EXPERIENCE a classic tale told in a magnificent way through a menagerie of curious characters, sweet parties and wonderful things at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila this Christmas. It’s a Whimsical Winterland in all outlets of the hotel—Café Pronto, Cucina, Lung Hin, Connect Lounge, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge—during the entire holiday season.
INDULGE AT CAFÉ PRONTO
Sweet delights and goodies are bountiful at Café Pronto, which makes exciting Christmas hampers available to everyone this festive season. Perfect for the season of gift-giving, hampers to choose from include Mad Hatter’s Party, Winterland Magic and Carroll’s Choice. All three gift sets contain red wine, panettone, fusilli tricolore, artisan chocolate bars, chocolate figurines, fruit sweets, devilled ham spread and marzipan stollen, among others. You can also build your own Christmas hamper by choosing items that you like.
Also available for Christmas takeaways are Hong Kong Roast Goose and Christmas Turkey, as well as the featured cake of the month of December, Alice Cake. The latter is made up of layers of banana compote, orange sponge, milk chocolate mousse, plus peanut butter crunch at the bottom.
FEAST AT CUCINA
Partake of a bountiful feast with loved ones at Cucina this Christmas. The Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet is particularly special because it features a wide array of dishes, such as Roast Angus Beef Rib Eye, Caramelized Ham, and Crispy Duck Breast on Mango Basil Sauce; while the midnight spread includes Filipino signatures such as Pancit Palabok and Cebuano Pork Humba.
The New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet lays out a spread of sumptuous dishes, including Iberico Pork Loin with Apple Sauce, Chinese Barbecue Duck, and Gratinated Prawns, Mussels and Salmon with Wholegrain Mustard Cream. On New Year’s Day, guests can feast on Orecchiette with Pepperoni and Tomatoes and Roast Leg of Pork.
Holiday buffet rates are Php3,800 (Christmas Eve Dinner), Php1,800 (Noche Buena), Php2,888 (Christmas Day), Php3,800 (New Year’s Eve) and Php2,888 (New Year’s Day).
GO CHINESE AT LUNG HIN
Lung Hin, the Cantonese restaurant at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, offers special set menus for Christmas and New Year. Included in the set menus are Crispy Roasted Suckling Pig, Pan-fried Australia Wagyu Beef with Black Pepper, Stir-fried Abalone with Fresh Scallops and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce, and Roasted Peking Duck.
TOAST AT CONNECT LOUNGE
This yuletide season, visit the Connect Lounge for a leisurely sip of Tequila Navidad, Arabican Spice and Skylips with friends.
DO A COUNTDOWN AT VU’S SKY BAR AND LOUNGE
Now, here’s the perfect place to do the countdown to 2019 as the clock ticks to bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019. As the stunning skyline of the metro lights up with fireworks at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2018, raise your glasses of bubbly champagne or, better yet, festive cocktails, such as Yuletide Pears, White Christmas and Holiday Sangria.
There’s also Red Queen and Jabberwocky cocktails to enjoy. You even get a second glass for free if you order either cocktail drink.
SANTA, MASS AND EAGLES
As part of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Whimsical Winterland celebration, Santa Claus is coming to listen to Christmas wishes and have photos taken with kids who have been ‘nice, not naughty” this year. Despite his busy schedule, Santa has allotted some time to be with kids on December 9, 16 and 25 at 11:00 a.m. and on December 24 at 7:00 p.m.—at Level 24 Sky Lobby. Then there is anticipated Holy Mass, a long-standing tradition of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, taking place at Level 7 Ballroom on December 24 and 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Finally, make your Christmas celebration even more meaningful by purchasing an eagle stuffed toy for Php650 in support of the hotel’s worthy cause for the third year in a row. The money will help protect and conserve the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, for generations to come.
For any of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Whimsical Winterland packages and offerings, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. For reservations, call (+632) 720-7777.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)