Arts & Leisure

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Posted on December 18, 2014

AVOIDING the noise and smoke of the New Year celebration? One can either lock oneself up indoors, doors and windows sealed shut and air-conditioning going at full blast; leave town for the holiday; or celebrate the occasion with good food, good wine, great entertainment, and just the right amount of joy to welcome in the new year, at one of the Metro’s hotels, many of which are holding New Year’s Eve balls and parties.

Foremost of these is The Peninsula Manila’s “Crystal” Gala Ball and Dinner at its elegant Lobby. A formal event -- the dress code is Black Tie -- it features a band which will perform from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a dinner buffet from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are P8,800 (including a Champagne cocktail) for adults and P5,200 for children under 12.

Ending too early for you? There is Salon de Ning which will celebrate Madame Ning’s New Year’s Eve Party (dress: smart casual) from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for P2,500 nett for a selected open bar.

The hotel’s other dining outlets also have special menus for the occasion. Old Manila will offer a five-course set dinner menu (dress: smart casual) from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for P8,000 (including wine pairing) and P6,000. Escolta will have a dinner buffet (dress: casual) from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., for P3,900 (adults) and P2,200 (children under 12). Spices will have a special à la carte dinner menu (dress: casual) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with P1,900 minimum consumption for adults and P950 (children under 12). For inquiries, call 887-2888 or

In the Malate area, the Diamond Hotel will welcome 2015 with a bang, Its Rock Around the Clock Countdown Party at Corniche restaurant will feature live performances from the Xarchy Band and FBC Rebirth. There is a set holiday menu for the occasion for P4,350 nett per person which includes a glass of Cava and party favors. There will be a balloon drop and a chance to win roundtrip tickets for two to Coron, Palawan.

High up at the Sky Lounge Music Bar at the 27th floor, welcome the new year with the upbeat vibe of TAC 4 Band. The countdown party starts at 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Lobby Lounge has a New Year’s Eve set menu of signature Spanish tapas that comes with a glass of Clarendelle for P1,280 nett per person. Yurakuen Japanese restaurant’s Family Feast -- which includes a glass of Plum Liquor is at P2,350 nett per person -- will be accompanied with live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Guests can watch the fireworks illuminate Manila Bay’s skyline at any of Constellation’s function venues. For inquiries, call 528-3000 ext. 1121 for restaurant reservations.

A “thrilling” party awaits New Year’s Eve revelers, as Discovery Suites celebrates the “King of Pop” in a festive midnight celebration. The evening begins with dinner at 22 Prime with a spread that includes foie gras, US Angus prime rib and a seafood bar. The fun continues at the Columbus function room in the top floor where show band Human Race will perform the greatest hits of Michael Jackson. Enjoy the countdown to the new year with a panoramic view of the Metro Manila skyline lit by fireworks.

Tickets to the New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown party are priced at P2,650 nett per person. A special room package inclusive of two tickets to the event is also offered. For inquiries and reservations, call 719-8888 or visit

Meanwhile, at the Dusit Thani Manila, all guests availing of the New Year’s Eve set menus offered in the hotel’s four restaurants will have access to the “Countdown to 2015” party at the hotel’s poolside.

Basix, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant will have a special menu for P2,450++. A group of six guests dining will get a 15% discount on the total bill. Tosca Italian Restaurant will have a wine-paired countdown set menu for P3,500++. Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant will have a special Thai dinner on New Year’s Eve priced at P5,888++ which is good for four persons.

The Richmonde Hotel Ortigas will have a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet at the Richmonde Café for P1,480 nett, inclusive of entertainment, party favors and a choice of bottomless iced tea or a glass of red or white wine. A New Year’s Eve Countdown Party will be held at the Hotel Lobby for P750 nett, 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. Children six to 12 years old get a 50% discount and children five and below get to eat for free. For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777 local 3409.

Meanwhile, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s The Gallery will hold a New Year’s Eve Countdown Party with bar chow buffet and flowing drinks, while rockin’ to the live music of the AMMO Band. Tickets to the Countdown Party are priced at P1,080 nett each. For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777 or visit


If one opts to escape the metropolis, a number of resorts are offering their own New Year’s Eve celebrations. Its your choice whether to welcome the new year with your toes in the sand or bundled up in a sweater.

Over at Boracay, Discovery Shores will have a Jazz Age themed party at its beachfront which kicks off at 7 p.m. The “Haute & High Spirits” New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, Countdown Party and Fireworks Show features cuisine from the resort’s three restaurants in one buffet spread (P5,888++ per person and P2,944++ for children six years old and below), which includes lechon de Iligan and a seafood grill station, lobster paella negra, and brick oven slow-roasted rib eye steak. To cap off the feast are a variety of decadent Retro Revival-themed desserts.

The countdown party begins at 10 p.m. with DJ Ron Poe’s dance music, followed by a fireworks spectacle by the beach. For inquiries and reservations, contact (+63 2) 720-8888, (63 36) 288-4500, e-mail or visit

Over at Coron, Palawan, Club Paradise will host “The Roaring ’20s” New Year’s Eve Dinner and Countdown Party. Buffet cocktails will be served from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (P1,000 nett), with a dinner (P2,806 nett for adults, P1,403 nett for kids). Come in a glamorous 1920s ensemble and get a chance to win a treatment from Glow Spa or a bottle of wine. The Silau Band and DJ Dodie Ocampo provide the musical entertainment. For inquiries and reservations, contact 719-6971 to 74, e-mail or visit or

For a white Christmas-like nip in the air, celebrate New Year at The Manor Garden in John Hay, Baguio. The Heart Pop Orchestra will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the first stage in an all-night dance party which includes music by the Smooth Band (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sabor Latino (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.). The celebration -- which includes dinner, a champagne toast, a balloon drop, party favors and noise makers, and a fireworks display -- costs P3,000 net per person and P1,400 net per child (five to 10 years old).

For details and reservations call (074) 424-0931 to 47/50-53; Baguio hot line: 02) 584-4892 and (02) 584-4911.

Closer to the metro, Tagaytay’s Taal Vista Hotel hosts a glitzy New Year’s Eve Bash on Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Grand Ballroom. There will be a lively performance by Onda Latina and a guest DJ. Tickets are priced at P3,500 nett and are inclusive of a buffet dinner (with one round of drinks), the Countdown Party with unlimited wine, beer and other beverages (10 p.m. to midnight), one round of sparkling wine, party favors and a fireworks show.

There are special room packages inclusive of buffet breakfast, New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown party tickets for two with rates starting at P15,025 nett.

The festivities continue with a special holiday Lunch Buffet at Café Veranda for P988++ and Dinner Buffet for P2,500++. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 (2) 917-8225, +63 (46) 413-1000 or 0917-809-1254.