hesitate to call us at 908-8883 or email us at impressions@rwmanila.com

 

#3: SPECTRUM @ Raffles & Fairmont Hotel

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Spectrum is the all-day dining buffet of the new Raffles and Fairmont Makati located at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Prior reservation is required. For reservations, please call +632 555-9840

 

#4: MANDARIN ORIENTAL'S Christmas Celebrations & Traditions

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Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s popular restaurants have laid out their respective irresistible Christmas menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Paseo Uno proffers lunch and dinner holiday buffets, where diners can indulge in both Western and Oriental specialties prepared a la minute by the hotel’s culinary masters, while the iconic Tivoli headed by Executive Sous Chef Remi Vercelli will be serving epicurean lunch and dinner menus for food connoisseurs. For a more oriental Christmas celebration, Tin Hau offers eight set menus, ranging from seven to ten courses. Details and menus may be obtained in the various outlets.

To delight the children, Santa is special guest on Christmas Eve dinner and at lunch on Christmas Day. A Christmas Eve Mass will also be held at 10 pm on December 24 at the MO Lounge to herald a meaningful Christmas celebration.

Complete details here: Mandarin Oriental Manila's 2012 Christmas Celebrations & Brochure.

 

DECEMBER 25, TUESDAY: CHRISTMAS DAY

#1: DUSIT THANI HOTEL's Christmas Day Crossover Brunch

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On December 25, 2012, Dusit Thani Manila brightens up as everyone celebrates Christmas Day together with the grandest holiday feast. Spread across Basix, Benjarong, Tosca and Umu is the festive Christmas Day Crossover Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring the most delectable dishes each restaurant has to offer. For PHP 2,000 net per person, experience countless waves of culinary delight whilst exploring enticing appetizers, flavorful international cuisines, traditional Christmas dishes, Royal Thai specialties, classic Italian feasts and luxurious Japanese delicacies and heavenly desserts inclusive of free-flowing beverage.

Santa Claus will make his appearance at the lobby for eager kids and the young at heart. Have your photos taken with Santa Claus courtesy of Funlipix Photo Booth. Santa Claus will also give away Hershey’s chocolates and other goodies to kids availing of the Christmas Day Crossover Brunch. 

A special mass in celebration of Christmas will be held at the Ballroom on December 24, 8:15 p.m. and on December 25 at 10:30 a.m.

For inquiries and reservations, please contact the Restaurant Reservations Desk at +632 238-8888 ext. 8430.

 

#2: SM MALL OF ASIA's Festival of Lights

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At 5.30pm, SM Mall of Asia celebrates Christmas Day with a finale of the Grand Festival of Lights Parade which culminates in a firework display at 7pm.

(Note: On Christmas day, SM MOA maintains a 10.00am to 11.00pm operational hours.)

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Have your photos taken at The Grand Festival floats like:

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Candyland Float,

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Sarimanok Float,

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Snow Globe Float,

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Choo Choo Train Float, and

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... Beautiful Fairies.

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Meet & Greet Lalaloopy on December 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30 and January 1, 5, 6: starts at 2pm & 5pm in the Main Mall Atrium.

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Don't miss to take a photo shoot at SM MOA Toy Christmas Tree :)

 

#3: A Merrier BGC Christmas

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BGC’s Augmented-Reality Christmas treat - How would you like to see yourself in a video play -- dance with Santa, hula hoop with Mrs. Claus, or challenge Santa’s elves to a snowball fight? You could do all that in BGC’s Augmented-Reality Christmas treat. Be both merry and amazed as you see yourself interact with Christmas characters in a 9ft x 15ft LED screen, using technology that brings computer-generated graphics into real-world environment.

BGC Augmented-Reality Christmas treat is on from 7PM – 8:30PM daily in Bonifacio High Street (BHS), particularly at Activity Center (near Nike) from December 2 – December 25. 

