Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where to Spend New Year's Eve in the Philippines

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The beautiful Philippine Islands may not have the remarkable fireworks display at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the colorful New Year's Day Parade of London or the amazing New Year's Eve party of New York City. The country, however, has a variety of activities to celebrate New Year's Eve as it's a public holiday. Here are some of the best places to welcome 2012 in the Philippines:

Let Boracay's sea and sand greet you during the New Year.

1. Boracay Island, Aklan Province - New Year's Eve Beach Party
Welcome the New Year on the white shores of Boracay and enjoy a different kind of celebration where you can eat, drink, get a tattoo, swim, watch fire dancers,  listen and groove to cool music from international DJs and live bands, and do many things that you otherwise can't enjoy when you celebrate in the city.

If you want more private celebration, you could join either the New Year's eve party at Discovery Shores Boracay or at  Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa.  

Makati's New Year Countdown is back!

2. Makati City, Metro Manila - New Year's Eve Countdown
The spectacular New Year's eve countdown of the city of Makati returns after a 2-year hiatus. Once again, the intersection of Ayala  Avenue and Makati Avenue will be closed to traffic as residents and guests welcome the New Year with a bang through the "Magical, Musical Makati". Live musical performances, a magic show, and an amazing pyro-musical display at the stroke of 12 midnight are just some of the activities in store for residents and guests.  If you don't want to hang out with the crowd, you can enjoy a pleasant New Year's Eve dinner at any restaurant in Greenbelt then catch the Inspire Fireworks Display or go to any of these luxury hotels in the Central Business District for their New Year's eve parties (reservation's a must): 

For reservations, contact 238-8888. 
Contact Shangri La's Restaurant Reservations and Information Center at 840-0884. 

Call 750-8888 for details.
For reservations, call 887-2888.

Take note that traffic will be rerouted in Makati as early as December 29 in preparation for the New Year's Eve countdown. Check the traffic scheme here

3. Barangay Santolan, Pasig City, Metro Manila - Pakalog Festival
If you want to witness community spirit on New Year's Eve, head to Evangelista Street in Barangay Santolan, Pasig City for the annual Pakalog Festival. Residents and guests gather for a public feast, street dancing, and fireworks display. Expect a lot of noise from firecrackers as well as lots of lechon (roasted suckling pig) which one can enjoy for free. 

The Dancing Fountain at the Central Lagoon of  Rizal Park.

4. Rizal Park, Manila - Cheers to  2012! 
The refurbishing of Rizal Park has made it one of the best places to celebrate the holidays for families and individuals who wish to break away from the tradition of welcoming the New Year at home. Bring your picnic mat and basket as the celebration will start by 7:00 p.m. There will be a  free screening of movies at the park's open auditorium. There will also be live band performances from Imago, Sandwich, as well as a spectacular fireworks display at the Central Lagoon area.

Eastwood City
5. Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City-  New Year Countdown 2012
See the grand fireworks display and the dazzling ball drop at Eastwood City's Open Park. The event starts as early as 6:00 p.m. Expect exciting performances from celebrities like Billy Crawford, Philippine All Stars, the Dawn, and Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, who will lead the countdown. 

Expect a water fireworks display and more at Bacolod's
New Year's Eve party.
6. Bacolod City, Negros Occidental -  Countdown to a Great Year: Bacolod Welcomes 2012
This is the first time that the City of Smiles, Bacolod, will welcome the New Year with a grand celebration led by the local government. The city's New Year's Eve Party will be held at the grounds of the Bacolod City Government Center and will start as early as 6 p.m. of December 31. A  program featuring the MassKara dancers, a lights show, food festival, and a grand fireworks display are just some of the things that people can look forward to as Bacolod seeks to be the country's New Year's Eve Capital.

7. Davao City,  Davao - New Year's Eve Party and Fun Run
If you don't like the noise that comes with New Year's eve celebrations, then head to Davao City which has consistently found ways to usher the beginning of another year without lighting firecrackers. To welcome 2012, a grand party will be held at Roxas Avenue with live music, games, a 5 kilometer fun run, and other exciting activities. The party will start as early as 5:30 p.m. and will last until midnight.  

Aside from these places, you can go to the Seaside Boulevard of  SM Mall of Asia  in Pasay City  for the Countdown to 2012: The GMA New Year Special. The event will start at 10 p.m. and will feature local TV personalities. Not to be outdone, Power Plant Mall will have their 31 to 1:  100% New Year Party at Rockwell, Makati  City in partnership with Smart and TV 5. 

So, where will you be celebrating New Year's eve? 

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