7 Metro Manila Cities Where You Can Spend the Holidays – Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of this series, check it out here. The previous article covered the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, and Alabang. This one details what you can enjoy in Pasay, Pasig, and Quezon City this Christmas Season.

  1. Pasay City
SM Mall of Asia Pasay Festival of Lights
Kids and kids-at-heart will be entertained by the parade of lights at SM Mall of Asia this Christmas. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/smmallofasia

This city in Metro Manila is home to a number of popular venues that hold annual Christmas bazaars and shows. One of the large malls here also has a grand lights parade that features well-known cartoon characters.

If you want to witness these events during your Christmas vacation, your best bet is to stay in a hotel nearby. Midas Hotel and Casino is a good choice — made even better with its 2 promos that you can take advantage of during the holidays. One is the Holiday Joy that lets you enjoy buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, use of the gym, mall shuttle service, and a special gift on Christmas day when you book a room from today until December 30, 2015. The other is Cheers for 2016 wherein you are entitled to a complimentary access to the hotel’s New Year Ushering plus wine toasting for 2 when you book an overnight stay on December 31. Guests booking an Executive Room further receive free access to the re-stylized Executive Club. Under this promo, you are also allowed to check out until 3 PM of January 1, so you need not rush packing your things.

Midas Hotel and Casino
Sumptuous lodgings come at great value this Christmas at Midas Hotel and Casino. Photo from http://www.midashotelandcasino.com/

For those in a rather tight budget, book a stay at Shogun Suite Hotel. Grab its Shogun Christmas Treats that gives you 5% discount on regular room rates, buffet breakfast, free plated dinner, use of the swimming pool, Wi-Fi Internet access free airport transfer, and 10% off F&B. The offer is valid until December 31, 2015.

When you want to treat your relatives, friends, or colleagues to a Yuletide dinner, come to The Mabuhay Manor and book the Christmas Party Package. You can choose from either the Veranda or Lola’s and Poolside for the venue, and opt for a plated or buffet-style dinner. Rates start at PHP 400 for 15 guests minimum (Veranda Christmas Party Package) and PHP 450 for 50 guests minimum (Lola’s and Poolside Christmas Party Package).

  1. Pasig City
Pasig City Paskotitap Float Parade
Paskotitap, Pasig City’s annual float and lights showcase, adds color and radiance to the holidays. Photo from http://pasigcity.gov.ph/

Home to the Ortigas Center Business District, the highly urbanized city of Pasig boasts yearly holiday festivities. The local government organizes the Paskotitap Float Festival and puts up an animated Christmas display at the city hall, where the show can be watched by the public for free.

The merriment extends to the accommodations in the city, with various holiday promos on offer. There’s the Super Saver Festive Treats of Goldland Millenia Suites that lets you enjoy an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, buffet breakfast for 2, 3-course set dinner, use of hotel facilities, and free shuttle service to nearby malls for just PHP 3,999 all in!

Ace Hotel and Suites
When in Pasig City, opt to stay at Ace Hotel and Suites. It has a holiday promo that includes special Christmas treats plus access to Ace Water Spa and more. Photo from http://www.acehotelsuites.com/

There’s also Ace Hotel and Suites’ Christmas Lovin’ Stay that entitles you to a Christmas buffet feast or New Year Countdown ticket, depending on the date of your stay. With this promo, you also get buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi Internet access, 4-hour water therapy, and PHP 200 discount coupon at Ace Water Spa. That’s all for the starting rate of PHP 5,200++.

  1. Quezon City

Dubbed as the “City of Stars”, the largest city in Metro Manila indeed becomes a dazzling place during Christmas. Every year, the bustling Araneta Center holds its Christmas Tree lighting, which is made more colorful by the prominent personalities that grace the occasion. Myriad events are also held in its different districts, including bazaars and food fests, bringing smiles to people young and old.

Araneta Center Giant Christmas Tree
The Araneta Center in Cubao holds the annual lighting of its Giant Christmas Tree. During the launch, prominent personalities grace the event. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/AranetaCenter/

You’ll further beam with joy when you learn about the many hotel deals that you can get this time of the year. Among these are the 3 promos of Luxent Hotel. It has the Festive Dinner Indulgence wherein you can savor the delicious food spread on the 8 buffet stations of the hotel on December 24, 25, and 31 for just PHP 1,800 net per person. You can also join in the fun at its Countdown to 2016 on New Year’s Eve where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat cookout menu, hors d’oeuvres, beers, spirits, and cocktails while participating in the raffle and viewing the fireworks display at the Sky Lounge.

Luxent is also offering the Festive Frosty Christmas Escape that’s good for a family consisting of 2 adults and 2 kids aged 12 and below planning on staying for a night or 2 . The package includes buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, use of the pool and gym, up to PHP 1,000 F&B dining credits, and a voucher worth PHP 500 that you can use on your next stay. The promo is valid until January 3, 2016.

Sequoia Hotel also has special deals for guests staying over the holidays until December 31. The Cheers to 2015 at PHP 2015 gives you great savings on the Standard Room. Meanwhile, the Holiday Special Treat entitles you to a Standard Room accommodation plus free early check-in and late check-out, and a Slimmers World gift certificate — all for only PHP 2,700 a night. And on the last 12 Days of Christmas, from December 21 to January 2, you can receive free breakfast for your stay.

B Hotel Quezon City
The modern minimalist rooms of B Hotel Quezon City can be a relaxing abode for the holidays. Photo from http://thebellevue.com/b-hotel-qc/

B Hotel Quezon City has the Holidays at the B Hotel that entitles you to a Noche Buena (December 24) or Media Noche (December 31) buffet plus complimentary breakfast, Christmas loot bag, and Wi-Fi Internet access when you book either the Superior Room or 2 Bedroom Suite. If you just want to party on New Year’s Eve, grab the New Year Countdown package that’s inclusive of dinner buffet, party poppers, noisemakers, live entertainment, and a chance to win in the raffle. Each adult pays PHP 1,500 while the child rate is PHP 1,000. Children 5 years old and below can join for free.

Great value and savings are what you can expect at Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub. Its first promo, Party Like a Rockstar and Rest Like a Queen, lets you and 3 other companions stay in a Standard Room for only PHP 1,000 per head. Inclusive in the rate are 50% off 1-hour massage service, 10% off at Millie’s Restaurant, and free Wi-Fi Internet at the lobby. A perfect deal for those here in Quezon City hopping from one Christmas celebration to another.

Microtel’s second promo, the Special Holiday Treat, covers buffet dinner for 2 on December 24 and 31. It’s time to feast on the best eves of December!

At Fernandina 88 Suites Hotel, you also get great value for money when you book the Save First and Stay Later promo. Get up to 30% off room rates when you secure your stay weeks or even a month in advance. The deal includes buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, and use of hotel facilities as well.

Fernandina 88 Suites Hotel
Coming in big groups? Staying for more than just a night? Fernandina 88 Suites Hotel has rooms that have separate living and sleeping areas. Photo from http://www.fernandina88.com.ph/promos/

The holidays at Fernandina 88 can even extend up to February with its One 4 All, All 4 One deal. When getting this group package that’s good for 4 persons, you only pay for half. That’s right, you pay for only 2 persons instead of 4. What’s more, this special rate comes with buffet breakfast for 2 and use of hotel facilities. Offer is good until February 29, 2016.

Yes, there’s a lot to enjoy in Metro Manila when you’re here for the holidays. And they can be not heavy on the pocket, too. Just make sure you take advantage of these hotel deals, especially when you’ll be in Metro Manila for Christmas.