 

DECEMBER 26 - 30, 2012: CHRISTMAS VACATION

#1: RESORTS WORLD's Grand Fiesta 2012

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GRAND FIESTA Highlights:
  • Cinema Special - Everyday. Have a merry movie month with tickets as low as PHP88 or 75 GP at the Newport Cinemas.
  • Daily Plaza Shows - 7 PM | December 1 onwards. Each day features a different kind of entertainment experience from mesmerizing magicians, to soulful artists, to heart-pumping dance performances.
  • Jessie's Gift 3D: Chapter 1  | December 1-30
    Monday to Friday – 7 PM, 8 PM, 9 PM, 10 PM
    Saturday & Sunday – 6:30 PM, 8 PM, 9 PM, 10 PM
    The walls of the Newport Mall become the storybook for a touching Yuletide tale.
  • Pinoy Ultimate Jeepney - December 10 to 31. Artists from all over the country assemble at Resorts World Manila to pay tribute to the King of Philippine roads.
  • Food Fest - Everyday. Christmas is never complete without a grand feast. Enjoy your favorite holiday fares, while discovering a whole new world of flavors.
  • December 25 - Tuesday | Christmas High Mass - 10 AM. Resorts World Manila’s grand Eucharistic celebration of Christ’s birth.
  • December 26 - WednesdayBar 360 Free Concert Series Presents: Claire Dela Fuente - 8 PM. Catch great musical entertainment by some of the best Filipino performers as you play!
  • December 29 - Saturday | Indoor Electric Parade - 6:30 PM. The famous fiestas of the Philippines get dazzled up in mesmerizing marches of light and sound.
  • December 31 - MondayNew Year’s Eve Countdown Parties - 9 PM. What better way to end the old year and welcome the new than with 3 simultaneous celebrations happening at the Bar 360, Genting Club and The Plaza.
    Bar 360 Free Concert Series Presents: The Company - 8 PM
    Catch great musical entertainment by some of the best Filipino performers as you play!
  • January 1 - TuesdayNew Year High Mass - 10 AM
    Resorts World Manila welcomes 2013 with a grand Eucharistic celebration. 
For more info, visit official Resorts World Manila's Website

 

#2: CUCINA ANDARE - 1st Food Truck Market @ Glorietta 3 Park

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2013 is the year of the food trucks in Manila! It all starts here at Cucina Andare, the
first Food-Truck Market in Manila located at the Glorietta 3 Park fronting  Shangri -la Hotel Makati. 

Cucina Andare means "Kitchen On-the-Go" and Glorietta 3 Park  is where all the food
trucks in Manila converge every weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  4PM to 3AM.

Let's welcome the 10 pioneering food trucks in Manila and check out the 5 reasons why you should go to Cucina Andare: 

Read More: @CucinaAndare: 10 Pioneering FOOD TRUCKS to Kickoff 2013 as the Year of Food Trucks in Manila!

NOTE:  Mercato Centrale Food Markets Holiday Operating Hours:

  • CUCINA ANDARE will be open Dec. 28, Friday; Dec. 29, Saturday; and Dec. 30, Sunday. 
  • MEZZA NORTE will be open Dec. 27, Thursday; Dec. 28, Friday; and Dec. 29, Saturday.
  • SODERNO @ MOLITO will be open Dec. 28, Friday; Dec. 29, Saturday; and Dec. 30, Sunday. 
  • MANDA CENTRALE will be closed.
  • MIDNIGHT MERCATO @ BGC will be closed.
  • MORNING MERCATO @ BGC will be closed.


#3: Breakfast at Antonio's is Back along the Ridge!

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By December 22, 2012, Chef Tonyboy would have relocated Breakfast at Antonio's back to where it began - along the Maharlika Highway, beside the scenic Tagaytay Ridge. Think of it, as a relocation to a new, old location.

The dining area will be more expansive. Hamptonesque, some would say. The vista from the veranda will be unobstructed and as beautiful as ever. The atmosphere will be casual but the service will be impeccable as always. And food? It's Breakfast. All day. Everyday. Need I say more?

