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7 Epic Manila Countdowns to Usher in the New Year
All the different ways to welcome 2017 in our favorite spots in the city.
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CANDYLAND COUNTDOWN
Chaos, City of Dreams Manila
December 31, 2016

Have a glittery, supercharged start to 2017 with a stellar lineup of electronic music culminating with Hungarian DJ duo Stadiumx igniting the party. Revelers will be treated to a live performance of their hit track, “Howl at the Moon,” as well as some of their original hits like “Ghost,” “Wonderland,” and “Glare.” Party-goers are encouraged to be in their best candy-inspired outfits, so expect to see an array of candy colors at this countdown.

Asean Avenue, corner Roxas Boulevard, Paranaque, 800.8080.

VASK NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Vask Tapas Room
6:30 p.m., December 31, 2016


Bid farewell to the past year with beats inspired by Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack that will serenade you until the dawn of 2017. VASK offers a sumptuous set meal paired with a crisp glass of Cava Rose and later welcomes you to the roof deck, an ideal venue to witness the nearby firework display that will start your year with a literal bang.

Clipp Center, 11th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, 217.6563.

OSCARS NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
The Lobby, Peninsula Manila
9 p.m., December 31, 2016


Booking a two-night stay at the Peninsula Manila entitles you to dinner for two at the Lobby’s Oscars Night Gala Ball on the last day of the year. This ultimate staycation, characterized by that signature Peninsula hospitality, promises to surprise you with a New Year’s Eve-themed welcome amenity as soon as you enter your room. At night, the revelry begins, as you usher in the new year with all out Hollywood glamour at its Oscars themed ball. The grand lobby is transformed into a venue worthy of the red carpet and its honored recipients.

Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila, 887.2888.

LUNG HIN NEW YEAR MENU
Lung Hin, Marco Polo Ortigas
December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017

The best time to indulge and ignore your diet would always have to be during the holidays. Experience a gastronomic journey to the Orient with a festive Asian-style menu of superb Cantonese specialties at Marco Polo Ortigas’ Lung Hin. Feast on dishes like crystal prawn, sweet and sour pork, and sweet corn grouper fillet, while watching the beautiful fireworks in the Manila skyline on the eve of New Year, with the special oriental midnight repast.

Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, 720.7777.

SHANGRI-LA AT THE FORT NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN PARTY
High Street Lounge (9PM-12:30AM), Samba (10PM-2AM), Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar (10PM-2AM)
December 31

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Shangri-La at the Fort urges you to choose your own adventure at its three top dining destinations. Samba will be hosting a poolside party, complete with a Peruvian food station and a perfect view of the sky and the fireworks display. Meanwhile, canapes, Champagne, and other stunning spirits will make an appearance at Raging Bull’s New Year table, and the High Street Café will offer its reliable spread of dishes served with an impeccable selection of wine.

30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, 820.0888.

NEW YEAR’S BALL
The Belle & Dragon
11 p.m., 100 Carlos Palanca Street, 1780 Makati


It is not a ball per se, but the celebration at The Belle & Dragon will definitely be a grand time. Catch the open bar from 12 midnight to 1 a.m., which they say is just enough time to move on from the events of the past year and make slurred resolutions, as DJ Abdel Azis, JAV/, and Yung Bawal dominate the decks.

OPL Bldg, 100 A.Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati, 625.8828.

BANK BAR NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN
Bank Bar Manila
9 p.m. – 5 a.m., December 31


Ring in the new year at this secluded drinking den, while nursing one of their sugary concoctions. Request for The Wonka, a highball of Skittles-infused vodka with gummy bears shrub and watermelon cream or perhaps a whole cart of bubbly to fuel you until the clock strikes 12.

G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, 801.4862.

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