Welcome to Grand Fiesta Manila 2011
When it comes to merrymaking, there are two big things Filipinos are known for: the seemingly endless fiestas celebrated in different parts of the country, and the longest Christmas season in the world. Those looking to experience the Philippines at its most festive should look no further than Resorts World Manila (RWM), where the most festive fiestas meet the happiest holidays in one whole excitement-filled month of celebrations: Grand Fiesta Manila (GFM) 2011.
The celebration rolls off with a trip through Philippine history from the 1930’s—told through and elegant exhibition of vintage cars from November 22 to 29 at RWM’s Newport Mall. Timeless Wheels’ classic looks and rich heritage will sure transport guests to bygone eras.
Grand Fiesta Manila 2011 then switches on the full festive mode with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the first day of December. A giant Christmas tree bursts into light and live music, as it becomes not just a holiday ornament but a beautiful stage where some of the best chorale groups perform carols on Sundays to Wednesdays from December 1 until Christmas eve.
To celebrate Pinoy local culture, RWM gives homage to its trusty and colorful mode of transport, the jeepney, with Biyaheng Makulay. Artists and celebrities showcase their take on the iconic passenger vehicle as they dress up miniature jeepney models from December 4- 9. RWM also presents an amazing showcase of Filipino talent with performances from champion school dance teams, acrobats, and magicians at The Plaza- Newport Mall, Thursdays to Sundays, from December 1 to 25.
The festive performances do not end there. Families will enjoy as street performers of all kinds – stilt walkers, jugglers, unicyclists, cosplayers, magicians, mimes and clowns, wander and perform at the Newport Mall on all weekends of December.
Singing sensation Charice will serenade concert-goers with her rendition of the most loved Christmas songs in “Christmas with Charice” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on December 2. This is back to back with a Naughty Night with Rex Navarette, on the same day at Genting Club.
The Christmas spirit then continues to soar as groups from different schools battle it out on vocals in A Night of Carols Chorale Competition on December 19 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. From singing to designing, Filipino fashion meets folklore with Pintadas on December 17 at Genting Club. This bodypaint Fashion show spotlights some of the country’s top fashion designers, Randy Ortiz, Rhett Eala, Rajo Laurel and Tweetie De Leon, as they put their creations directly on models in an one-of-a-kind retelling of the country’s traditional legends and stories.
What’s fiesta without food? The sweetest creative minds then meet in a challenge to create the best cake design, with well-known Pastry Chefs as judges in the mouth-watering and eye-catching event on The Ultimate Christmas Cake-Off Design Contest, this December 18 at The Plaza, Newport Mall.
As customary to every fiesta, Fiestas Filipinas parades on December 3, 10 and 17, will bring astonishing colors to the halls of Resorts World Manila. Dancers and percussionists in festive costumes parade in a display of various feasts from the different regions of the country.
Wrapping up our festive itinerary is our shower of prizes! Guests shopping, dining, playing and relaxing at RWM can join Day and Night Raffle Delight 2, where they could get the chance to bring home any of the four brand new Mercedes-Benz’s at stake. Other exciting prizes are also at stake totaling to P24 million!
Those who are looking for someplace special to take the family on Christmas day itself should definitely come to Resorts World Manila, where Christmas high masses will be held on December 25, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. To celebrate the last hours of 2011 and to welcome the coming year, Resorts World Manila is throwing three simultaneous New Year’s Eve Countdown parties in three different areas on December 31; Bar 360, Newport Mall, and Genting Club, with some of the country’s best performers.
The holiday season doesn’t get better or merrier than at Resorts World Manila’s Grand Fiesta Manila 2011.
For complete schedule of activities for Grand Fiesta Manila 2011, please click here- GFM 2011.