MANILA, Philippines – On New Year’s Eve in Manila, it’s ideal to find a one-stop-shop to wine, dine, dance and keep your fingers safe from rogue fireworks. Rappler’s 2011 New Year’s Eve guide zeroes in on neighborhoods and highlights the best happenings in the metropolis.
1. Quezon City
At Eastwood Mall‘s Open Park, rock the way to midnight with artists, Gary Valenciano, The Dawn, Billy Crawford, Urbanization, Amber Davis and the Philippine All Stars. As midnight strikes, see the sensational star drop, the local version of the famous ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. Then watch the sky explode with fireworks.
When: 6PM – 12 Midnight
The Peninsula Manila Hotel’s Sparkle Gala Ball is for those who want to bring in the new year dripping in glamor. The party reinvents the classic black-tie gala ball, packing in balloons, confetti and a 19-piece orchestra.
When: 9PM – 2AM
Price: starts at P6,200 for adults and P3,700 for kids inclusive of a dinner buffet
Details and reservations: http://bit.ly/uZLsH7 or (63-2) 887-2888 loc 6694
The Ayala Avenue street party will turn the business thoroughfare to the serious business of partying. The intersection between Ayala and Makati Avenues will give way to food booths, a fireworks display and a countdown titled “Magical, Musical Makati 2012” with performances by ABS-CBN artists.
When: 6PM – 12 Midnight
The Dusit Thani Manila’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party is for those who want to eat their way to new year then party with an open bar and local jazz music. The crossover dinner allows diners to jump between four different restaurants: Tosca for Italian, Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant for Thai, Umu for Japanese and Basix All-Day Dining Restaurant for international and Filipino.
When: 6PM – 1:30AM
Details and reservations: +632 238-8888 loc 8840
At Power Plant Mall, the Rockwell New Year Party caters to families in the early evening and the young bar crowd in the morning. From 6:30-9:30PM a jazz band will serenade those eating along the Lopez Strip, while a free bottle of wine will go to each table at Via Mare Oyster Bar, Cafe Via Mare, Kuretake and Barcino (which will stay open until 3am even after other restaurants close at 8pm). At midnight, a fireworks display will dazzle those seated along the Lopez Strip. From 1AM – 6AM Rockwell tent will transform into a bar with free flowing drinks and dancing to house and hip hop music spun by 4 different DJs.
When: 6:30PM – 6AM
Price: Free fireworks. P550 entrance fee for the Rockwell Tent but Rockwell Residents and club members get in for free and can preregister their friends.
Details and reservations: 0906-336-0797 or 0917-533-1464
The Shangri-La Makati will curtain off Lobby Lounge for a comprehensive buffet with a salad bar, seafood area, carving section and dessert station and a performance by Filipina bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro. A second party with a Brazilian theme and performance by Escola de Samba de Manila will occupy Conway’s on the second floor.
When: 9PM – 1AM
Price: regular seats starting at P5,000 with additional for drinks, taxes and service charge. VIP seats starting at P5,500 and P6,000 and Balcony seating for a table of four starting at P20,000. Entrance fee to Conway’s is P500.
Details: +632 813-8888 loc 7430
Mandarin Oriental will feature a countdown party at Martinis starting at 10pm with performances by sultry singer Kat Agarrado and Pinoy rocker Wally Gonzalez. Dinner reservations can be made at any of their three restaurants, Tivoli for a seven course set menu, Paseo Uno for an inclusive buffet with Lechon, Turkey and Foie gras or Tin Hau for a holiday set menu.
When: 10PM – 2AM (countdown party)
Price: No cover charge at Martinis. The Tin Hau holiday set menu starts at P1,300 and goes up to P3,388 with an additional service charge and taxes. The Paseo Uno buffet is P2,396 ++l for taxes, service charge and drinks. The Tivoli seven course menu is P3,200 for adults and P1,600 for children with an additional 10% service charge.
Details and reservations: +632 750 8888 loc 2457
The sky over Greenbelt will glitter at midnight for a free fireworks display at the corner of Legaspi St. and Paseo de Roxas.
When: 12 Midnight
The SM Mall of Asia Countdown is a fun budget option for new year’s eve. There will be a performance featuring GMA 7 talents, hosted by Tim Yap and one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Manila. Veranda restaurants will stay open until 1am.
