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CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES: Your What and Where Guide Part 2

Manila Peninsula, Makati City. There is no place like Manila – so much to see and do. Everyone has their own special way to celebrate the holiday season and The Peninsula Manila would be the perfect complement. In fact, since opening its doors on 14 September 1976, The Peninsula Manila has been a celebrated destination for Christmas and New Year as the ideal location for festive celebrations. Now on its 36th holiday season, the hotel has prepared something very special this year to liven up your festivities with concerts, festive meals, luxurious room accommodations and other fabulous stocking fillers.

Some of this year’s events include:

  • Festive Season Afternoon Tea: Filipino Merienda Buffet or English Afternoon Tea (Until January)

  • The Chocolate Library: A chocolate buffet (Until January)

  • Santa and Peter Bear at The Lobby (December 20 to 25)

  • Caroling at The Lobby (December 19 to 24)

To see the complete list of activities visit www.peninsula.com

*All events are subject to fees

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Guests can also be enchanted with Manila Peninsula’s giant pink Christmas tree at the lobby

Iwag Festival of Lights at Pototan, IloIlo – Celebrate Christmas at the “Christmas Capital” of Western Visayas, as coined by the Department of Tourism. At Pototan, IloIlo, guests can enjoy the magnificent festival of dazzling lights and decorations with nightly cultural shows and food fairs.

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7th Christmas Toy Fair and 2nd Philippine Die Cast and Custom Car show, SM Mega mall – Some people say Christmas is for children and those that are children at heart. This could not be any truer as the 7th Christmas Toy Fair will be held on 14 Dec to 16 Dec 2012. Children, adults, and especially hobbyists and collectors can find and purchase all their favourite comic books, toys, movies, animation, games and childhood related memorabilia at good prices! Guests can also participate in the Christmas Cosplay parade happening during the fair. For all the fathers, brothers, husbands, or boyfriends, the 2nd Philippine Die cast and custom car show will also have some activities like auctions, panel talks about die cast cars collecting, special raffle and diecast cars custom contest. 

For more information, visit www.toyconph.com

Christmas at Tagaytay Highlands, Tagaytay City – Celebrate the Holiday season at Tagaytay Highlands from December to January of 2013. With its great outdoors, lush landscapes, stunning panoramic views, and cool weather, Tagaytay Highlands offers different Christmas activities and attractions that families and friends will certainly enjoy.

Some of the activities include:

  • > Hohoho! Welcome Santa into Your Home! (December 24) – Guests can book and invite Santa into their homes/rooms/cottages to surprise and give presents to their children.

  • > Music Recitals (December 16) – Guests can enjoy world-class musical performances by the Music Department of the Adventist University of the Philippines

  • > High Art Weekends (December 23 to January 27, 2013) – An art exhibit for art enthusiasts

  • > Special Dessert Buffet (December 29 & 30) – Guests can indulge and
    spoil themselves at the Chocolate Fountain Station, Fruit Crepe Station, Assorted Fresh Fruit Slices, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Assorted Chocolate Cookies, and Pizza de Melle 

  • > Carols in the Sky (December 28-30) – Guests can feel the Yuletide breeze of Christmas carols sung to them at the golfer’s lounge and Gourmet avenue

  • > Christmas Eve (Dec 24) , Christmas (Dec 25), New Year’s Eve(Dec 31), and New Year’s/Solemnity of Mary (Jan 1) Mass

For more information and to see the complete list of activities visit www.tagaytayhighlands.com

* Some events may be subject to fees

* Events may be applicable to members of Tagaytay Highlands only

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Member can also enjoy the charms and comforts of country living at Tagaytay Highlands

Puto Festival at Calasiao, Pangasinan – Locals, balikbayans, and foreign nationals can experience Christmas at the tastiest Festival in the North! The puto festival is a yearly event that celebrates the Puto or rice cake, a native delicacy considered the “White Gold” of the municipality of Calasiao. In the span of two weeks, starting from December 16 until 31, 2012 visitors can expect over 30 entertaining events such as the 101 Ways to Cook and Serve Puto and the Puto Sculpture Making Competition, plus new events such as the Auto Show, the Puto Fun Run and the Grand Fireworks Display.

For more information visit www.putofestival.com

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(2011) a visitor posing with a sculpture made from hundreds of puto

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