New Year's Eve 2006

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New Year's Eve 2006


in my end of the metropolis was relatively quiet. There was very minimal fireworks before the stroke of midnight except in areas where people's watches/ clocks were running minutes in advance.

The hotels were packed full and I meant "packed" because each room was occupied not just with parents and kids but yayas, lolos and lolas, atbp. This was okay, one imagines, with the hotel admin because the more occupants there were in the rooms, the more meals were ordered up (although I did see somebody sneak in bags of Jollibee in the elevator -- aha!).

But ... ganyan ang Pinoy! We have always to be together to welcome the new year and the hotels knew that! How else would they sell their rooms and New Year shows?

We booked ourselves at the Makati Shangri-La to get away from the expected fireworks fog. We had dinner at the SEC entrance lobby hosted by Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay which was catered by five hotels (glory be! gorgeous spread!). We were in good company ... the Binay family and Dra. Elenita Binay, the two Makati congressmen Butz Aquino and Teddy Locsin (with his Louie and family), the Makati councilors, cultural officer Lingling Cervantes, et al.

On the agenda was an all night street mega-concert along Ayala Avenue, the new year's eve countdown and a fabulous fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.

By the time we got back to Makati Shang, the lobby was a sea of revellers come to celebrate with the Spirit of '67.

The action centered at the Lobby Lounge and at the Rizal ballroom which dazzled with a magical decor in black and white, glittering with stars on the walls and ceiling. The dinner buffet created by Chef Christopher Romine served up smoked salmon, roast duck, veal and mushroom ravioli, mizo glazed seabass, roast beef and rock of lamb, atbp. Michael Williams mesmerized the guests with Broadway songs, Eric Mana did his magical illusions, then it was dancetime with Bo Razon's 11 piece latin band.

The countdown led to a spectacular display of confetti blizzards and hundreds of balloons tumbling from the ceiling.

The Peninsula Manila had its traditional New Year's dinner ball at the newly renovated The Lobby. The hotel itself was bursting with houseguests (yes, yayas and kids included).

The guests walked into a tropical baroque fantasy in the lobby with balloons in shades of goldenrod, tangerine, ivory and gold, the tables abloom with heliconias, orchids and bromeliads.

Dinner opened with artichokes marinated in red wine vinegar and rosemary, wild muchrooms with white wine and fresh herbs, stuffed vine leaves with grapes and parma ham, seafood terine with tobiko mousseline, duck galantine with pistachio and dried apricot, tequila and saffron marinated salmon with tropical fruit pearls for salads and tapas. …

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