On the 24th and 31st of December, all Antonio's restaurants will only serve lunch. 

On the 25th of December and 1st of January, all Antonio's restaurants will serve both lunch and dinner.

For reservations, please call +63 917 899-2866

 

#4: 2ND's 2nd Birthday | December 27: 2012, Thursday

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2nd's is turning two years old on December 27. They are donating all the profit they make on that day to WE International Philippines -- a really great organization that supports kids in the Smokey Mountain area and helps put them through regular schooling. 

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Plus everyone would gets an awesome Bacon & Fig Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Dulce de Leche Creme Anglaise on the 27th!

 

#5: LIGHT UP NUVALI: Nuvali Lantern Parade | December 30, Sunday  7PM

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For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/NUVALIOfficial

 

#6: TAAL VISTA Christmas, Tagaytay

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Feel the yuletide spirit as you enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air of Tagaytay at Taal Vista Hotel this Holiday Season. 

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Bond with family over sumptuous meals at Café on the Ridge and partake of the Christmas Eve dinner buffet on December 24, Christmas Day lunch and dinner buffet on December 25, and a New Year’s Eve Dinner Carving Special on December 31. 

For those who desire lighter holiday fare, the Hotel's signature Christmas goodies and artisanal holiday hampers are available at the Gingerbread House Holiday Store located at the Lobby Lounge. 

Adding sparkle to the holiday is a visit from Santa. Children can bring their wish lists when they meet Santa on December 15-16 and 22-24 at 12:00nn-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm. 

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Taal Vista Hotel also has holiday deals that are sure to spread more joy this festive season. Christmas Eve (December 24) room rates include Christmas Dinner for two and start at PhP10,000. Room rates for December 25-30 start at PhP8,300. Both packages include complimentary buffet breakfast for two (2) persons, one round of cocktail drinks by the Lobby Lounge fireplace for 2 persons, a Food & Beverage dining credit worth PhP500.00 and a special turn-down amenity.

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The season’s revelry continues on December 31 with Bubbles and Bling: A New Year’s Eve Countdown Party from 7:00pm-2:00am at the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are at PhP3,000 per person and include a dinner buffet with live musical entertainment and entrance to the hotel’s countdown party featuring an open bar, live DJ and bands and fireworks show.

Guests who check in on December 31 will be given two complimentary tickets to Bubbles and Bling. Room rates start at PhP10,300 and include a complimentary buffet breakfast for two (2) persons, one round of cocktail drinks by the Lobby Lounge fireplace for 2 persons, a food & beverage dining credit worth PhP500.00 and a special turn down amenity. Room packages that include New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Sampaguita ballroom are also offered.

Get one night free when you book a minimum of two consecutive nights from December 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. The free night can be redeemed from January 2 to March 20, 2013.

For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 (2) 917-8225, +63 (46) 413-100 or +63 0917 809-1254. Taal Vista Hotel is located along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines. Stay connected with Taal Vista Hotel! Visit our website at www.taalvistahotel.com and join us on Facebook (facebook.com/taalvistahotel) and Twitter (@taalvistahotel).

 

DECEMBER 31, 2012, MONDAY: MEDIA NOCHE

#1: SOFITEL'S New Year's Eve Celebration

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New Year's Eve at the Sofitel

Bask in the timeless luxury and sparkling lights of an elegant New Year’s Eve, only at Sofitel. Champagne and Caviar, fine food and wine, spectacular entertainment and warm holiday

Start the year 2013 in splendor  when you stay at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza during the New Year for a minimum stay of two nights starting at PhP 8330 +++ inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Spiral valid from 30 December 2012 – 1 January 2013. 

A truly fabulous New Year is prepared for you by the Master Chefs at Spiral with a lavish spread at the 21 dining ateliers serving your favorite holiday treats.  As the clock strikes 12 – enjoy the adrenaline rush of a breath taking giant ballon drop with fireworks display in the full splendour of Manila Bay.  Allow Marri Nallos and a 4 piece jazz band to serenade you with their soulful renditions as they usher in 2013.   

