The Manila Times’ official guide on New Year festivities
Welcome the New Year with nothing but fun festivities to usher in good vibes all through 2015.
In keeping with tradition, The Sunday Times Magazine rings up its annual guide to happenings around the metropolis and beyond town for ideas on the big count down.
@ Acacia Hotel
The best is yet to come and Acacia Hotel Manila invites all patrons to its New Year’s Eve Countdown Party dubbed “Spectacular 2015.” Happening on the eve of December 31, it features Voices of 5 the whole evening with chart toppers and classics. For reservation, call 720-2000.
@ The Bellevue Manila
Get 2015 started with food as Café d’Asie, the prime dining outlet of The Bellevue Manila, that offers its very own New Year’s Eve Buffet. Then, party the night away at the hotel’s entertainment spot, the Vue Bar, with its New Year Countdown and enjoy smashing performances from Derf Hebrado, Nomer Lasala and Mulatto. Usher in the New Year with great food and great music only at The Bellevue Manila. For inquiries, call 771-8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
@ Diamond Hotel
Celebrate at Diamond Hotel Philippines on December 31 and welcome 2015 with a bang. The hotel’s Rock Around the Clock Countdown Party happens at Corniche restaurant with live performances from the Xarchy Band and FBC Rebirth to kick-off the New Year. For those who prefer a higher level of partying, heighten the start of the New Year at the Sky Lounge Music Bar at the 27th floor with the upbeat vibe of TAC 4 Band. For inquiries, call 528-3000, local 1121 for restaurant reservations.
@ Discovery Shores Boracay
Welcome 2015 at the beachfront of Discovery Shores Boracay on December 31, from 7 p.m. onward with a 1920s-themed culinary affair, “Haute & High Spirits.” This New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, Countdown Party and Fireworks Show begin with gastronomic delights from the resort’s three famed restaurants in one buffet spread, followed by a party featuring DJ Ron Poe, and finally, a spectacular fireworks spectacle by the beach. For inquiries, contact 720-8888 or visit discoveryhotels-resorts.com.
@ Dusit Thani Manila
Dusit Thani Manila turns the party on at the hotel’s poolside on December 31 with a Nikki Beach style featuring DJ Arnel Genterone and the popular 3rd Avenue Band. Guests billeted at the hotel on New Year’s Eve can join the countdown for a special price, while dining guests at Benjarong, Tosca restaurant and Umu restaurants will automatically get an access to the countdown party. For inquiries, call 238 8888 or e-mail email@example.com.
@ Makati Shangri-La
Makati Shangri-La, Manila rings in 2015 with a shimmering shindig at the Lobby Lounge on December 31. Party in style on the last day of the year with free-flowing champagne and canapés from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a four-course set dinner to be served starting 8:30 p.m. and topped with a dessert buffet from 11 p.m. onward. Pair the culinary masterpieces with music from Aliya Parcs, The Voice Philippines’ Klarisse de Guzman, and The Music Network. For inquiries, 813-8888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
@ Manila Pavilion
Manila Pavilion’s Seasons Café will indulge holiday revelers with sublime dinner buffet on December 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as the last hurrah for 2014. Seasons’ New Year’s Eve festive buffet treat comes with free flow of juice or iced tea and complimentary pass to the Countdown at the Boulvar with a holiday selection of pica-pica buffet, sparkling wine and noise makers to share in the company of family and friends. For inquiries, call 526-1212 locals 2335 to 2337, or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.
@ Marriott Manila
Marriott Hotel Manila’s New Year’s Eve masquerade ball will make the last night of your year the best party of your life. The celebration begins at 10 p.m. with an upbeat performance by Shayne and the Brown Union. At the stroke of midnight, huge balloon drops, confetti cannons and loud trumpets welcomes 2015. For a luxurious dining experience, Executive Chef Meik Brammer invites you at Cru Steakhouse where he prepares an exceptional four-course New Year’s menu. For more information, call 988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com.
@ Marco Polo Ortigas
Celebrate the evolution of music in 2015 at the Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. The party will feature 80’s DJ John Robinson, as he spins the night away with everyone’s disco favorites. Spend a spectacular countdown celebration and marvel at the 180-degree view of Manila from the 45th floor. Ticket is inclusive of a New Year’s buffet and an open bar perfect for the celebration. For inquiries, call 0917-8618473.
@ Mövenpick Hotel Mactan
Warmest cheers await you as Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu gives everyone good times, fine dining experience, total entertainment and fireworks rolled into one. From a seven-course set menu at The Ibiza Beach Club to a grand gala dinner buffet in the hotel lobby, the hotel gives nothing but the best dining option, free-flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and of course, live entertainment and a colorful display of fireworks.
@ Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
Make New Year’s Eve a night to remember at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas Countdown Party at the Hotel Lobby inclusive of three drinks, bar chow buffet, party favors, a glass of sparkling wine to toast at midnight and live performance of catchy retro tunes by the Big Bash Band. For inquiries, call 638-7777 local 3409, or visit www.richmondehotels.com.ph.