Manila on new year's eve is a lively cacophony of sound and music, with fireworks across the city and a huge number of parties and celebrations taking place to welcome the new year in style.
With a great selection of top hotels at very reasonable prices then this is very much a top recommendation for speiding new year's eve in a major and thriving capital city without blowing the budget.
They really do not mess around in Manila when it comes to celebrating new year's 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, with the Baywalk, a 2km promenade along Manila's waterfront, a popular gathering point for the new year celebrations.
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.
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.
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. There is live entertainment throughout the evening leading up toThe 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 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 exceptionally busy at new year, so book your hotel well in advance - top recommended places to stay include:
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.
If you want to dine out in Manila this new year's eve, make your reservations well in advance to ensure you get your favourite restaurant - we've picked out just a few top recommended spots:
Harbor View Restaurant
If you're in Manila for new year's eve then it would be remiss of us to not mention some of the sites worth visiting.
Top recommendations include 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.
There isn't any live TV or online coverage we're aware of, so looking for webcams view is probably the best option, and fortunately there is a fantastic live webcam view right over Roxas Boulevard, where one of the main parties and fireworks shows will be taking place: