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HolyWeek/EasterNews (04/12/22)

Chapel holds novena masses starting Easter Sunday

OUR Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Barrio San Miguel, Manila — the home of Nuestra Señora del Rosario — will commemorate Our Lady of the Rosary’s feast day on April 16 with a series of Novena prayers. Being a Black Saturday, however, the Novena will have to be prayed in private. But Novena Masses will be held the next day, April 17, Easter Sunday, at 9 a.m. On succeeding days from April 18 to 23, the Novena Masses start at 5:30 p.m. until the following Sunday, April 24, at 10 a.m. The capillita is open to whoever wishes to join the Novena Masses. To reach the white chapel, traveling north on Ayala Bridge, turn left at its foot on Carlos Palanca Street (formerly Echague). The white capillita is 200 meters away on the right-hand side at 505 Carlos Palanca St. in Manila.

Some Robinsons Malls open this Holy Week

FIVE Robinsons Malls will remain open during Holy Week (April 14, Maundy Thursday and April 15, Good Friday). These are: Robinsons Tagaytay which will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Robinsons Luisita, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Robinsons Place Antipolo, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Robinsons Place La Union, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 14 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15; and Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 14, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 15. Some Robinsons Malls will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, but will be closed on Good Friday. These are: Robinsons Galleria South, Robinsons Place Ilocos, Robinsons Place Lipa, Robinsons Place Naga, Robinsons Place Palawan, Robinsons Place Pangasinan, Robinsons Place Santiago, Robinsons Place Tuguegarao, Robinsons Angeles, Robinsons Place Dasma, Robinsons Place Gen Trias, and Robinsons Place Malolos. The following malls will be closed on both days: Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Place Manila, Forum Robinsons, Robinsons Place Las Pinas, Robinsons Novaliches, Robinsons Otis, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, Robinsons Cainta, Robinsons Place Imus, Robinsons Town Mall Los Banos, Robinsons Town Mall Malabon and Robinsons Metro East. They will reopen on April 16 (Black Saturday).-

Alabang Town Center holds Easter Academy

FOR the month of April, the Alabang Town Center will hold The Easter Academy, a month-long calendar of fun, educational, and physical activities for children. The Easter Academy kicks off on April 16 and 17 with The Easter Cup, a challenging obstacle course that teams (groups of five) can compete on. There will be two divisions: Peewee for ages four to seven, and Junior for ages eight to 12.  On April 17 there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. Search for the Golden Egg for a chance to win a gift certificate from TimeZone worth P1,000. There will be five hunting schedules and three divisions: Toddlers, Peewee, and Junior. Individual activities are available, too. On April 23, the Alabang Town Center will celebrate World Book Day with an entire afternoon of activities for kids and the kids-at-heart. Donate a book to join the storytelling and art workshops by Southville International School, plus a chance to meet TAYO, the friendly bus. For more details and the mechanics for joining the activities, visit  https://facebook.com/AlabangTownCenter/photos/pcb.10159784283665813/10159784280830813

Summit Hotels offer Easter treats

ROBINSONS Hotels and Resorts’ Summit Hotels chain is offering a number of deals for this holiday. In Tagaytay, the Summit Ridge Hotel has special room packages for as low as P5,000++ which come with two tickets to Easter activities such as a magic show, egg hunting, and loot bags for kids while a Special Easter Lunch Buffet will be offered at Café Summit. Over at Summit Greenhills, families will be able to avail of an Easter Holiday package at P3,288 net for its deluxe rooms inclusive of breakfast for two plus two tickets to Easter Wonderland where kids aged six to 12 will be able to enjoy egg hunting, egg painting, and bunny hat making. Themed lunch and snack buffets await tourists and locals at Summit Hotel Naga, Summit Galleria Cebu, and Grand Summit Hotel General Santos. Summit Hotel Naga offers a deal of P888 net per person and P388 net for children with activities such as egg hunting and an egg painting contest, plus sweet treats and giveaways for kids. At Summit Galleria Cebu, deals at P850 net per person and P388 net for children are up for grabs. Kids get to bring home free donuts, plus a chance to join in egg hunting, face painting, and Egg Wizard activities. At Grand Summit Hotel General Santos, the Easter Lunch Buffet rate is P880 net per person and P440 net for children. For more deals and information visit www.summithotels.ph