New Year’s Eve lunch at  PhP 2100 +++ and New Year’s Eve dinner at  PhP 4800+++ ;  

New Year’s Day lunch PhP 2900+++ and dinner at PhP 2450+++.

For room inquiries and reservations, please call us at +632 551-5555  loc. 1991-1994 and +632 832-6993, or email at room.reservations@sofitelmanila.com. 

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Enjoy the magnificent fireworks from La Veranda  Spiral’s indoor glass enclosed  terrace for a fabulous after party with DJ sensation, Sanya Smith spinning some of the latest rock tunes. 

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Welcome 2013 while dancing under the stars at Sunset Bar 

Enjoy the New Year countdown dining under the stars with a sumptuous international buffet.  Allow the Camerata Jazz  to serenade you and dance the night away with Brown Inc.  Witness spectacular fireworks as you welcome 2013.

Dinner is at Php 3,100 with a glass of sparkling wine to toast to the New Year. 

Experience the art of French luxury and fine living at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. 

For bookings and inquiries, call F&B reservations at +632 551-5555 extensions 6988, or email at fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com. Visit www.sofitelmanila.com. Facebook : sofitelmanila

Read More: SPIRAL: Guide to Asia's Most Dynamic Interactive Dining @ Sofitel Manila!

 

#2: MANILA HOTEL'S New Year's Eve Cross-Over Buffet

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Ring in the New Year with a grand dinner and dance party at the Lobby of Manila Hotel. Join the Grand Dame as she bids farewell to the departing year and greets 2013 with hope and cheer. With a crossover buffet featuring Café Ilang-Ilang, Champagne Room, Mabuhay Palace, Taproom, and Lobby Lounge, together with a live entertainment from High Caliber Band, this is one big party you should not miss! Dinner is from 6:00 PM and party starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets to the Manila Hotel New Year’s Countdown 2013 are priced at PhP 3,500 NET per person inclusive of crossover buffet and sparkling wine for the midnight toast. 

For inquiries and reservations, please call +632 527 0011 local 1260 to 62

 

#3: IMPRESSIONS Special New Year's Eve Menu @ MAXIMS HOTEL

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IMPRESSIONS is a French Fine Dining Restaurant which offer a good selection of Salad, Seafood, Foie Gras and offers a Prime Meat cooked in our live show kitchen with perfection. It is headed by our Celebrity Chef Cyrille Soenen from France. Impressions has a wide selections of wines, you can choose from our Wine Cellars which is also one of our main attraction. The Restaurant is located at the 3rd floor of Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila. 

Holiday Operating Hours:
Dec 31 |  6:00pm – 12mn  (New Year’s Eve Mini Ala Carte Set Menu) Php 3,200 nett inclusive of a glass of Sparkling wine

Jan  1, 2013 | 12:00nn – 3:00pm (New Year’s Day Special Buffet) Php 2,888 nett inclusive of  a glass of red, white or sparkling wine | 6:00pm- 11:00pm (Ala Carte and special Set Menu)

DRESS CODE:  Smart Casual

MODE OF PAYMENT: We accept Cash/Credit Card (Visa/Master, American Express, JCB, Union Pay), Resort World Gaming points (for Members only), We honor Senior Citizen Discounts.

For your other queries please do not hesitate to call us at 908-8883 or email us at impressions@rwmanila.com

 

#4: MANILA PENINSULA THE LOBBY'S New Year's Eve Party

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THE LOBBY. Holiday revelry at its finest. Celebrate the festivities with Christmas buffets, a gorgeous New Year’s Eve gala dinner and dancing at The Peninsula’s iconic Lobby

31 December | 9:00 pm to 2:00 am
New Year’s Eve “Pink Diamond” Gala Ball and Dinner
Glamorous Marilyn Monroe is the inspiration for 2012’s final send-off party which offers plenty of opportunities for flirtatious renditions of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, pink diamonds, feather boas and pink Champagne.
P 7,900 (including a Moët & Chandon Piccolo) 
P 4,800 (children under 12) 

