The BEST New Year’s Eve Parties in Manila to Welcome 2012!

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Fireworks at Eastwood

The Eastwood Mall Quezon City Countdown is picking up steam as one of the most anticipated countdowns on New Year’s eve. It is Manila’s answer to New York’s Times Square Countdown — with the best bands, the coolest fireworks and, this year, the Star Drop at 12mn.

The countdown will be led by Mr. Pure Energy himself, Gary Valenciano, with his sons Paolo and Gab Valenciano, and the Adlibb dancers. Witness the stellar performances of local artists like Billy Crawford, The Dawn, Amber Davis, Urbanation, and Philippine All Stars.

The program is for free at the Eastwood Mall Open Park, 6pm onwards.

Sendong Charity Efforts:
Eastwood Mall has a drop box at the concierge for donations. The Eastwood Foundation and the Holy Family Chapel are donating 1 Million Pesos to the Sendong Rehabilitation efforts.



Manila Peninsula Christmas Tree

The Manila Peninsula’s New Year’s Eve Ball is legendary. For 17 years now, it has been the most-awaited and the hottest party in the metro. The Manila Pen also has the most festive and most glamorous lobby versus all the other hotel lobbies in Manila.

This year, it will take its New Year’s Eve party to the next level with the “Sparkle” Ball, with music to be provided by a 19-piece “big” band. At 12 midnight, the entire lobby will be filled with balloons, confetti and champagne toasts to greet the New Year.

The dinner buffet by Executive Chef Patrick Boucher starts at 9pm until 12mn. The party continues in Salon de Ning with Hyperbeat and Main Avenue.

The Lobby New Year’s Eve “SPARKLE” Ball
P 6,200++ (adults)
P 6,700++ (including a glass of champagne)
P 3,700++ (children under 12)
Dinner Buffet: 9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight
Entertainment: 9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Salon de Ning After Party
Time: 7:00 pm – 2:00 am
P1,500++ (minimum consumption)

The Manila Peninsula
Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City 1226
Telephone: +632 887-2888, extension 7401 (Festive Desk) and 6694 (Restaurant Reservations),

Sendong Charity Efforts:
The Manila Pen Team is volunteering part of its December salary. The hotel is donating bed sheets, slippers, clothes, toiletries and dried food stuff. It also created a Lunch Hour Drive @ Sunburst (Staff) Cafe to talk about what happened in CDO and Iligan.



MOA Countdown

The Mall of Asia Countdown is known for having the best fireworks display every New Year’s Eve. The Manila Bay’s darkness and free-flowing wind set an ideal backdrop for the grandest fireworks in Manila.

You can reserve for your media noche from any of the Mall of Asia Veranda and SM by the Bay restaurants. The Ground Activities begin at 7pm, with the Main Show on GMA 7 starting at 11pm 10pm. The amusement park will be open throughout the night.

The New Year’s Eve fireworks start with a two-minute display at 11pm 10pm and a 15-minute fireworks display at 12 midnight. This is open to the public.

Sendong Charity Efforts:
SM Supermalls, in cooperation with DSWD, SM Cares and SM Foundation, is launching Operation Tulong Express for typhoon victims of Cagayan de Oro. Donation booths have been set up in all malls where guests can donate in cash or in kind.



AMP band

Dusit Thani Manila pioneered the Crossover Dinner Buffet to welcome the New Year.

The Crossover Dinner will be from 6pm to 10pm, featuring Thai dishes at Benjarong Royal Thai restaurant, Italian cuisine at Tosca, Japanese specialties at Umu, and international cuisines at Basix All-Day Dining Restaurant.


The New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, which starts at 10pm at the hotel lobby, will be led by the Philippines’ widely-acclaimed ensemble that pioneered the so-called local ‘Pinoy Jazz’ — the AMP Band.


New Year’s Eve Countdown Party 
P 4,000 net inclusive of Crossover Dinner and Open Bar from 10pm to 1:30am.
For inquiries and reservations, please call +632 238-8888.
Dusit Thani Manila
Ayala Centre, Makati City
Telephone: +632 238-8888
Sendong Charity Efforts:
Dusit Thani Manila created a donation drive for the benefit of Sendong Typhoon victims. Cash donations, clothes, goods, and blankets were collected.


Manila hotel

Manila Hotel is doing a great job of reliving its prestigous past. In the past year, foodies have been raving about its hotel restaurants and amenities.

