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December 2015

New Year's Eve Party in Manila

New Year’s Eve Manila 2016: Awesome Guide to a Dazzling New Year!

12/26/2019: New Year’s Eve Party Ideas: Manila Countdown to 2020!

UntitledNew Year’s Eve is never complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic food, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.

If you love to eat, you can welcome 2016 at Discovery Primea Makati’s “Glitter & Gold” 4-course set menu with champagne to toast, Diamond Hotel’s delicious Corniche Buffet, or Vask’s NYE Special. Should you want free flowing Dom Perignon, Spiral Buffet at Sofitel Plaza Manila offers guests a special package dinner so you can toast all you can!

If you’re more into the club scene, you can catch the Bass Jackers at Chaos, City of Dreams Manila or take a dip at The Palace Pool Club’s New Year’s Eve Ball. If that’s not your style, then you could revel in the color of the year at Pangaea’s New Year’s Eve White PartySofitel’s Venice-Themed New Year’s Extravaganza: Canaval Venetzia, or Discovery Ortigas’ “Live to Tell”, a New Year’s Eve party featuring Madonna’s best hits!

You can catch some awesome local acts at Eastwood’s New Year Countdown featuring stars like Rico Blanco, Christian Bautista, and some of Manila’s best DJ’s. 

Here’s a handy guide to some of the best places to go for this New Year’s Eve…

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SOLSTICE: A Story About Transitions (One Way 2.0s) @PowerPlantMall


SOLSTICE is a modern European restaurant by Joseph Assad of One Way Restaurant and Jackie Rodriguez, the innovator behind the Bistro Group (TGI Fridays, Italiannis) and Global Restaurant Concepts (CPK, IHOP). 

Its name is inspired by the astrological transitions that happen in June (summer solstice–the longest day of the year) and December (winter solstice–the shortest day of the year). This is why the Solstice restaurant concept is all about transitions.

First, both owners have moved on from their previous projects and invested on this homegrown 8 Rockwell restaurant. 

Second, the restaurant menu will start with One Way dishes and then evolve as they feature known chefs every three months, to showcase their cuisine for a week and leave a few recipes. 

Third, they will also feature Indian food on Mondays and Mediterranean cuisine on Tuesdays.

We tried Solstice a day after they opened the restaurant (during the winter solstice) and here’s what we think about it…


Solstice Bistro & Boulangerie
8 Rockwell, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati

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ASCOTT BGC Staycation: Living like a Resident in the Heart of BGC! @Ascott_Ltd

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ASCOTT BGC is one of the best staycations we experienced with the family in 2015. We love the spacious 3-bedroom executive apartment and the central location of Ascott with the best foodie places in the city.

Check out the Ascott BGC Staycation experience…

ASCOTT The Residence BGC
28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634 Philippines
Telephone: +632 860-9888
Website: Ascott The Residence BGC
Instagram: ascott_ltd
Twitter: @Ascott_Ltd
Facebook: Ascott The Residence

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HEAT’s Mad For Wagyu: Create-Your-Own 10 Course Wagyu Degustacion! @EdsaShangriLa

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MAD FOR WAGYU is Heat Edsa Shangri-La’s Eat-all-you-can Wagyu buffet, which will be held every Saturday dinner for P2,415 net, to kick off 2016.

Did you know that we are one of the biggest consumers of Wagyu meat outside of Japan? Manila is sure to go crazy over this Wagyu buffet experience!

Here’s what you need to know about Mad for Wagyu and how to plan your Wagyu attack…


Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Telephone: +632 633-8888 ext. 2740
Operating Hours: 6 pm to 10.30 pm, last call for buffet at 10.00pm
Mad for Wagyu: P2,415 net/person (Every Saturday Dinner)  
For more info, visit Restaurant Heat website

Related Blog Post: HEAT’S MAD FOR LOBSTERS: Ultimate Lobster Feast in Manila! (Every Friday @EdsaShangrila)



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Awesome Festivals

“Ligligan Parul” 2015: Solidarity through Light & Song at San Fernando, Pampanga

“Ligligan Parul”, or the Giant Lantern Festival is held every December at San Fernando, Pampanga—starting December 19 up until January 6. These intricate structures nearly 20 feet in diameter are brilliant displays of the city’s century old lantern-making heritage.