1 January | Rigodon Ballroom 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET
P 1,100 (adults) and P 630 (children under 12)

Certain restrictions apply for restaurant reservations on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. May we suggest that you confirm your table reservations for Escolta, The Lobby, Old Manila, Salon de Ning and Spices in advance with Restaurant Reservations at +632 887-2888, extension 6694

 

#5: MARRIOT HOTEL Countdown to 2013

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No local worthy of the name would let December go by without coming to Marriott Manila for a night of luxurious and outrageous New Year’s Eve countdown party. Aside from the dining deals from Marriott Café to Cru Steakhouse, the lobby is also transforming to a hip hangout to welcome 2013!

Style-savvy clubber would be thrilled to know that two floors of the hotel is occupied with the music of In Session with live DJ at The Lounge while Belvedere’s Blue Bubble Room takes charge to the party ambience at The Hub. Party starts from 9 PM to 1:00 AM for only P1550 net, featuring an open bar stocked up with beers and wines matched with easy-to-handle-entrees for a perfect boogie-down experience. 

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With a menu that is one big staple, full of festive options and a selection of seafood and meat dishes that offers a welcome variety, why not include the Marriott Café buffet package before doing the countdown? For only P3, 888 net start off with relaxed meal-time banter with the family guaranteed to leave everybody slumped in satisfaction. 

There’s nothing quite a satisfying meat indulgence before making your way to the party, so have Cru Steakhouse for dinner if rooting for a happy place for carnivores.  With well-prepared steaks as the main star on the table for only P5,300 net, the menu features an indulgent 4-course set dinner in an intimate atmosphere with swift and polite service. 

Make this most happening event your memorable hurrah for the year. Whether with family or friends luxuriate over a good meal on December 31 and make your way to 2013 socializing, dancing, and enjoying good music in this biggest countdown party ever. 

For inquiries or reservations, call Festive Season trunk line at +632 988-9980. 

(NOTE: Since Marriott is in the Resorts World area, there are no fireworks display since it is near NAIA Airport Terminal 3)

 

#6: SPECTRUM at RAFFLES & FAIRMONT HOTEL

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Spectrum is the all-day dining buffet of the new Raffles and Fairmont Makati located at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Prior reservation is required. For reservations, please call +632 555-9840

 

#7: DUSIT THANI HOTEL's "REWIND" A New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration

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Relish the good times with the New Year’s Eve Crossover Dinner showcasing a vast offering of sumptuous international cuisines from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the hotel’s four featured restaurants. Hop from one restaurant to the next as you savor every dish and free-flowing beverage. Partake in a feast of authentic Thai fare from Benjarong, traditional Japanese specialties from Umu, intense Italian creations from Tosca Italian Grill and more well-loved international dishes from Basix all-day dining restaurant, all prepared by the hotel’s seasoned chefs.

The Countdown Party at the Lobby begins at 10:00 p.m. with live music and an Open Bar for the guests’ maximum enjoyment. The up-and-coming band, Street Beat, jumpstarts the celebration with their winning renditions of songs from the 80’s to today’s classic Pop and R&B tunes. Guests are treated to a spectacular night of ballroom dancing and partying as Behind Closed Doors, the ultimate retro dance band in Manila, performs nostalgic hits from the 60’s and 70’s suitable for dance enthusiasts of all ages. 

Tickets for Dusit Thani Manila’s New Year’s Eve Celebration are priced at PHP 4,000 net per person, inclusive of the Crossover Dinner and access to the Countdown Party and Open Bar at the Lobby. Children from 6 to 12 years of age are entitled to a 50% discount; 5 years and below are free of charge. Dusit Wine and Dine members are entitled to a special 20% discount on the New Year’s Eve Crossover Dinner and Countdown Party package.

Also offered separately is the Crossover Dinner only for PHP 2,500 net per person; and access to the Countdown Party only priced at PHP 2,000 net per person.

