Diamond Hotel Presents Festive Feasts

Porchetta on the Christmas table

FOOD, food and more food! Christmas is all about food, so get your taste buds into the holiday mood with Diamond Hotel Philippines’ festive Christmas feasts, both savory and sweet.

Festive ham on the table kick

The hotel’s savory Christmas selections are all perfect centerpieces for the holiday table—Honey Glazed Ham that glistens with caramelized honey, hearty and rich Chicken Relleno, a juicy Porchetta, and traditional Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Giblet Gravy.

For sweet treats, Diamond Hotel offers a lighter-than-air, fruity Homemade Panettone loaf made fresh on-site, Christmas Log Cake, French Macarons in boxes, decadent Sea Salt Chocolate Bonbons, Artisanal Pralines, and Christmas Muffins.

Homemade Panettone and other Christmas baked goodies…

Deluxe Hamper 2019

For gift-giving, there are Holiday Hampers to choose from, with gourmet food selections and choice gift items in baskets elegantly wrapped for the occasion.

Having a party? Leave the food in the hands of experts and order specially curated Holiday Takeaway Set Menus featuring savory mains and complimentary side dishes. The Oriental Party Set Menu comes with a Cold Cuts Platter, Stir Fried Noodles, Shanghai Spring Rolls, and other Chinese favorites fit for up to eight persons. The Divine Set Menu, meanwhile, is a spread that’s good for up to 20 persons and includes Lechon de Leche, Ham Mousse Profiteroles, and Christmas Black Forest Log Cake.

For grander events, the hotel’s Catering Service makes sure your Christmas party is a banquet like no other. Two more grand treats for family and friends are exclusive room stay or dining Gift Certificates and A Holly, Jolly Holiday room package for a holiday staycation.

Orders can be processed by calling 8528-3000 Mondays to Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Marco Polo Ortigas’ Cucina
Unveils New A La Carte Menu

U.S. Angus Beef

MARCO Polo Ortigas Manila’s all-day restaurant, Cucina, has always been known to celebrate the world’s best flavors on a plate. It is not only home to a well-curated culinary spread featuring the world’s well-loved dishes in a buffet spread but also creates gastronomic masterpieces with its a la carte menu.

Precisely for diners who prefer a la carte dining, the hotel, led by Executive Chef Alisdair Bletcher and Cucina’s culinary experts, has recently introduced new dishes on the a la carte menu.

Thai Hot and Sour Beef Salad

Green Chicken Curry

Spaghetti with Shrimp Bottarga and Dill

Mushroom, Truffle Cream, Thyme and Mozzarella Pizza

Pan-roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Garden Peas, Pancetta Herb and Lemon Butter Sauce

New savory choices include Thai Hot and Sour Beef Salad; Green Chicken Curry; Spaghetti with Shrimp Bottarga and Dill; Mushroom, Truffle Cream, Thyme and Mozzarella Pizza; U.S. Angus Beef Burger; and Pan-roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Garden Peas, Pancetta Herb and Lemon Butter Sauce.

Milk Chocolate Mousse with Candied Maple Bacon Brownie

Mango Passionfruit Tart with Almond Nougatine and Lime Meringue

For dessert, the new selections are Milk Chocolate Mousse with Candied Maple Bacon Brownie and Mango Passionfruit Tart with Almond Nougatine and Lime Meringue.

For more information or for reservations, call +632 7720-7720.


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number +632 7720-7777.)


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Thanksgiving Dinner
with U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim with Enderun Colleges officials and the Tuloy Foundation culinary scholars

THANKSGIVING Day is a national holiday in the United States. It began as a day of thanksgiving for a good harvest, but, through the years, it has become a day of simply giving thanks to the Lord for every imaginable blessing. Usually celebrated in the U.S. with a special dinner featuring Roast Turkey on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day is observed on different dates in Canada and several other countries.

In the Philippines, the American Thanksgiving Day celebration has caught on, and, yearly, the United States Ambassador to the Philippines celebrates the special occasion with members of the trade industry who are engaged in business with American companies. Together, they sit down for a special Thanksgiving dinner and share the traditional Thanksgiving turkey with lots of other food.

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim interacting in the kitchen with Enderun Colleges’ Chef Marc Chopin

Stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey and getting it ready for roasting in the oven should be easy…


This year, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim decided to ‘deviate’ a little by sharing a Thanksgiving meal with the culinary scholars of Tuloy Foundation, which is a non-profit organization for disadvantaged children and youth.

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim greeting the culinary scholars of the Tuloy Foundation just before their shared Thanksgiving meal

The Thanksgiving meal was held at Enderun Colleges in Taguig City, and it had Enderun chef instructors and the 24 Tuloy Foundation culinary students taking charge of the kitchen. The Thanksgiving meal was inspired by original recipes of Filipino-American White House executive chef Cristeta Pasia-Comerford, including Thyme Roasted U.S. Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Calamansi Relish, Baked Boneless U.S. Ham, Mashed U.S. Potato with Quezo de Bola, Pumpkin Pie, and Pecan Pie.

