Grand Philippine Destinations to Spend New Year’s Eve In
Planning to hit the streets instead of staying home for media noche the traditional way? The Philippines is a country of festive islands every New Year’s Eve. Like every country in the world, this tropical paradise becomes filled with seasonal treats, sparks, revelry, and attractions during this most-awaited holiday party. If you’re unsure which destinations are hosting countdowns and which ones are closed for the holidays, here are popular spots to witness New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Popular Philippine Destinations for New Year’s Eve
No list of the best New Year’s Eve destinations in the Philippines is complete without mentioning the globally renowned island-paradise of Boracay. Agoda.com ranked Boracay as the 13th most popular New Year’s Eve destination in the world, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Hong Kong, New York, and London. In 2015, Boracay was ranked one of the world’s top 24 New Year’s Eve destinations, outranking Ibiza, Las Vegas, and Rome! The party island hosts countdown parties, incredible fireworks displays, and spectacular events as it ushers in the new decade.
In the Philippine capital, the celebration is grand and lavish. The Peninsula Manila, Grand Hyatt Manila, Resorts World Manila, Okada Manila, Bonifacio Global City, Quezon Memorial Circle, SM Mall of Asia, Solaire, Eastwood City, and many other hot spots host star-studded and marvelous events all at once. Expect a lot of special sales promotions, marching bands, fine dining, performances, and out-of-this-world pyro displays.
The Queen City of the South is also home to quite a number of fabulous hotels that offer exquisite dinners, champagne, and noisemakers. Among the internationally renowned hotels here are Waterfront Cebu, Parklane International Hotel, the Radisson Blu, Crown Regency, Marco Polo Plaza, Shangri-La Resort, and Mövenpick Hotel, and JPark Island Resort. The city’s highest peak, Mountain View Nature Park, is a favorite among photographers awaiting the fireworks all over the city at midnight.
Iloilo may not be the first place that comes to mind when people think of a New Year’s Eve destination. However, throngs of locals and tourists flock to the underrated Treñas Boulevard to party the night away and witness the vibrant fireworks display launched from a barge on the Iloilo River. Typically, tourists begin the last day of the year with a memorable tour around the city, visiting iconic landmarks like the Plaza de la Villa Rica de Arevalo, the Crown Monument of Queen Isabela II, and Plaza Libertad. Others prefer frolicking in its beach destinations before making their way to the boulevard.
Davao City is famous for banning firecrackers yearlong. In the ordinance’s 12 years of implementation, Davao City has recorded five straight injury-free years, starting on New Year’s Eve 2010. Locals instead come together dressed up in colorful costumes on the way in a parade to Freedom Park along Roxas Avenue to blow party horns (torotot in Visayan). As much as 7,500 people join in the revelry, beating the world record of 6,900 horn tooters set by Japan. The festival also features a party-horn creativity competition, torotot-inspired costume contest, torotot cosplay competition, Zumba dance contest, and hip-hop dance contest among barangays in the city, with as much as P50,000 in prizes up for grabs. Balloons with surprise gifts and rewards are also distributed to the delight of the partying crowd.
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