For inquiries and reservations, please call the Restaurant Reservations Desk at +632 238-8888 ext. 8430.

 

#8: TAAL VISTA New Year's Eve Party, Tagaytay

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The season’s revelry continues on December 31 with Bubbles and Bling: A New Year’s Eve Countdown Party from 7:00pm-2:00am at the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are at PhP3,000 per person and include a dinner buffet with live musical entertainment and entrance to the hotel’s countdown party featuring an open bar, live DJ and bands and fireworks show.

Guests who check in on December 31 will be given two complimentary tickets to Bubbles and Bling. Room rates start at PhP10,300 and include a complimentary buffet breakfast for two (2) persons, one round of cocktail drinks by the Lobby Lounge fireplace for 2 persons, a food & beverage dining credit worth PhP500.00 and a special turn down amenity. Room packages that include New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Sampaguita ballroom are also offered.

Get one night free when you book a minimum of two consecutive nights from December 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. The free night can be redeemed from January 2 to March 20, 2013.

For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 (2) 917-8225, +63 (46) 413-100 or +63 0917 809-1254. Taal Vista Hotel is located along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines. Stay connected with Taal Vista Hotel! Visit our website at www.taalvistahotel.com and join us on Facebook (facebook.com/taalvistahotel) and Twitter (@taalvistahotel).

 

#9 Welcome 2013 at ACACIA, Alabang

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HOLIDAY DINING AT ACACI

New Year's Eve Dinner Buffet | December 31, 2012, Acacia, 6 PM to 10 PM
Php 2,888 nett per person with unlimited drinks.
Inclusive of access to the New Year's Eve Countdown Party at The Lobby
with pica pica and two rounds of drinks per person.


New Year's Day Champagne Lunch and Dinner Buffet
January 1, 2013, 12 NN to 2 PM / 6 PM to 10 PM
Php 1,488 nett per person
Inclusive of one round of Champagne and Iced Tea or Pandan Juice

NYE 2013 COUNTDOWN PARTY
December 31, 2012, 8:30 PM to 12 MN, Grand Acacia Ballroom

It's going to be a fun and memorable evening as we celebrate that last few hours of 2012.
A lavish dinner buffet, live entertainment by class act The Bloomfields, and a display of
fireworks at exactly 12 MN are all in store for party-goers. Purchase your tickets in
advance at the Guest Services Desk. Tickets are at Php 2,888 nett per person.

ROLLIN' IN 2013 WITH RJ JACINTO
December 31, 2012, 10 PM to 12 MN, The Lobby at Acacia

Legendary Pinoy Rocker RJ Jacinto leads the crowd to 2013 with the greatest and latest hits.
Tickets are at Php 988 nett per person inclusive of two rounds of drinks and pica pica. Purchase
your tickets in advance at the Guest Service Desk.

Avail of the New Year's Eve dinner buffet at Acaci for Php 2,888 nett and get access to 
Rollin' with RJ inclusive of pica picas and two rounds of drinks.

For Reservations, Call Acacia Hotel Manila +632 720 2000 / +632 588-5888

 

JANUARY 1, 2013, TUESDAY: NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNTDOWN & AFTER PARTY

#1: EASTWOOD CITY New Year Countdown to 2013

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City welcomes the New Year with supercharged performances from musical superstars, as they celebrate another year of Living the Good Life in their Countdown to 2013 on December 31 at the Eastwood Mall Open Park. 

Donning fun, commemorative 2013 memorabilia from Eastwood City, guests are all invited to join the party, cheer and kiss their loved ones as they watch the Star Drop to celebrate the coming of 2013.

Iyaz
Guests have even more to look forward to at this year’s New Year Countdown as Eastwood City is the only one to bring in a foreign artist to Manila - none other than renowned reggae hiphop artist IYAZ. 

