Top 9 Philippine Destinations to Welcome the New Year In
It’s almost Christmas, and before you know it, we will have to greet the year 2017. Just like Christmas, Filipinos typically welcome the new year with their friends and loved ones around and have pleasant conversations about the past year over sumptuous foods and sparkling drinks. While some families prefer the quiet way of celebrating the occasion, many enjoy the loud party sounds and magnificent display of fireworks in the sky. If you happen to be one of the latter, these are the best places to welcome new year from around the country.
Best Places to Welcome New Year
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The online survey made by Agoda.com for travelers in 2014, which placed Boracay as 13th on the list of world’s best places to welcome new year, proved that you don’t have to go to New York, London, or Hongkong to experience that awesome, one-of-a-kind NYE countdown party. The little island in Panay is known not only for its fine white beach, turquoise water, and affordable fresh sea foods but also for its vibrant parties that stay alive all night, seven days a week. And of course, the long, fabulous fireworks displays by the beach.
2. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Being situated at Roxas Boulevard makes luxury hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza one of the best places to welcome new year in Manila. Whether you choose to party inside Spiral, the highest-rated buffet restaurant in the metro, where you can partake of the sumptuous food while doing the NYE countdown, or outside in the pool area, where you can have an excellent view of the fireworks, you will definitely enjoy their version of NYE countdown.
3. SM MOA
If you want to welcome the year partying with the biggest stars and celebrities, then meet the New Year at the SM Mall of Asia. Their NYE party countdowns are always fascinating with live performances from famous bands and celebrities, stunning pyrotechnic shows, and year-end special sales promotions and bargains. It’s a wonderful and memorable NYE party experience at SM MOA.
4. Diamond Hotel, Manila
Welcome the year 2017 with a bang at the Diamond Hotel. Nothing is better than starting the year with luscious food and drinks while enjoying great music from the country’s talented live bands like Red Piccasso and Zyncxation. You can also watch the beautiful fireworks from the Sky Lounge where you can have a clear view of the sky.
5. Quezon City Memorial Circle
For years now, Quezon City Memorial Circle has been among the favorite New Year’s Eve destinations in the country. Their NYE parties are known for producing breathtaking pyrotechnic displays, 3-D mapping shows, and featuring gorgeous local celebrities from their partner TV station. This year, you can trust that they will not disappoint.
6. New World Makati Hotel
Another great place to welcome 2017 is the New World Makati Hotel. Aside from its wide variety of delicious foods, expect a spectacular view of the city particularly if you are booked at the top floors of the luxury hotel, since New World Makati Hotel is located at the heart of Makati.
7. Crown Regency Hotel and Towers
If you’re in Cebu, there’s no better place to go and witness the fantastic fireworks display in the city than Crown Regency Hotel and Towers. It’s easily among the highest towers in the Cebu and located right at the heart of the city. Have an uninterrupted overlooking view of the city celebrating NYE while enjoying a heart-stopping sky ride adventure at the top of the building. You will also love their wide selection of exquisite dishes from an international buffet.
8. Resorts World Manila
Just like last year, you can expect a star-studded end-of-year celebration at the Resorts World Manila. Always named as one of the best places to welcome new year in the Philippines, the world-class hotel will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Grand Countdown this year just as lavish as their Marriot Grand Ballroom, where the party will be held. It can accommodate 4,000 guests. The celebration will begin with a mass at 6:00 p.m., followed immediately by luxurious dinner and performances by the some of the countries top celebrities like Ms. Leah Salonga and Bamboo.
Iloilo is not your usual New Year’s Eve party destination. It’s the nearby beach destination that is more popular. But when it comes to throwing a New Year’s Eve party countdown, the Ilongos won’t be left behind. As the clock hits midnight, everyone, local and foreigners alike, head to Treñas Boulevard to witness amazing fireworks displays and party. Afterward, you can visit the city’s attractive landmarks like Plaza de la Villa Rica de Arevalo, The Crown Monument of Queen Isabela II, and Plaza Libertad to make the most of your vacation.