This New Year 2012, the hotel celebrates with a Crossover Buffet featuring Cafe Ilang-Ilang, Champagne Room, Mabuhay Palace, Taproom and Lobby Lounge with live entertainment from Filipinas Band. This is a highly recommended food trip to jumpstart your 2012. 🙂

The dinner is from 6pm to 9pm, and the party kicks off at 9pm. The Crossover Buffet costs P3,000++ inclusive of sparkling wine for the midnight toast.

Manila Hotel
One Rizal Park, 0913,Manila, Philippines
Telephone: +632 527-0011

Sendong Charity Efforts:
Manila Hotel is partnering with the Department of Defense, specifically the Philippine Navy, in helping the victims affected by the typhoon.



MNYC 14.5x20.5 Poster

Makati City’s Countdown Street Party in Ayala corner Makati Avenue is back!

The street party starts 5:30pm onwards with magicians, street performers and live band entertainment from Antimano, Bloom Brothers, Silk, The Company and The Dawn. The countdown is culminated by a grand fireworks display and will be covered by TV5.

This is brought to you by the City Government of Makati.



Resorts World has a New Year’s Countdown event (but with no fireworks since it is near NAIA 3 Airport). It is known to have the best after party in Republiq by Tim Yap.

On December 31, a simultaneous New Year’s Countdown and New Year’s Ball will happen in Bar 360 and The Plaza in Newport Mall. Ushering in good luck for the New Year are the performances of Ariba, Spirit of ’67, Savorlatino, and Draybers among others with the merrymaking starting at 10pm of December 31 up to the early morning of January 1, 2012.


new year

Rockwell is reviving and reinventing the New Year’s Eve Party scene in Makati this year. The party starts off with Media Noche dinner by the Lopez Strip Restaurants ( Barcino, Kuretake, Via Mare, etc.) with entertainment performances. There will be fireworks at 10.30pm and at 12 midnight for the New Year’s Eve Countdown.

The After Party (P550/person with unlimited drinks) starts at 1am to sunrise. Party with the best DJs in town: Cao Ocampo, Yoshi Uy, Amber Davis, David Ardiente, and DJ Buzz at the Rockwell Tent. This is the New Year’s Eve After Party you should not miss 🙂

For inquiries, call +63 906 336-0797 or +63 917 533-1464.

Other New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Manila:

  • Shangri-La Makati greets the New Year with Sitti performing at a gala dinner in the lobby lounge and a samba-themed party at Conway’s. Shangri-La Boracay will have a masquerade ball in the ballroom and a countdown party on the beach with live entertainment and fireworks.
  • Sofitel Hotel welcomes the New Year with a countdown event in the Harbor Tent with an International Buffet, live entertainment by Rowena Barcelona and Brown Inc., and a grand fireworks display. (Spiral is still under renovation.) 
  • Mandarin Oriental celebrates New Year’s Eve with a special New Year’s Eve feast in Tivoli, Paseo Uno, and Tin Hau with a countdown party in Martinis.
  •  Año Nuevo Fabuloso @ Chihuahua is a New Year’s Eve Salsa-Themed Party. There will be Welcome drink before midnight and Chihuahua gifts for everyone in attendance while supplies last!

    Music will be provided by DJ Prodigy (San Diego) and DJ Felipe Bari (El Salvador), with performances by Prodigy Mambo Dance Co and Cachimbo Dance Co. Also, there will be special guests for the night which include: Jojo Luz (The Master Percussionist), Basil Nadela (Cachimbo), Adam Garcia (Fresno), Christine Hipe (Salsa Manila), Joe Gabel (SF), Las Duras del Baile, and Tony Valenzuela (LA).

    (see official facebook event page: Año Nuevo Fabuloso)


How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year?

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P.S.  There will be no Taguig New Year’s Eve Countdown in Bonifacio Global City.

P.P.S. Please feel free to advertise your own New Year’s Eve events and celebrations in the comments section. Please also share your Sendong Charity efforts to welcome the New Year.

18 thoughts on “The BEST New Year’s Eve Parties in Manila to Welcome 2012!

  1. Given a rising death toll due to Sendong, food and oil prices remaining high and leading to growing social unrest globally, what is likely a permanent global recession due to increasing debt, and the long-term effects of climate change which have cut down crop production in the U.S. significantly, I will donate and then keep things quiet.

  2. Hi Anton,
    Rockwell decided not to push thru with the 10.30PM fireworks and instead donated the money to Sendong victims 🙂 They announced it during the pre-countdown party on Lopez Drive 🙂

  3. Hi, is it too early to ask about upcoming 2014 NYE events in Manila/Makati? My family and I are vacationing from Los Angeles this coming Christmas/New Year. Any suggestions on hotels that will have some type of NYE party (preferably teen friendly and if possible just walking distance or at the hotel vicinity). Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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