U.S. food and beverage importers Dane International Commodities Inc. and ESV International Corp. provided the turkey pecans and potatoes; while the U.S. Meat Export Foundation supplied the ham.

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New World Manila Bay Hotel
Gears Up for the Holidays

New World Manila Bay Hotel makes families feel at “Home for the Holidays” this season

THE Christmas season is the most anticipated time of the year not only for malls and restaurants but for hotels, too, because it is when they can put their best foot forward and show guests what kind of pampering they are capable of giving to make the holidays extra special for everyone.

Feasts of holiday flavors, chocolates, cakes and more, plus relaxing staycations…

New World Manila Bay Hotel has got it all covered, as it invites families, friends, colleagues, business partners and couples to savor the holiday flavors that it has put together for the season. Create new memories together, as well.


Feast on the flavors of Christmas at Market Cafe

Market Café is the place for the family to get together over a hearty feast, and so it is ready with its classic holiday dishes, including festive Christmas Ham, perfectly golden Roast Turkey, delightful Christmas Yule Log Cake, and other special Christmas treats. There is also the Yuletide Buffet to dig in to for dinner on December 24, 2019, and for lunch and dinner on December 25, 2019, at Php3,500 per person.


Enjoy delightful Cantonese dishes at LiLi

Love Chinese food? Make it an authentic Cantonese banquet this season at LiLi, which offers several six-course set menus featuring traditional Christmas flavors flared up with premium ingredients. There’s also the decadent All You Can Eat Dim Sum to consider, as it features classic favorites and carefully handcrafted specialties.

Delight in the Festive Special Menu that comes in two special sets at Php2,888 and Php33,488 per person for lunch and dinner, for a minimum of two persons, on December 24 and 25, 2019. On Christmas Day, December 25, 2019, another choice is Christmas Yum Cha lunch at Php2,288 per person.


Holiday goodies at The Pastry Boutique

It is the season of giving, so make Christmas doubly merry with dazzling holiday goodies and sweets that are perfect to give away as gifts. Pack a basket full of holiday cheer from the irresistibly decadent treats at The Pastry Boutique. How about chocolates? Cookies? There’s an assortment of goodies to choose from.

Bulk orders require placement of order at least five days in advance.


If a staycation is what you want to relax your tired muscles and weary body, go for the Home for the Holidays room package of New World Manila Bay Hotel. Each room reservation comes with buffet breakfast for two, complimentary in-room Internet access, and 50% discount at Market Café.

For reservations and inquiries, call +632 8252-6888.


(New World Manila Bay Hotel is located at 1588 Pedro Gil St., Malate, Manila.)

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It’s a White Christmas at Diamond Hotel

During the Christmas tree lighting at Diamond Hotel Philippines, general manager Vanessa Suatengco (extreme left) is joined by Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Ishko Moreno’ Domagoso and his family

THE Christmas season started early at Diamond Hotel Philippines. As soon as All Saints’ Day was over, the hotel officially rolled in the holidays via a grand Christmas Tree Lighting.

Guests, led by Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso (better known by his screen name Ishko Moreno) and his family, came to witness the glorious lighting of the white, whimsical 25-foot Christmas tree at the hotel lobby. Ever the gracious host, Diamond Hotel’s general manager Vanessa Suatengco excitedly welcomed everyone to the momentous occasion—an annual event which regular guests, business and industry partners, clients and friends looked forward to every year. Kids from the Remedios Training Center, accompanied by their parents and guardians, joined the festivities.

The Pansol Choir filled the air with Christmas carols, while The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company transformed the lobby into a stage of motion and color with their zestful performances.

Over lavish cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests marveled at the magnificent yuletide garb of the hotel, with the interiors festooned with snowy, rustic leaves, stylish ornaments of silver and gold, and reindeer reminiscent of glittering ice sculptures.

The tree, in its splendor, was strung in white and gold finery, adorned with crystals and pearled ornaments. This year’s classic color palette bears a symbolic desire for harmony and peace in the modern world, as well as value for inner lightness in a season that celebrates giving, reflection and selflessness.

True to the spirit of generosity, Diamond Hotel carries on its tradition of choosing a charitable institution to support through Christmastime every year. This year, the hotel has chosen Kanlungan ni Maria, a nonstock, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding abandoned, sick and impoverished elderly, as its beneficiary. Guests are therefore encouraged to donate Php300 to their cause by “buying” a Christmas ornament that would bear their name and be hung at the Charity Trees displayed at the hotel lobby.


(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila; with telephone number (632) 8528-3000.)

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