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HEADLINING the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2019 are December Avenue, Ben and Ben, Moira, Karylle, and Bamboo. At midnight, thousands of happy emoji balloons will descend upon the crowd. The Emoji Balloon Drop will be set off by a Star Drop and will kick off the fireworks display. The celebration continues until the early hours of 2019 at the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2019 AfterParty. Guests can head over to Fuente Circle at the Eastwood Citywalk 2 and party the night away with DJs X-Factor, Marc Marasigan, David Ardiente, Khai Lim and MC Victor Pring. Eastwood City is also offering a P50 flat-rate parking fee until 2 a.m. for revelers joining the celebrations, while several dining establishments across Eastwood Mall and Eastwood Citywalk are now accepting reservations. For more information and restaurant reservations, call the Eastwood City Concierge at 709-9888 or 709-0888, 0917-8380111 or visit www.EastwoodNYE2019.com.

ENJOY A DINNER with a ringside view of the city’s fireworks at the Continental Club Lounge. The Lounge welcomes guests with a special spread from 8 to 11 p.m. At midnight, watch the fireworks paint the sky and toast with family and friends at P3,000 per person. Welcome 2019 at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge with a Royal Countdown. Raise teacups of bubbly champagne, and prepare yourself for a spread, and Real Groove Band. A cover charge of P1,500 per person includes a welcome drink upon arrival. For reservations for both The Continental Club Lounge and Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge celebrations, call 720-7720 or e-mail restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.

SIP CHAMPAGNE and revel in the eclectic beauty of colonial-era Shanghai, during the Shanghai Nights New Year’s Eve Gala Ball and Dinner at The Lobby, that will be transformed into an opulent 1920s art deco Shanghai ballroom. The party will be on Date: Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight, with the band performing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets to the party are P14,500 net (adults) and P7,000 net (children under 12). For details and reservations call 887-2888 or e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com.

DANCE the night away at the New World Makati Hotel’s Countdown to 2019 at the Ballroom, with music from the Blue Grass Band and DJ Yhana Nicole. Choose from two beverage packages, in Sparkle or Shine, starting at P2,500 per person, with midnight snacks. You may also spend an intimate night with friends while sipping on festive cocktails at The Lounge. Join New Year festivities and get a chance to win a two-night accommodation with Club access at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel and two round trip business class tickets from Philippine Airlines. Booking New Year’s Eve room packages or purchasing four New Year’s Eve Countdown passes entitles one to a raffle ticket. For more information or to make a booking, call New World Makati Hotel 811-6888 ext. 3700 or 3387.

Kick off the New Year with an elegant spread at the Corniche Buffet at P3,880 nett per person from 6 p.m. on the last day of 2018 to 1:30 a.m. of the first day of 2019. Celebrate new beginnings with a glass of champagne, party favors, and access to the New Year Countdown Party with live entertainment by Streamcast, Yellow Lane, and Zynczation. Diner get a chance to win round trip airline tickets for two to Bohol. Meanwhile, Yurakuen features a Japanese Dinner Set Menu to welcome the New Year at P7,890 nett for four persons and P10,880 for six persons. Ring in the New Year at the Lobby Lounge and savor a lunch or dinner set menu with a glass of sparkling wine at P1,680 nett per person. A Midnight Pica Pica Buffet spread, with access to the New Year’s Countdown party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., is also available for P980 nett per person. Don’t miss the midnight buffet spread at the Mezzanine Area for P980 nett per person from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and dance the night away at the countdown bash. These New Year’s Eve Countdown offers are also available for purchase at onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com. For queries and reservations, call Diamond Hotel at 528-3000 ext. 1121.

IT IS A HAWAIIAN New Year celebration at the Century Park Hotel with a pool party called “Aloha, 2019!” at the hotel’s Palm Grove from 10 p.m. onwards. The hotel has the only outdoor temperature-controlled pool in Manila to enjoy swimming the night away. Tickets are P1,200 (adults) and P700 (kids) which comes with food, drinks, a live band, and access to the pool area. Meanwhile, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Century Tsukiji, offers an eat-all-you-can option for P995 net on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 6-10 p.m. Enjoy classic Japanese favorites such as ebi tempura, salmon sashimi, tenderloin teppan, gyuniku teriyaki, matcha cake and more. Guests can opt to avail of the New Year’s Room Packages which include breakfast for two and New Year tickets for two. The New Year’s Room Packages are exclusively available on Dec. 31, 2018 only. The hotel is located at 599 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila. For details visit www.centurypark.com or e-mail information@centurypark.com.ph, or call 528-8888.

