How to Spend Easter Sunday in the City
Why not a staycation in the city?

There are three general options many of us citydwellers stick to when celebrating Holy Week. Plan a quick trip to a neighboring country, visit churches and revisit provincial roots, or remain in an unusually quiet and traffic-free Manila. If a staycation in the city meets your Easter Sunday requirements, here’s what you can do.

Partake of bread and wine

It isn’t an exact replication of the Passover feast, but for many, Easter Sunday is a time for communion among family and friends. The communion wouldn’t be complete without provisions on the table.

For brunch, Makati Diamond is serving up its best savory dishes at an Easter Brunch Buffet offering. There, you can definitely break the fasting with a roasted rack of lamb or a classic steak. Makati Diamond Residences, Legazpi Village, Makati City, 317.0999.

A visit to the abundant buffet tables at Spiral has yet to disappoint. The unrivaled culinary selection of 21 dining ateliers will also be accompanied by a live musical performance featuring Hans Dimayuga. For more intimate gatherings, Sofitel’s Sunset Bar comes equipped with a stunning outdoor view while you dine under a canopy by the pool. All this may be done during a getaway at the Sofitel, where you may enjoy a retreat to the well-appointed rooms. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, 551.5555.

The Peninsula Manila’s long-standing Champagne brunch at Escolta is given a twist for the holiday. A seafood and raw bar will highlight poached shrimp, oysters with traditional condiments, crabs and slipper lobsters complemented by smoked salmon, terrines, and cured meat. There will also be a carving station highlighting a slow-roasted prime rib and herb-crusted red snapper. All this, plus the staple free-flowing Moët & Chandon Champagne, of course. The Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues 1226 Makati City, 887.2888

Especially for the holiday, Dusit prepares a spread across its specialty restaurants in a crossover brunch—the Pantry, UMU and Benjarong Thai restaurant will come together. Guests who avail of Dusit’s special room rates that weekend may also enjoy a discount on both the brunch and automatic access to the children’s event at the Mayuree Ballroom. Dusit Thani, 1223 EDSA, Makati, 238.8888.


Join the metro-wide hunt for Easter eggs

For kids and kids at heart, the highly-anticipated hunt for Easter eggs is always something to look forward to.

Aside from its annual Easter egg hunt, the Peninsula Manila holds an Easter Carnival with fair games, sweet Easter-themed treats, craft-making, and activities such as face painting and cookie and cupcake decorating.


The Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues 1226 Makati City, 887.2888

Availing of the special two-night Holy Week Retreat at Nobu allows guests two DreamPlay passes for children, apart from the access to hotel’s amenities and breakfast at the Nobu restaurant. DreamPlay’s Easter celebration consists of an enticing brunch at Chez Gingy, all-day park access to the DreamWorks-inspired play space, movie passes, and special Easter goodies. Dreamers may also join in on the Egg-stravagant Egg hunt with Kung Fu Panda’s Po. Meanwhile, parents may enjoy their meal at Nobu, which will be highlighting roasted U.S. prime rib eye, Kobe beef fried rice, chicken foie gras gyoza, whole fish new style, and Nobu style roasted chicken. Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Ave., Entertainment City, Roxas Blvd, Paranaque, 800.8080.

The hunt for eggs is not limited to playfully decorated ones--Ayala Museum has scattered golden eggs for children to gather. Along the way, they will encounter riddles, challenges, and games for a chance to win prizes in a timeless treasure hunt. Ayala Museum, Ayala Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati, 759.8288.

Family time at the Manila Hotel not only includes accommodations and great food but storytelling at the Grand Lobby and an Easter egg hunt by the pool for the young ones. One Rizal Park, Manila, 527.5348.

Delight in chocolate bunnies and eggs.

They might seem too cute to eat but not quite. There’s never a shortage of chocolate bunnies and eggs on Easter and who says they were just for the kids? Collect them at Manila Peninsula’s Dessert and Chocolate Buffet or right after Marco Polo Ortigas’ festive Sunday spread. Likewise, adorable Easter treats may be brought home or given as gifts from Café Society, where a selection of the usual chocolates and pastries, as well as Easter egg bread and Easter ensaymadas with salted egg await.

Chocolate eggs and bunnies from The Peninsula Manila

A variety of Easter sweets from City of Dreams Manila

A Guide to Easter Sunday Best

Synonymous with springtime, Easter dressing always calls for bright and joyful colors. Pastels and blooms are acceptable, and if you’re planning on attending a Sunday service, make sure you come in your Sunday best. Scroll through our suggestions:

Rajo Laurel House of Laurel top, trousers, and wrap

Rajo Laurel  Rajo! dress

Max & Co. In Bloom

Tim Tam Ong Sabrina earrings with quartz and white topaz

Jimmy Choo Myla sandals

Coach Tea Rose Applique Rogue bag

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