Lenten, Easter Activities at Sheraton Manila Bay

IT’S going to be a restful Holy Week capped by an activity-laden Easter Sunday at Sheraton Manila Bay. Avail of the Easter Room Package for a staycation at a Deluxe Room for two adults and two kids below 12 years old, inclusive of breakfast buffet, lunch or dinner at Pacific Lounge, P500 worth of food and beverage credit at the Pool Bar, special turndown amenity, and late check out up to 2 p.m. Stay period from April 9 to 17, On Easter Sunday, April 17, the Pacific Lounge will hold a Spacestastic Easter Party which includes an Easter brunch buffet for P1,200++ per adult and P600++ per child aged six to 11 years, arts and crafts activities, parlor games, loot bags, and access to the Easter egg hunt where kids can get a chance to win prizes and giveaways from sponsors.  Meanwhile, for those who wish to celebrate at home, there is the Easter Surprise Basket for P750. To order, visit the Sheraton Kiosk located at Robinsons Place Manila, Padre Faura Wing, Mall Entrance or call the Culinary Courier for delivery at 0917-583-7294, 0917-583-7326 or e-mail sh.mnlsb.fnb@sheraton.com. The Pacific Lounge is at the 21st floor, Sheraton Manila Bay, M. Adriatico cor. Gen Malvar Sts. Malate, Manila. For reservations call +632 5318-0788 or e-mail reservations.manilabay@sheraton.com.

Galleria hotels offer Easter packages

THE HOTELS at the Robinsons Galleria area are offering Easter Festival in Galleria packages. Offers start at P5,500 net for an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room at Crowne Plaza or P4,500 net at Holiday Inn with tickets to the Easter Festival. Enjoy the Easter Festival’s different activities: arts and crafts, singing, dancing and Easter egg hunting. Complete the Easter Festival with a special lunch buffet for four persons at Seven Corners Restaurant. For inquiries and reservations contact: Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria at 8790-3100 or e-mail cpgm.reservations@ihg.com, and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria at 8790-9400 or e-mail higm.reservations@ihg.com

Century Park Hotel’s Easter party returns

CENTURY Park Hotel will hold a live Easter Sunday celebration on April 17, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Grand Ballroom. A yearly tradition (which was on old for the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic), children and parents alike can look forward to Easter Sunday’s games, raffle, egg hunting and other activities. This year’s Easter Carnival 2022 is open to children under 12. There will be giant inflatables, face painting, a photo booth, raffle and games, a magic show, and an egg hunt. The event includes a set meal plus an array of food cart treats (popcorn, ice cream, French fries, and hotdog on a stick) that can be availed for a nominal fee. Kids get to take home a special loot bag courtesy of Century Park Hotel’s Easter partners. Tickets are available for P1,500 net which includes a loot bag and set meals for one adult and one kid.  Extra tickets can be purchased for P1,000 for one person (kid or adult) which comes with a set meal and a loot bag. To purchase tickets, call or send a message via SMS at 0917-633-2545 or e-mail sales9@centurypark.com.ph. The hotel also has an Easter Staycation Package available from April 11-18. The Easter Carnival Room Bundle comes with a complimentary Easter Carnival 2022 ticket good for one adult and one kid. The packages (Deluxe Room, P5,500 net/night; Park Tower Suite, P6,500 net/night; Premier Suite, P7,500 net/night) each come with breakfast for two, access to the pools and jacuzzi plus a 50% discount on the Churrasco-style Buffet at Café in the Park upon presentation of the Easter ticket (one ticket/person and one-time use only). There is also the Easter Week Getaway packages (P5,000 net/night for a Deluxe Room, P6,000 net/night for Park Tower and P7,000 net/night for a Premiere Suite) which come with set breakfast for two, and use of the pools and jacuzzi. For reservations, contact 0956-523-2880 or e-mail reservations@centurypark.com.ph.

