7 Metro Manila Cities Where You Can Spend the Holidays – Part 1

Christmas is such a festive annual occasion, and there’s no other place that the holidays are celebrated in the most splendid way but in the Philippines. If you truly want to feel the spirit of the season, the cities of Metro Manila are sure to put you in a merry mood. Here are 7 places where you can say that Christmas is, indeed, in the air:

  1. Manila
Simbang Gabi
Filipino Catholics observe the Simbang Gabi, or the 9-night novena mass before Christmas Day. Photo from http://manilacathedral.ph/

The Philippine capital boasts a smorgasbord of events during the Yuletide Season like bazaars and night markets, dazzling light displays, and midnight or dawn masses in the city’s historic churches. Hotels in Manila also have seasonal offerings to guests staying in the area for the holidays. One of them is Waterfront Pavilion Hotel and Casino Manila, which is presenting its Truly Filipino Christmas Package until December 29, 2015. The deal comes with a Misa de Gallo privilege at the hotel’s Capilla San Lorenzo de Manila, and a welcome gift that consists of a choice of puto bumbong or bibingka served with hot cocoa or brewed coffee at the Patisserie. The Truly Filipino Christmas Package is also inclusive of breakfast and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

Another hotel with a value-laden holiday deal is Bayview Park Hotel Manila. Its Festivity Package comes with a buffet dinner for 2, Christmas souvenir, free shuttle service to SM Mall of Asia, and complimentary tickets to its partner theme park. The promo also includes free Wi-Fi Internet access and local calls, and use of the swimming pool and fitness center, among others. The Festivity Package is valid from December 24, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

Manila Grand Opera Hotel
Manila Grand Opera Hotel is a good accommodation choice when you want to see the city’s historical sites. Photo from http://www.manilagrandopera.com/

Manila Grand Opera Hotel, meanwhile, has 2 promos for this year’s Christmas. The first is the Super Staycation Deal that lets you enjoy 10% off room rates and 50% discount on the pool pass, plus welcome drinks, free Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, and access to the jacuzzi, swimming pool, and sauna. The second is the Blast Off 2016 Promo, wherein a stay at the beginning of the New Year entitles you to 10% discount at Circa Restaurant, 50% off the pool pass, complimentary Internet access and use of select leisure facilities, and more.

For great savings on your stay, you can grab the Berry Merry Christmas deal of Casa Bocobo Hotel. It entitles you to a 30% discount on its Loft, Deluxe, Executive, and Superior Rooms until January 9, 2016. You can also opt for Cherry Blossoms Hotel’s Staycation Sale that gives you 15% off your reservation and free Wi-Fi Internet for stays until December 31, 2015. Or get Citystate Tower Hotel’s Holiday Treat that also comes with room rate discounts plus free cocktails on the eve of December 24 and 31. Whichever deal you choose, you can guarantee a Christmas vacation that’s not only fun but budget-friendly as well.

  1. Makati City
Festival of Lights Ayala Makati
The Festival of Lights is always a must-see event every year. Photo from http://www.discoveryprimea.com

Called the Wall Street of the Philippines where the Central Business District is found, Makati is not known to hold back with regards to celebrating the holidays. Year on year, the fantastic Festival of Lights happens in the landmark Ayala Triangle Gardens. This month, the city is highlighting the crèches at Makati Park and Garden and Old Makati City Hall. That’s over and above the colorful displays in the upscale malls and towering establishments in Ayala Avenue. Every year, Makati crafts a vibrant reminder of the season — and also invites travelers to stay for a night or more at the hotels in the city.

Astoria Greenbelt actually gives you 2 reasons to do so. It offers the Christmas Festival that is valid only until December 26. The deal covers breakfast, welcome drinks, free bibingka on the first night, and SM movie tickets for 2. The hotel is also presenting the New Year’s Countdown that lets you enjoy round-trip shuttle service to Ayala’s New Year Countdown, free noisemakers and poppers, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a raffle entry for a chance to win special gift items. That’s besides the welcome drinks, breakfast, and Internet access you will receive on your stay.

Astoria Greenbelt
For the holidays, choose to stay in chic accommodations like Astoria Greenbelt. Photo from http://astoriagreenbelt.com/

Meanwhile, The Hotel at Green Sun guarantees a Christmas that’s merry and bright with its Happy Holi-Stays. Just book a 2-night stay from December 22, 2015 to January 2, 2016 and you’ll only pay for just one night. Now isn’t that a steal?

  1. Mandaluyong City
SM Megamall Art in Island
3D paintings of Christmas imagery is one of the holiday displays of SM Megamall. Photo from https://www.smsupermalls.com/

Myriad retail destinations, including one of the largest malls in the country, are found in this city. So expect endless shopping options when you’re here. And Christmas is that time of the year when great deals abound, so don’t be surprised if even the hotel you’re eyeing to stay at for the holidays has one for you.

BSA Twin Towers is one accommodation with a special offer for the year-end. Grab its Feast and Cheers (A New Year’s Eve Promo) that comes with buffet brunch for 2 persons, complimentary Christmas giveaway, access to a film showing, Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, and use of gym and pool when you book and overnight stay on December 31.

Lancaster Hotel Manila is also offering its Holiday Staycation that lets you enjoy a comfortable stay amid the busy metro for as low as PHP 2,688. Promo is until January 10, 2016.

Lancaster Hotels Manila
Value lodgings that don’t scrimp on the luxuries — this is what you’ll get when you stay at Lancaster Hotel Manila this Christmas. Photo from http://www.lancasterhotels.com.ph/

For those wanting to have a feast with family and friends, take advantage of The Legend Villas’ Christmas Party Package. It’s good for a minimum of 25 persons, with rates starting at PHP 25,875. Or you can choose to celebrate Noche Buena and Media Noche here by getting the Holiday Eve Special. For just PHP 650 per person, you can fill your tummy with all the food you can get from the wonderful buffet spread.

  1. Muntinlupa City

Down south of Metro Manila, the city of Muntinlupa also has amazing ways of celebrating the season. Aside from the bazaars that attract shopaholics and bargain finders, there are hotel deals that are sure to catch the attention of business and leisure travelers.

Check out Acacia Hotel Manila’s Mrs. Claus Room Package and St. Nick’s Room Package. Both can be booked for stays until January 10, 2016 (except on December 31, 2015), and includes free Wi-Fi Internet access, use of pool and gym, and shuttle services within Alabang. St. Nick’s Room Package additionally comes with a Christmas welcome drink, 15-minute welcome massage, and 15% discount on the hotel’s restaurants.

Acacia Hotel Manila
Stay warm and cozy in the rooms of Acacia Hotel Manila.

Looking for a different way to welcome the New Year? Book the hotel’s Hello 2016 New Year’s Eve Room Package during your stay on December 31. Greet 2016 with a bang — or more specifically, with 2 glasses of champagne while viewing the fireworks display. That’s not all, as this Acacia Hotel deal also entitles you to buffet breakfast, 24-hour Wi-Fi Internet access, and free upgrade to a Suite.

 Stand by for the second part of this feature on hotel promos and packages to book this Christmas.