Spending New Years Eve in Manila will give you the opportunity to
explore the city and its plethora of historic and architectural
delights. There are thousands of things to see and do and below is
just a small sample, so get yourself out there and take in the
Visit Manila's National Museum of the Philippines to see its Fine Art, Archaeology, Ethnography and Natural History collections. If you happen to be in this neck of the woods then you might also want to also visit Intramuros (The Walled City) to learn a little more of Manila's history and go see Fort Santiago.
There are many incredible Churches to visit while you are here, like San Agustin Church, San Sebastian Church, Quiapo Church, the Monastery of Saint Agustin and Malate Church.
There are lots of large shopping malls for those looking for a spot of retail therapy and to wile away the hours indoors. Try Greenbelt Mall or Power Plant Mall in the Makati area, Robinsons Place Mall or Shangri-La Plaza in Luzon. These are all large scale malls with plenty of shops and eateries to choose from.
Looking for some quiet time, then perhaps some lovely strolls around Manila's gardens is for you, look out Paco Park or Rizal Park for some peace and open spaces!
One thing which you really must do, is take a stroll along the Baywalk, a 2km promenade along Manila's waterfront. This is especially lovely if you happen to be here at sunset and stop at one of the open air cafes for a drink and enjoy the beautiful views.
They do not mess around in Manila when it comes to celebrating
New Yeas Eve. There are fireworks pretty much everywhere you look,
firecrackers being set off and crowds of people looking to bring in
the new year with a bang!
If you are in the Makati area, there is plenty going on, from street parties to street markets! The place will be packed with people all enjoying the party atmosphere.
For some great firework viewing, venture to Rizal Park, a popular place for families to gather and enjoy the fireworks or along Roxas Boulevard, Manila's waterfront promenade. These too will have hundreds of thousands of people gathering, so expect everywhere to be busy.
Resorts World Manila goes all out on festive events, with Holy Mass from 6 - 7pm followed with a luxurious dinner, live music, entertainment and a countdown to midnight. This year will see singer/songwriter Arnel Pineda, Lani Misalucha, Sam Mangubat, Darren Espanto and comedian Jon Santos all performing at The Grand Countdown to 2019 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom.
There will be thousands of people heading to SM Mall of Asia for their annual New Years Eve celebration! There are usually celebrity appearances, fireworks and lots of fun activities.
At City of Dreams resort you can dine in luxury at Nobu, then party your way into 2019 at the Countdown party at Chaos Nightclub with some fantastic DJs, or, enjoy live entertainment and midnight toast at Centerplay.
Most of the big hotels have lavish events planned, so a great excuse to get glammed up and sip champagne in to the new year! Check out events at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Conrad Manila, The Marriot Hotel and the beautiful Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
If you want to dine out in Manila this New Years Eve, make your reservations well in advance to ensure you get your favourite restaurant.
Harbor View Restaurant
A fantastic live webcam over Roxas Boulevard
If you are lucky, you'll manage to get yourself a room with a
view as there are fireworks all over Manila, so if you happen to
stay indoors, you can still see some of the NYE magic!
Manila gets busy at New Year, so book your hotel well in advance.
AG New World Manila Bay Hotel
Diamond Hotel Philippines
Pan Pacific Manila
Executive Hotel Manila
Lotus Garden Hotel
To check availability and make reservations at these and all the top hotels in the area, you can make online bookings here.