It may still be 65 days before Christmas, but the saying “Christmas is just around the corner” couldn’t be truer in the Philippines.
In fact, as soon as the first of September arrives to signal the beginning of the “ber” months, Filipinos just as quickly play Christmas carols as they count down the days until the most festive time of the year, while little by little planning for the Holiday gatherings.
As such, business establishments in the Philippines, which unofficially hold the longest Christmas celebration in the world, have likewise their Yuletide offerings and heighten the excitement.
One such establishment is Marriott Manila, the five-star property within Newport City in Pasay, whose promise for Christmas 2016 is to make holiday preparations easy but nonetheless special for their patrons.
At Marriott Manila’s media teaser for their Christmas festivities, the season is all about “sugar, sparkles and all things wonderful.”
Sampled by The Manila Times were sweet goodies, which Filipinos both love to give away and receive. Among the sugary array are Marriott Café’s trademark Stollen Bread and Dark Fruitcake, as well as the local staple Pan De Coco that are all perfect coffee partners on cool “ber-month” mornings.
Children will especially have their sweet tooth’s fill with the Café’s colorful Holiday Cookie boxes, Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Chalet, and other fancy items like a Chocolate Christmas Tree, Big Belly Chocolate Santa, and Chocolate Angel, among others.
To give to those who made it your “nice list” this year are Marriot’s well-crafter hampers to make gift-giving a breeze, but nonetheless very special.
One can go for the simple yet adorable gift sets like the Big Belly Santa-carved chocolates and Malagos chocolates from Davao. Or they can go big in quintessential hampers with the Mini Hamper in Leather Box—which contains two-dozen holiday cookies, two huge gingerbread men, a chocolate Santa in sleigh, stollen bread, and a spiced apple gourmet jam—and the Classic Hamper overflowing with pumpkin seed bread, dark fruit cake, a gourmet jam, Malagos chocolates, milk chocolate almond Christmas tree, oversized cookies, milk and white chocolate angel, gingerbread man, and a bottle of Benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon red wine.
Meanwhile, cooking is one activity that domestic goddesses also look forward during the holidays. But if one is pressed for time to prepare a sumptuous feast, Marriott Manila is all too glad to suggest their Smoked Bone-in Ham and Whole Roasted Turkey as main table attractions.
The two options come with a kilo of herb roasted baby potatoes, a duo of creamy potato salad, rosemary glazed carrots, buttered mixed vegetables and sauce options of mushroom gravy and pineapple (for the ham), or cranberry sauces (for the turkey), plus delectable pumpkin and apple pies.
The hotel also suggests waking up to a worry-free Christmas Day by bringing family celebrations to Marriott Manila. They have prepared an exceptional Christmas Eve dinner buffet from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., a Noche Buena Buffet from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and a Christmas brunch buffet from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On to the New Year
Of course, the list of Marriott Manila’s offerings will not be complete without the traditional grand countdown to New Year’s Day. Last year, jam-packed crowd was serenaded by Martin Nievera, Charice and Zsazsa Padilla.
This year, the grand countdown to 2017 will continue the hotel’s tradition of providing superb entertainment from no less than OPM rock icon Bamboo and world-class artist Lea Salonga. A special raffle will also get the year started right, the biggest of which will be four round trip tickets Paris, France.
Indeed with easy but exceptional options like these within a drive’s reach, shouldn’t the grueling Christmas rush be a thing of the past?
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