Easter packages, parties at Richmonde Hotels

THIS Holy Week, the Richmonde Hotels have a number of Easter offers. Richmonde Hotel Ortigas has the Easter Break Escape promo until April 17. The room rate can be as low as P3,000 net per night for a two-night stay inclusive of daily breakfast at the Richmonde Café for two adults and two children aged five years old and below, and use of the Health Club’s gym and heated indoor pool. In addition, all in-house guests on April 14, 15, and 16 will enjoy complimentary Afternoon Snacks at the café from 2 to 4 p.m., and Ice Crushers at the poolside at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 5 p.m. For guests who wish to stay for just one night, rates start at P3,200 net with breakfast buffet for two, and P2,600 net without breakfast. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel has special room packages for as low as P4,500 net for two adults and two children 5 years old and below, including a breakfast buffet at Eastwood Café+Bar. Those checked in on April 14, 15, and 16 can enjoy a free afternoon snack buffet. Walk in guests can enjoy the merienda for P500 net per person. At rates starting at P5,900 net, the Easter Celebration Package on April 16 or 17 includes room accommodations, breakfast buffet for two, late check-out at 5 p.m., and two tickets to the hotel’s Easter Fun Fair Party on April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children two to six years old and seven to 12 years old, live music and dance entertainment, a magic show, various game booths, a kiddie lunch buffet, food carts, a photo booth, glitter tattoos, loot bags, and raffle prizes. All attendees are encouraged to wear their most creative Easter Hat or Fun Fair costume for a chance to win gift certificates for hotel accommodation. The Best in Costume awards will be given to one child and one adult. Tickets are priced at P950 net per head (adult or child). Children under the age of two can participate for free if accompanied by a paying adult. Richmonde Hotel Iloilo has its Easter Eggsclusives promo packages available until April 17, with discounted rates as low as P3,780 net (Sunday to Thursday) and P4,050 net (Friday and Saturday), when staying for two nights or more. All rates come with a breakfast buffet for two adults and two children ages five and under at The Granary, and use of the Fitness Center’s gym and outdoor pool. To reserve or inquire, call Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at (632) 8638-7777 or 0917-859 7914 or e-mail stay@richmondeortigas.com; Eastwood Richmonde Hotel at (632) 8570-7777 or 0917-521 6867 or e-mail stay@eastwoodrichmonde.com; or Richmonde Hotel Iloilo at (6333) 328-7888 or 0917-563-3558 or e-mail stay@richmondeiloilo.com.

Farm-tastic Easter Weekend at Crimson Hotel

CRIMSON Hotel Filinvest City Manila offers itself as a Easter weekend destination with its “egg-citing” activities, staycation packages, and dining offers. The hotel’s Easter Staycation packages from April 16-17 have rates starting at P7,700 net for a Deluxe Room which includes access to the hotel’s exclusive amenities, breakfast buffet at Café Eight, two tickets to the Farm Easterville event, and complimentary late check-out. Farm Easterville, a farm-themed Easter Sunday event, will be held at the Crimson Grand Ballroom. In addition to an egg-hunt and afternoon snacks, participants can join the live entertainment, interactive games, and an egg-decorating contest. Each participant can take home Easter chocolate and other giveaways too. The rate per person is P1,100 net. Café Eight is hosting a lavish buffet brunch with international and local dishes on April 17 for P1,900 net per person. Meanwhile, Baker J’s has an Easter Gourmet Box filled with uniquely-shaped chocolates from gigantic eggs to farm animals and Easter bunnies, a roll of beef and lamb sausage, a loaf of artisan bread, and a bottle of wine. Available from April 11-17 for P2,500 per box. Baker J also has an array of chocolate candies that come in different shapes such as eggs, chicken, bunnies, and mini fish. To get tickets to the Farm Easterville event, visit https://bit.ly/farmeastervilletickets. For more information or room reservation, visit www.crimsonhotel.com/manila.

