Where do you celebrate New Year’s Eve, Philippines?
After my father passed away. the family, at least what’s left of it, started a new tradition. That is not to celebrate the New Year’s eve or even Christmas at home.
We did not plan it to be that way but it just happened. Suddenly we just don’t want to celebrate holidays at home anymore, maybe because even if we are not saying it, deep in our heats, the pain of missing someone is still there and it lingers especially when there are special occasions like this.
Missing is not a bad thing. The family has been going around places during the Holidays now. For years now we have found the best places to celebrate New Year’s eve Philippines . I categorize them as the best place to be based on who put up the best fireworks, the best dinner , the best party who draws in the crowd, and yes the best crowd to party the year away! For me they are the place you want to be when the year rolls over, if not at home (or where your heart is).
To sum up where I’ve been here are so far the Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Philippines
Sofitel Philippine Plaza
What I like best: Best food ever (eat-all-you-can until your tummy hurts haha), ambiance and the people are all dressed to the nines! You can choose to party inside the Spiral where there’s a balloon drop or outside the pool area Treasure Island where there’s fresh air and yes perfect view for the fireworks display at midnight! Both venues have live band performances too!
Here’s a video of the lovely fireworks display at Sofitel:
What I like best: They have the longest fireworks display ever and the fireworks stretch all across the beach/ shore line. Unlike partying at a hotel, people celebrating New Year’s eve Philippines countdown on the beach of Boracay are dressed comfortably (mostly beach wear) , everybody party and get drunk until the sun rises! After the dinner and the fireworks you can go party hopping . Most of the party scene happens at the right side of the beach area (view coming from Caticlan/Kalibo via boat). If you plan to dine and wine at the five star venues better book now. If you are unable to book I suggest you go shop at the restaurants near the Talipapa area in Boracay have your new year food cooked there and bring at your hotel or beachfront .
Here’s a nice 9 minute video of the fireworks display in Boracay:
Cross-over Buffets and Countdown to 2013 Parties at Hotels in Manila, Philippines
Dusit Thani Manila
For the Countdown to 2013 Dusit Thani Manila is celebrating “Rewind” A New Year’s Eve Crossover Dinner and Countdown Celebration on December 31, 2012. The New Year’s Eve Crossover Dinner showcasing a vast offering of sumptuous international cuisines from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the hotel’s four featured restaurants. (Berjarong, Umu, Tosca and Basix.
The Countdown Party at the Lobby begins at 10:00 p.m. with live music and an Open Bar for the guests’ maximum enjoyment. The up-and-coming band, Street Beat, jumpstarts the celebration with their winning renditions of songs from the 80’s to today’s classic Pop and R&B tunes. Guests are treated to a spectacular night of ballroom dancing and partying as Behind Closed Doors, the ultimate retro dance band in Manila, performs nostalgic hits from the 60’s and 70’s suitable for dance enthusiasts of all ages.
Tickets for Dusit Thani Manila’s New Year’s Eve Philippines Celebration are priced at PHP 4,000 net per person, inclusive of the Crossover Dinner and access to the Countdown Party and Open Bar at the Lobby. Children from 6 to 12 years of age are entitled to a 50% discount; 5 years and below are free of charge. Dusit Wine and Dine members are entitled to a special 20% discount on the New Year’s Eve Crossover Dinner and Countdown Party package. Also offered separately is the Crossover Dinner only for PHP 2,500 net per person; and access to the Countdown Party only priced at PHP 2,000 net per person. For inquiries and reservations, please call the Restaurant Reservations Desk at 238-8888 ext. 8430.
The Peninsula Manila
Send off 2012 with a twist – in Marilyn Monroe fashion. Inspired by “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, expect to see pink diamonds and sip pink Champagne! While all’s set for Christmas which is a week from now, it’s time to prepare for your New Year’s Eve celebration. If you book 10 persons at our New Year’s Eve “Pink Diamond” Gala Ball, you’ll get one complimentary additional seat.
After all the festive dinners, party all night on December 31 at Salon de Ning as you kiss 2012 goodbye. There will be an open bar from 10:00 pm until 2:00 am which includes a Moet & Chandon Piccolo before midnight. Featured bands are Main Avenue alternating with Shayne and the Brown Union. Price is PHP 2,800. For inquiries or reservations, please call 887 2888 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resorts World Manila
New Year’s Eve Countdown Parties – 9 PM What better way to end the old year and welcome the new than with 3 simultaneous celebrations happening at the Bar 360, Genting Club and The Plaza. For inquiries and reservations visit http://www.rwmanila.com
Metro Manila City Street Parties on a New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve Eastwood City Mall, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Ayala Makati, Seaside Blvd. SM Mall of Asia, party starts at 6PM onward hold their city street party featuring free concerts by mostly sponsored by the country’s top TV stations. You can bring your own food and party all night and see the fireworks display or book to dine at establishments open on New Year’s Eve but I think they are very limited venues to do so. So I suggest bring your own food or eat early until midnight countdown!
For those who don’t want to celebrate at home and save themselves from the hustle and bustle of preparing everything on your own. I hope this post helped you in planning the best New Year’s Eve celebration you can have! I posted this early as hotels and restaurants at the venues I mentioned above can be very tight and they are taken so quick! Unless you book via Hotel Quickly and use my code MRULLAN to get Php600 off! See you around!
Stay gorgeous everyone!