By Marinel Peroy
Celebrating the mysticism of the holiday season, Conrad Manila brings a ‘Magical Christmas’ that transforms the opulent lobby of this luxurious hotel into a winter wonderland!
In a Christmas lighting ceremony held on November 14 at Conrad Hotel Manila Main Lobby located on the third floor, the event commenced with a delightful cocktail reception at the C Lounge, setting the stage for a truly memorable evening with special guests.
Mr. Fabio Berto, General Manager of Conrad Manila set the tone with his heartwarming Welcome Remarks saying, “We want to share with you the joy of the season and spend a special moment to bask in our genuine friendship [and] mutual trust.”
GM Berto also underscored the commitment of Conrad’s ‘Travel With Purpose’ which is part of its corporate social responsibility program. This is done to the communities that they serve and the mission is to feed, clothe, and give homes to children and marginalized women for 30 days.
“This Christmas is extra special [with our] dedication to serve you, our guests,” he added.
It was also an illustrious gathering graced by notable personalities including Pasay District Representative Congressman Hon. Antonino-Calixto, Mayor Hon. Imelda Calixto-Rubiano of Pasay City, and business leader Hans T. Sy, Chairman of the executive committee of SM Prime Holdings. Their presence undeniably added grandeur to an already night of allure.
Honoring Excellence with Conrad’s Wonders
The spectacular evening resonated with captivating musical performances that enthralled the audience. From Tchaikovsky’s excerpts from The Nutcracker to soul-stirring renditions of Defying Gravity, A Million Dreams, and the timeless O Holy Night, talents like Bernie Pasamba and the Music Masters, theater performer Jasmine Fitzgerald, and the Filipino all-male vocal group Qu4tro elevated the festive spirit of Christmas in the five-star luxury hotel. (PS: Stephen Schwartz’s ‘Defying Gravity’ will surely linger on my playlist, resonating with the spirit of this magical affair.)
The venue was adorned with misty blue and shimmering silver decorations that made the reception truly fabulous. Conrad treated its guests to a delightful gastronomic experience and presented a mouthwatering delectable array of seasonal specialties and savory delights ranging from hearty roasts of beef, chicken, and pork to divine desserts’ colorful take and taste stood out. Among them, the ‘Christmas strawberry macaron’ sweet treat was my personal favorite, blending such meringue perfection with a bite of the delightful crunch of candied sugar and white chocolate.
Adding to the splendid celebration, the masterful bartender crafted a holiday signature cocktail which I personally requested. The Mistletoe Magic Mule drink is definitely a must-try!
A blend of Campari’s bold notes, zesty lemon, golden honey, charming pink hues, and the frothy elegance of aquafaba created a festive libation that enchanted my taste buds, promising a spirited celebration with bittersweet flavor on every sip. Some guests also appreciated the view of Manila Bay and the bright night sky while enjoying their food & drinks.
(Photos from left, Former DOT Usec. and now Executive Director of the Philippine Hotel Owners Association, Benito C. Bengzon, Jr. Joanne Gomez, Commercial Director – Conrad Manila, Monsi A. Serrano, Founder of THEPHILBIZNEWS, and Veteran Journalist Roy Mabasa of Politiko.)
Merry, Meaningful, and Magical Christmas
Indeed, Conrad Manila’s exceptional hospitality and commitment to excellence have rightfully earned them the 5-peat recognition as the ‘’Leading Conference Hotel in the Philippines‘ at the esteemed World Travel Awards 2023. This holiday season, one of the highlights includes a culinary treat from Brasserie 3, located on the 3rd floor.
Festive Buffet | 1 November – 31 December 2023
- Weekday Lunch Buffet | PHP 2,650 nett
- Weekday Dinner Buffet | PHP 3,050 nett
- Friday and Saturday Dinner | PHP 3,450 nett
- Sunday Lunch Buffet | PHP 3,250 nett
Includes Turkey, Ham, Conchinillo, Slow Roasted Sirloin Steak, Bibingka, Selection of Wines and Cocktails
*Blackout dates December 24 – 25, December 31, 2023.
24-25 December 2023
Christmas Eve Dinner
Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner
PHP 4,500 nett
Includes Santa Claus Appearance, Conchinillo, Slow Roasted Sirloin Steak, Selection of Wines and Cocktails
NEW YEAR’S BUFFET
31 December 2023 – 1 January 2024
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet
Bay View | PHP 4,700 nett
Standard Table | PHP 4,500 nett
New Year’s Day Lunch & Dinner
PHP 4,500 nett
Includes Live performances, Photo booth, Conchinillo, Slow roasted sirloin steak, and Selection of Wines and Cocktails
FESTIVE KIDS BUFFET
16-17 December 2023
Gingerbread House decorating with kids PHP 999 nett
Includes Turkey, Ham, Conchinillo, Slow Roasted Sirloin Steak, and Bibingka
Discover more about Conrad Manila’s Festive Celebration. Amidst the dazzling decorations, create cherished memories with your loved ones, and revel in exclusive surprises meticulously crafted by Conrad, transforming each experience into a tapestry of joy and wonder.