Easter treats, activities at City of Dreams Manila

CITY of Dreams Manila highlights activities at DreamPlay, and a collection of artisanal chocolates and confections at Café Society for Easter. There is DreamPlay’s Ultimate Easter Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday, where a VIP Pass (P2,399 net per person) gives pass holders all-day access to all the play space’s attractions, a make-your-own Easter egg activity, Easter egg cookie baking, an egg hunt at 3 p.m. with special freebies and chocolates to be awarded to winners, and an Easter parade at 5 p.m. The participants walk through City of Dreams Manila’s The Shops at The Boulevard retail strip as they fill their loot bags with Easter goodies from restaurants along the strip and from participating retail shops such as Boss and Furla. VIP Pass ticket holders are also entitled to the following freebies: an Easter tote bag, one scoop of bubble gum ice cream at Chez Gingy, and special DreamShop items from DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon movie. DreamPlay’s regular tickets with access to all the play space’s attractions are also available on the day at P1,500, while non-participating tickets can be purchased for P250. Guests can hop over to Café Society which is brimming with chocolate indulgences until April 17: Easter bunny and duck chocolates, colorful eggs with eight egg pralines, small bunny chocolates in white, dark, milk or ruby variants, Easter chocolate chicks, chocolate eggs in a meringue nest, Easter cookies and cream tiles, Easter cherry gianduja bars, among others. Other Easter-themed confections include bunny face cookies, egg chocolate sugar cookies, bunny green tea and white chocolate mousse cake,  among others. For inquiries, call 8800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

The Pen holds Easter Egg hunt again

AFTER sheltering at home these past two years, The Peninsula Manila is inviting guests back to celebrate Easter Sunday on April 17 with a variety of activities and experiences for the whole family that include splashing in the pool or enjoying classic holiday traditions such as Easter Egg Hunts and special meals together as a family. There is the Easter Egg Hunt at The Conservatory where children enjoy activities while filling their Easter baskets with eggs at The Peninsula Candyland Adventure and Egg Hunt. This year, they can choose one of two sessions for the hunt, with a morning session taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, and another in the afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. The Peninsula Candyland Adventure and Egg Hunt activities include: Felt Eggs decorating; Craft Lollipop decorating; Papier-mâché Bunny, Bear, and Chick painting; the Candy Jenga Corner; the Ice Cream Stacking Corner; a Playground; and the Easter Egg Hunt. Only guests availing the Easter room package or Escolta restaurant’s Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet will enjoy complimentary access to the Peninsula Candyland Adventure and Egg Hunt. Only one accompanying adult per one child 10 years old and below. Throughout the Easter holiday weekend, from April 14 to 16, young guests can try Easter painting kits, playtime in bubble baths and in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, breakfast buffets in Escolta, and a fun Easter experience in the Peninsula Candyland Adventure and Egg Hunt on April 17, Easter Sunday, when their parents book the It’s Hip to Hop to The Peninsula this Easter room package. Rates start at P10,000 for a Deluxe Room (exclusive of taxes) and include a breakfast buffet in Escolta for two adults and two children, one Easter painting welcome amenity kit, and one passport to the Peninsula Candyland Adventure and Egg Hunt. Stay dates are April 14, 15, and 16. There is also an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet in Escolta on April 17, noon to 3 p.m. (P4,300 for adults, and P1,700 for children under 12). The buffet features a spread that includes soups and mixed salads, fresh seafood, a variety of cheeses, pasta creations, a carving station, breakfast specialties, and a dessert buffet. Children under six years old get one passport to the Peninsula Candyland Adventure and Egg Hunt (only one complimentary passport per one adult and one child 10 years old and below availing of Escolta restaurant’s Easter Sunday Brunch). Meanwhile, seafood lovers can gather in Escolta and choose from a varied menu featuring the ocean’s bounty on April 15 and 16, 6:30-10 p.m. (P3,500 for adults; P1,400 for children under 12). This Easter weekend, the hotel will offer afternoon tea at The Upper Lobby. Tuck into macarons and chocolate cake and French pastries, in addition to the usual suspects of smoked Scottish salmon sandwiches and hot scones. There will also be a live station featuring fresh crepes and Filipino merienda specialties such as bibingka and puto bumbong. Afternoon tea will be offered on April 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (P3,000 with one flute of Champagne, P2,400 without). Finally, visit The Peninsula Boutique at the basement arcade where Easter-themed treats will be available from April 5 to 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For inquiries or reservations on The Peninsula Manila’s Easter room packages and culinary experience, call 8887-2888 (ext. 6630 for Rooms Reservations or 6694 for Restaurant Reservations), or e-mail reservationpmn@peninsula.com or diningpmn@peninsula.com.

