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Illuminated holiday

One of the newest attractions in the complex this December is the Illumination Festival Manila organized by Kirin Creative Entertainment. It features Luminarie Light Structures, shows by international performers, and a state-of-the art VR experience. Experience walking with dinosaurs, flying on a glider, or even walking on top of buildings using the event’s advanced VR technology. There will also be a Gini Casting portable professional studio used in K-Pop auditions. Rare K-pop merchandise will also be available for purchase. The holiday festivities at Eton Centris was kicked-off by a Christmas tree lighting ceremony held last 14 November. The 50-foot giant tree is adorned with over 2,000 pieces of décor with red, orange, green, cyan and magenta ornaments that represent the new and revitalized Eton Centris.

Rock the year-end away with Yeng

Celebrate the end of a winning 2018 with the Philippines’ pop rock princess as Winford Manila Resort and Casino presents the “Yeng Constantino Year-end Concert” at the hotel’s ballroon on 30 December. Fans of Tawag ng Tanghalan grand finalist Tuko delos Reyes are in for an added treat as the pride of Aurora is set to light up the stage with a special guest appearance. Ballroom doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph) or directly at Winford Manila. Ticket prices start at P2,500 for silver, P3,000 for gold and P3,500 for VIP seating. Special hotel stay and concert packages are also available through the Winford Manila sales office. Call 528-3600 or send an email to sales@winfordmanila.com for the latest deals.

A colorful blast

F1 Hotel presents a mouthwatering celebration of the holidays with a feast for the upcoming New Year for P2,199 net per head. Join the Color Blast New Year’s Countdown in partnership with Color Manila for P1,988 net per head, happening at F1 Hotel Manila’s Canary Lounge. Welcome 2019 with flying colors this 31 December, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. On a night filled with unlimited spirits from sponsors Stella Artois and Jack Daniels, The New Year’s Toast will be hosted by May Sparkling. From 1 to 15 January 2019, the Joyful January Room Package is offered with a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast for two for P5,600 net per night. For inquiries and reservations, call 908-7888 or visit f1hotelmanila.com.

Straight-up party

Carrying on with its holiday tradition, Seda BGC is ringing in the New Year with its own countdown party featuring a delightful display of fireworks at its Straight Up roof-deck bar.
The evening starts with a special dinner buffet that includes carveries and barbecue, authentic Italian pizza fresh from the oven plus pastas, salads and desserts with unlimited house wines and local beers. Tickets to the Dinner and New Year Countdown Party are available at Straight Up or at Seda BGC’s Front Desk at P5,000 net each. Straight Up was named one of the best bars and lounges by Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants Guide and is always cited as one of the best roofdeck bars in Manila. For inquiries, call 945-8888 or email bgc@sedahotels.com.

New beginnings at the farm

Have a holistic break leading to a New Year at The Farm at San Benito. One of the things one can enjoy is the Christmas bonfire seen until 2 January 2019. Celebrate this season the Filipino way — with a bountiful feast shared with loved ones. The season is never complete without the traditional Filipino snacks with puto bumbong, bibingka and tsokolateng binate.
Visit the deliciously healthy food stations at the South Pool from 3 to 5 p.m. available until 2 January 2019. Enjoy a special New Year’s Day luncheon on 1 January 2019 at Alive!
For inquiries and reservations, visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com; call 884-8074, 0918-884 8080; or email info@thefarm.com.ph or reservations@thefarm.com.ph.

Ring in the year in style

The countdown to New Year is on and partygoers who want live performances and fine cuisine can do so with Lima Park Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party on 31 December. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the hotel will offer its New Year’s Countdown Buffet which is available at P1,298. Enjoy an overnight stay in a deluxe room for two adults and two children for P6,099. The New Year getaway includes New Year dinner and buffet breakfast good for two. To schedule a reservation, call (43) 981-1555, 0917-5042385, 0925-5042385 or visit www.limaparkhotel.com. Bookings can be made by sending an email to reservations@limaparkhotel.com.

A dream-filled celebration

City of Dreams Manila ushers in a sparkling 2019 with a grand New Year’s Eve countdown celebration at two of its thrilling entertainment venues — The Garage and CenterPlay. Families and friends can enjoy live band performances while they savor a wide selection of food and drinks from the 10 food trucks and trailers. Revelers at The Garage can also opt to avail of the special New Year’s Eve promo that includes crudités platter of taro chips, mixed nuts, vegetable crudités and assorted dips that comes with free flowing red, white and sparkling house wines and draft beers at P1,500 net per person. There is no minimum or cover charge for the New Year’s Eve Countdown party at The Garage. Party packages at CenterPlay include a glass of Moet et Chandon Brut and food and beverage consumables starting at P2,000 net per person. For inquiries, call 800-8080, e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

Feast for the senses

Okada Manila brings together a feast to delight the senses. On 31 December, the entire property will be lit up in the brightest lights and beams shooting up straight to the skies.
Something special awaits guests of every age and preference at Okada Manila, including special shows, an exclusive concert and scrumptious culinary offerings. It’s truly an evening for the books at the Grand Ballroom with A Legendary Countdown Concert. This special dinner buffet and entertainment countdown will bring guests performances from OPM legends Hajji Alejandro, Marco Sison and Rey Valera, as well as Hazel Faith and the Manila Sound Project. Bringing the kids along? Drop them off at PLAY for a special New Year’s Eve yearend activities. For P1,500 per child, the kids will have an evening to remember created especially for them — complete with a New Year’s program, special activities, a dinner bento set, exciting freebies and a kids’ New Year Countdown! To reserve tickets to the concert and PLAY, call 555-5799. Tickets can be bought at Okada Manila, or online by logging on to www.okdmnl.ph/OPMLegends.

FROM top: Yeng Constantino at Winford Manila; The Fountain at Okada Manila; Straight Up Roofdeck Bar of Seda BGC; a sumptuous dish at Lima Park Hotel; Big Lagoon at night at The Farm at San Benito; and party at Cove Manila.

Revel into 2019

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to let it all out and party the night away at Cove Manila! Recently ranked 37th in the Top 100 Clubs of the World by the International Nightclub Association, Cove Manila offers an unparalleled party experience within Southeast Asia’s biggest indoor beach and night club. This year, Cove Manila will be attempting to break the global record for the biggest balloon drop as the clock strikes midnight. But before guests officially welcome 2019 with a record-breaking countdown, LA-based English DJ Pete Tong will be spinning dope beats from the booth. Prepare to be wowed as Okada Manila will be having not one, but two simultaneous fireworks display on its property that you can choose from. Head over to The Fountain for a special New Year edition of Okada Manila’s famous water shows. Want something more laid-back? Then The Garden, Okada Manila’s newest outdoor feature, is the best bet for you. Have your pick of tasty treats from the various food stalls and enjoy drinks from the open bar while grooving to live music. The Garden makes for a great spot for the countdown and the fireworks display, as you lay back on the grass while enjoying the cool breeze and breathtaking bayside sunset views from Manila Bay. For more information on upcoming events and promotions, log on to www.okadamanila.com.

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