When: 7PM – 12 Midnight (from when Ground Activities start to the fireworks display)
Details: +632 556-0680
The Resorts World Manila’s New Year’s Countdown will take place in both The Plaza in Newport Mall and Bar 360. A combination of latin, retro and classic rock music will come in performances by Ariba, Spirit of ’67, Draybers and a host of others. The party will rage on past midnight at one of the hottest clubs in Manila, Republiq.
When: 10PM – 4AM (Countdown)
Price: P700 for the entrance fee and 3 drinks at Bar 360, additional for food. P600 for the entrance fee and 2 cocktails at Republiq, additional for food. Free entrance to The Plaza.
Details: +632 836-6333
Sofitel Hotel simultaneously brings in the new year in three locations. The Harbour Garden Tent will have a festive international buffet, 2 bands, a balloon drop and a fireworks display from 6:30PM – 12:45AM. A countdown and elegant dinner will take place in Le Bar from 6:30PM – 1AM. Meanwhile, a champaign party will bubble along side the iconic Spiral staircase from 7PM – 2AM.
Time: 6:30PM – 2AM
Price: P4,500 with one glass of sparkling wine and additional for service charge and tax at Le Bar. P3,888 with free flowing wine and one glass of sparkling wine and additional for service charge and tax at The Harbour Garden Tent. P880 for entrance fee, including one glass of champagne and additional for other drinks, tax and service charge.
Details: +632 832-6988
Pan Pacific’s New Year Countdown Party brings to the table an international buffet with choices ranging from Filipino to American and European along with one round of welcome drinks then a round of sparkling wine during the countdown and a fireworks show at midnight on the rooftop.
Time: 7:30PM – 1:30AM
Price: P2,500 net per adult and P1,250 net per child (ages 7-12)
Details and reservations: 318 0788 loc 3007
The Diamond Hotel offers a New Year’s Eve international buffet with Japanese, Indian, Korean and Filipino dishes in the lobby coffee shop and a party with R&B music in Sky Lounge.
Time: 5PM Lounge opens, 9PM-12:30AM Band plays
Price: P2,012 including one glass of champagne and additional for taxes and service charge for the buffet. P888 net which comes with 2 drinks at Sky Lounge, a separate platter of food is P995 with additional taxes and service charge.
Details and reservations: +632 528-3000 loc 1121
The Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila’s Year End Party offers a range of dining options, a 5-course dinner with wagyu at Fireplace, a 9 course dinner at Lili’s or a buffet dinner at Markeplace with free flowing drinks. The party beats on past midnight with a jazzy after party in the lounge and on the rooftop with a panoramic view of Manila and fireworks.
Time: 6PM – 11PM Dining, 10:00PM – 3AM Rooftop party
Price: Fireplace P4,500 5-course set menu with wagyu and one glass of wine, tax and service charge included. Lili’s P18,888 9-course set menu for 12 guests and as much as you can drink alcohol or a 7-course menu for 2 people for P1,688. Marketplace buffet dinner for P2,050 net with free flowing drinks. P1,000 for the afterparty inclusive of 2 drinks in the lounge and 2 on the rooftop.
Details and reservations: +632 245-1234 loc. 7818
Manila Hotel makes the last taste of 2011 count with a crossover dinner at Mabuhay Palace for Chinese food, Champagne Room for French and Italian cuisine and Cafe Ilang-Ilang for international ranging from American to Middle Eastern, Chinese and Indian. The decadence is followed by a cocktail type countdown featuring a live alternative and R&B band.
Time: 6PM – 1AM
Price: P3,000 for dinner and one round of sparkling wine with additional for tax and service charge.
Details and reservations: +632 527-0011 or email email@example.com
Acacia Hotel Manila sends guests back to the ’70s before they reach 2012. The Flashback to the 70’s party showcases hit bands True Faith and Jive Group alongside a 4-course set dinner. A Modern countdown party graces the lobby with a sumptuous dinner buffet.
Time: 8:30PM – 12Midnight for Flashback to the ’70s, 6PM – 10PM dinner buffet
Price: P2888 net for Flashback to the ’70s. P2,588 with one round of standard drinks and access to the lobby. P888 net with 5 rounds of standard drinks and finger foods for the countdown party.
Details and reservations: +632 720 2000