EDSA Shangri-la celebrates easter

JOY, music, and laughter are part of the Easter celebration at Edsa Shangri-La’s La Casita Madrigal. With an interactive mini-musical by Clowning Around plus activities for the family the celebration will be on April 17, 2-5 p.m., at the Isala Grand Ballroom. Registration starts at 1 p.m. with rate set at P2,500 net per person. The price is inclusive of access to all entertainment and activities, snacks, and drinks. For tickets, visit bit.ly/ESLLaCasita or e-mail events.esl@shangri-la.com. In addition, HEAT will offer an “egg-stra” special Easter Lunch buffet that feature international and Asian cuisine. Specialties include its signature 36-hour roasted Angus beef leg, Japanese and Chinese favorites, Indian fare, Mediterranean dishes, and heirloom Filipino recipes. The Easter lunch buffet is P2,950 net, and is available on April 17 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Meanwhile, an Easter Afternoon Tea set is available daily at P1,450 net from 2 to 6 p.m. for the whole month of April. The Bakeshop also offers Easter treats, like its Easter Cake (P1,450 net) and Easter Hamper (P2,800 net) which are available until April 30. Japanese restaurant Senju will have a buffet on April 17 for P2,800 net. For home celebrations, there are the Easter Take-Me-Home sets for P5,500 net (good for five persons). Order a home feast from April 11-17. For takeaway and delivery orders, a 24-hour notice is needed. For inquiries and reservations, call 8633-8888, or e-mail manilaedsa@shangri-la.com. For takeaway and delivery, visit https://bit.ly/eslshangshop.

Celebrating Easter at RWM

EASTER is being celebrated at Resorts World Manila (RWM) through hotel offers and dining deals. International hotel brands, Marriott Hotel Manila and Sheraton Manila Hotel, offer Easter Room Packages that include an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with breakfast for two plus additional dining credits. Book the special offer until April 17. At the Holiday Inn Express Manila-Newport City, an overnight stay in a Superior Room with breakfast for two comes with a free Easter Carrot Cake for rates starting at P5,246 net until April 13. Kids can enjoy Marriott Cafe’s Easter Holiday Buffet with Egg Hunt and Dessert Table for P3,188 net on April 16-17. Hilton Manila’s Madison Lounge & Bar’s offers Easter egg kits, carrot cake, and hot cross buns in a special Easter bundle that also includes lamb chops and an 11-Spiced Spring Chicken. Order a set for the family from April 14-17. Feast with the family at Casa Buenas with the Seafood Fiesta for P1,999 net that features octopus and coconut kilawin, gambas al ajilo, wood oven roasted salmon with adlai and mixed vegetables, and garlic baked oyster. The Seafood Fiesta menu is and Easter Hamper (P2,800 net) which are available until April 30. Japanese restaurant Senju will have a buffet on April 17 for P2,800 net. For home celebrations, there are the Easter Take-Me-Home sets for P5,500 net (good for five persons). Order a home feast from April 11-17. For takeaway and delivery orders, a 24-hour notice is needed. For inquiries and reservations, call 8633-8888, or e-mail manilaedsa@shangri-la.com. For takeaway and delivery, visit https://bit.ly/eslshangshop.