A multi-platinum singer, songwriter and rapper, IYAZ first burst into the music scene with the hit single “Replay”, which reached platinum in different countries all over the world.   This was followed by other hit tracks including “Solo” and “Pretty Girls”. Iyaz is also known for his collaboration with Philippines’ very own Charice for the pop-ballad “Pyramid.” 

Ely Buendia
Other prominent artists that will rock Eastwood City’s New Year Countdown to 2013 include musical icon Ely Buendia, 

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... award-winning Filipino rock band Up Dharma Down, hiphop and R&B hitmakers Urbanation, the all-girl rock group General Luna, and X-Factor Philippines finalist Mark Mabasa. 

Eastwood Fireworks
At the stroke of midnight, Eastwood City will be lighting up the skies with a grand fireworks display right after the Dazzling Star Drop, an Eastwood tradition now in its second year that hearkens to the New York Times Square Ball Drop, marking the beginning of 2013.  

“This year’s Countdown to 2013 will be our biggest and brightest yet. Party with international and local artists, be amazed by the glittering fireworks display, and be dazzled by the amazing Star Drop, our very own Eastwood New Year Tradition. That is why we are inviting everyone to kiss off 2012 and welcome 2013 here in Eastwood City,“ said Kevin L. Tan, First Vice President and Commercial Division Head of Megaworld Corporation.  

Usher in the New Year and celebrate another year of Living the Good Life at the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City New Year Countdown to 2013 on Dec. 31, 6PM at the Eastwood Mall Open Park.  

For inquiries and restaurant reservations, call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at +632 709-9888 or 709-0888, or log on to www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

(Note: The official QC Countdown will be in QC Circle) 

 

#2: SM MALL OF ASIA and GMA 7 Official New Year's Eve Countdown 2013!

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GMA 7 is celebrating their Annual Yearend Countdown at Seaside Boulevard between Mall of Asia and SM by the Bay. Veranda restaurants will be open until late and are accepting reservations now. There will be a 10-minute firework show at 12.00 mn.

For New Year's Day, SM Mall of Asia is open 12.00 nn to 10.00 pm. On that day, Mall of Asia features the Annual Grand Mascot Parade with over 100 Mascots. Parade starts at 4.00pm.

 

#3 ONE WORLD. ONE MAKATI. New Year's Eve Party 2013

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ONE WORLD. ONE MAKATI. Makati Goverment's Official New Year's Eve Countdown Party @ Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue.

Makati Countdown
Here's a look at last year's New Year's Eve Party in Makati by Ferdz Decena:
FerdzDecena.com | Welcoming 2012 at the Magical and Musical Makati

 

#4: 30 TO 1. 100% ROCKWELL New Year's Party

Rockwell
The 31 to 1 Rockwell New Year Party will take place on January 1, 2013 at 1AM in the Rockwell Tent. 

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There will be performances by some of Manila's hottest DJ's namely: DJ Cao, DJ Bad Boy Jeff, DJ Funk Avy, DJ David Ardiente and DJ Bing Reyes.


Tickets are sold at P600 (pre-selling) and P800 (door charge) each, inclusive of free flowing premium and cocktail drink selections.

For tickets and other inquiries, you can call +63 918 606 7070 or +63 918 606 7569

 

That's it! Please feel free to post your holiday events, Christmas celebrations, and New Year's Eve parties in the comment section of this blog post.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013! Enjoy the Holidays :)

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Full Disclosure: The information and photos are a compilation from official press releases of the hotels and establishments featured in this blog posts with my annotation. I wrote this blog post myself, it expresses my own opinions, and we only blog about things that are awesome. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't receive compensation from food and travel places we feature in the blog.

P.S. There's usually no official Countdown event at Bonifacio Global City. Skye W Lounge New Year's Eve event provides the fireworks display in BGC.

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Thank you!

It's one thing to get the information from the establishments' press releases, but it's quite another when you merely copy-paste (without even any regard for redundancy). Please don't say "I wrote this blog post myself" when all you did was compile.

Thanks for the feedback. Hope you have a Happy New Year :)


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