CHRISTMAS Tree Lighting on November 17 at the The Plaza in Newport Mall signals the month-long holiday revelry at the Resorts World Manila, the first one stop, nonstop integrated tourist destination in the country.
From November 17 to January 1, 2017, delightful entertainment, topnotch cuisine, great family events and a showcase of the best in Filipino culture, Resorts World Manila’s annual Grand Fiesta Manila (GFM) truly encapsulates how Filipinos celebrate the Christmas season.
A traditional festival that mirrors the true identity of Filipinos—fun-loving and closely knit with family, both Filipinos and tourists have endeared themselves to the many offerings of GFM during the holiday season since 2010.
Dubbed as “The Magic is Everywhere,” this year’s GFM unleashed a magical celebration that not only continues to champion our local culture but also brings the best of world-class entertainment from all over the world.
The affair heralds a string of special events and family offerings that include topnotch performances at the award-winning Newport Performing Arts Theater featuring the following exciting shows and activities.
Air Supply performs in Manila on December 8, 8 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theater with sentimental favorites like “All Out Of Love,” “Two Less Lonely People In The World,” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” among others.
Resorts World Manila has produced great theater, and their latest offering is Annie, a Tony Award-winning musical based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. It tells the story a young orphan girl who is adopted by a New York mayoral candidate. It’s a hard knock life but with a little positivity, we can dream of a better tomorrow. Annie is extended until December 11, and is staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater with shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
A beautifully designed Pinoy Ultimate Jeepneys take the spotlight at Newport Mall this December for this year’s GFM as various colleges and universities compete in the design competition. The finalists’ works will be on exhibit from December 12 to January 6, 2017 with the awards night slated on December 17.
World-class entertainment continues at Bar 360 and Bar 180 featuring Primo’s variety show I Heart Pinoy and the singing sensations’ Spices of Love shows with international acrobats Duo Golovin plus the hottest bands and soloists in the metro
Kids will enjoy the hi 5 Fairy Tale, a theatrical extravaganza where the cast of the popular show Hi-5 will educate children through colorful, easy-to-follow music, dance, and play using fairy tales. There will be knights, princesses, dragons, dinosaurs, and pirates, so catch this show if you have tiny tots. Hi-5 Fairytale will be staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on December 16 (2:30 PM and 6 PM), December 17 (11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.), and December 18 (2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.).
The novelty of GFM among Filipinos is also evident by guest numbers who attend the annual Simbang Gabi, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day masses. Free concerts top-billed by the hottest acts in the music scene are also held at The Plaza for free during Christmas Day.
Capping off this year’s magical five-week festivities is the biggest New Year’s Eve spectacle in the city, the Grand Countdown to 2017 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the largest ballroom in the country.
A number of talented acts have already signed up for one jam-packed entertainment extravaganza for families who plan to spend the first big bash of the New Year including veteran comedian and impersonator Jon Santos as the host of the event; international magicians, dancers and acrobats; top Filipino bands; and featuring two of the Philippines’ most powerful voices – Bamboo and Lea Salonga – for the night’s main performance.
For this year, the MGB New Year’s Eve Grand Countdown to 2017 will welcome revelers with a grand magical party that will showcase top-notch cuisine, stellar performances, and an evening to remember with family and friends to kick off the New Year.
Book your seats early for this year’s New Year’s Eve Grand Countdown at MGB by visiting www.rwmanila.com or by calling TicketWorld at (+632) 891-9999 or the RWM Box Office at (+632) 908-8888 local 7700. For room and ticket reservations contact Marriott Hotel Manila at (+632) 988-9999, Belmont Hotel Manila at (+632) 318-8888 or Remington Hotel at (+632) 908-8833.