TO RING IN 2018, the resort staged a spectacle of light, music, and water complete with DJs, live acts, a fireworks display, and shows at The Fountain and the Crystal Corridor. This time, the entire property will be lit up in the brightest lights and beams shooting up straight to the skies. The Crystal Corridor will have two entertainment stages for live music from acts like Mayonnaise and the Okada Manila Entertainment Group. At the newly opened Coral Lounge, guests get to enjoy a consumable package starting at P2,000 per head for groups of 15 and dance to tunes performed live by Blast and Zcentido. At the Grand Ballroom, a 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, hosted by Nikko Ramos and Janeena Chan. Dress code is semi-formal, and tickets are available in two tiers: Gold (P8,888) and VIP (P10,888). Meanwhile, Cove Manila will be attempting to break the global record for the biggest balloon drop as the clock strikes midnight. For more information, log on to www.okadamanila.com.

THE NEW YEAR’s Eve festivities highlight live performances from City of Dreams Manila’s talents including The Garage GTV Unplugged band Ice Bucket and CenterPlay’s bands: Silk, Higher Ground, and Moranos. Enjoy live band performance while savoring a wide selection of food and drinks from the 10 food trucks and trailers: Juiced, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Pink’s Hotdog, Little Flour, Farmacy, Katsu Sora, El Chupacabra, Pizza Grigliata, Chocol8, and The Roaster. Guests can also have fun and challenge each other at the VR Zone activities. Guests at The Garage can also opt to avail of the special New Year’s Eve promo that includes a crudités platter that comes with free flowing red, white, and sparkling house wines and draft beers at P1,500 nett per person. Guests below 18 years old can enjoy a platter of mini Angus beef burger with cheddar cheese and fries together with free-flowing chilled juices, signature iced tea and sodas at P600 nett. Promo package includes a wrist band and New Year’s Eve Countdown party favors. 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 Chandon Brut and food and beverage consumables starting at P2,000 nett per person. For inquiries, call 800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

A NEW YEAR’s Eve Neon Party will welcome 2019 at The Deck from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 31. Send off 2018 with pulsating beats, drinks, and neon lights, a buffet, and sparkling wine, with the countdown fun before and after the clock strikes midnight. Tickets are P2,500. Over at the Grand Ballroom, adults can enjoy performances by Ronnie Liang, Sam Concepcion, Randy Santiago, and Sarah Geronimo, plus premium cocktails, five-star dining, music, dancing and club music in the Philippines’ largest hotel ballroom. Younger party goers can enjoy the Grand Countdown Kid’s Zone where they do crafts, watch movies, make s’mores, and revel in a kid-friendly midnight countdown. Things kick off with a 6 p.m. Mass, while the dinner and show start at 7 p.m. SVIP tickets cost P17,000. Reserve tickets at 988-9999.

WELCOME 2019 in ’80s style at the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City’s Grand Ballroom on Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. onwards. Guests can dazzle with their oversized glow-in-the-dark shirts, colorful tulle skirts, high-top sneakers or other ’80s fancy dress and channel their favorite pop icon of the decade as they groove to The Verve Band’s 80’s mega-jams. The tickets for the Totally ’80s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party are P2,800 net for adults and P1,800 net for kids. This includes a buffet dinner, traditional balloon drop, live entertainment, ’80s New Year Treats, and a chance to win raffle prizes. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 2, room packages are available which include a buffet breakfast for two persons at Café Eight, two tickets to New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, and ’80s themed turndown room amenities. Over at Café Eight, enjoy a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet for P1,900 net per person, While on Jan. 1, Café Eight will serve a New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet from noon to 3 p.m. for P1,500 net per person. For details and reservations, visit www.crimsonhotel.com/manila/ or call 863-2222.

OUTSIDE of the metro, the Lima Park Hotel in Batangas will hold a New Year’s Eve Countdown Party on Dec. 31 with live band music all night. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be a New Year’s Countdown Buffet for P1,298 (children between 3 and 4 feet in height can dine at half the price while smaller children dine for free). There will be an open bar available from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests can opt for an overnight stay package for two adults and two children which includes New Year dinner good for two, and a complimentary buffet breakfast for two. For details and reservations, call (43) 981-1555, 0917-504-2385, or 0925-504-2385 or visit www.limaparkhotel.com.