This year, 11 barangays (San Jose, Santa Lucia, Dolores, Santo Niño, San Juan, Telebastagan, Del Pilar, Calulut, Sindalan, Pandaras, and San Nicolas) have participated at this colorful showdown of the best giant lantern in Pampanga!

San Fernando, Pampanga
Facebook: GiantLantern

Read on to learn more about Team OAP’s experience at “Ligligan Parul” 2015…

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Wonderfruit Festival: Hippest Festival in Asia! @WonderfruitFest

By Abigail Javellana

Wonderfuit Festival 2015

Wonderfruit, is an international Music & Arts Festival set in Thailand’s backpacker heartland Siam Country Pattaya, is said to be one of the hippest festivals in Asia.

Although known to be a sin city, Pattaya is far from that with it’s long stretch white sand beach, lush hills, creeks, and well-manicured lawns are reminiscent of the world-famous Coachella.

We love the various workshops held every day, enriching ourselves with the arts, yoga, and health, it is definitely a perfect venue for an adventure filled with an exciting music line-up, yummy feasts, and nature activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

It zeroes in on advocating creative cultures, eco-friendliness, and sustainable living. You could say, it has the same change-making concept as to Philippine’s very own Malasimbo.

Here’s a short photo essay of Wonderfruit’s festivities last December 17-20, 2015…


Wonderfruit Festival
The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya
50 Moo 9, Bang Lamung, Pong, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
Facebook: wonderfruitfest
Twitter: @wonderfruitfest
Instagram: @wonderfruitfestival


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A Christmas Staycation @ManilaHotel

Related Blog Post: MANILA HOTEL: Your next Memorable Manila Staycation @ManilaHotel

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MANILA HOTEL is an iconic 5-star hotel in the heart of Manila and the perfect backdrop for your Christmas Staycation for 2015! 

This year, they transformed the conference rooms of the hotel into a Colonial Christmas Village with story telling sessions, tea time, Christmas movie showing, and Willy the Bear mascot for the kids.

It’s the first time I’ve seen this kind of dedication in providing Christmas happiness to families with children.  

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A Different Kind of Foodie Staycation @DiscoveryPrimea

Update 6/29/2016: FLAME: A Burning Passion for Modern European Food with an Asian Twist! @DiscoveryPrimea


Discovery Primea is a leading luxury residential service hotel and one of the best places for a staycation in Makati.

We love the breakfast at Tapenade, the awesome view of the Makati skyline from the infinity pool, and the unique Hammam Turkish bath experience at Terazi Spa.

Check out this different kind of foodie staycation at Discovery Primea… 


6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226, Philippines
Telephone: +632 955-8888
Facebook: Discovery Primea Makati
Twitter: @PrimeaMakati


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THE WHOLESOME TABLE Salcedo Breakfast in Makati! @BiancaElizalde

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The Wholesome Table is an organic comfort food restaurant with a passionate commitment to all things wholesome and healthy, inspired by the food that Bianca Araneta-Elizalde cooks at home.

The standalone Salcedo Makati branch is the only branch that opens at 7 am to offer a truly healthy, wholesome breakfast treat. The other branches are located in malls that open at around 11 am.

It’s the perfect place to go to after an early morning run or simbang gabi, or for a power breakfast meeting when you’re in the Makati area.


G/F Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa Corner L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: Open Daily: 7 am to 11 pm
Telephone: +632 848-7777
Mobile: +63 917 885-7520
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @TheWholesomeTable

Related Blog Post: THE WHOLESOME TABLE Organic Comfort Food Resto by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde (A Review)

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ITALIANNI’S Breakfast: Blissful Creation by Chef Josh Boutwood @ItaliannisPH (Video)

It’s still a surprise to some people that Italianni’s serves really good breakfast created by Chef Josh Boutwood. 

They actually offer breakfast comfort food favorites of Continental and Filipino dishes (not just limited to Italian breakfast). The Italianni’s branch at Greenbelt 2 is vibrant as early as 7am, with power breakfast meetings being held or friends hanging out on a slow lazy morning.

Facebook: Italiannis Philippines
Instagram: @ItaliannisPH
Twitter: @ItaliannisPH

G/F, Greenbelt 2, Makati City
Telephone: +632 728-0289 / 728-0283

Quadrant 5, Space 1E14, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: +632 856-4904 / 856-3890

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