Easter Feasts & Events in Manila this Holy Week

We’ve got your Easter Sunday covered from the traditional Easter Egg Hunt to the ultimate crossover buffet, meaty carvings and more.


This Sunday, local hotels, restaurants and malls offer menus and happenings that will make it easy to break that Lenten fast. SPOT.ph takes the guesswork out of deciding where to celebrate Easter Sunday:


HOTELS

The Bellevue Manila

Hop your way to the Grand Ballrooms B and C of The Bellevue Manila for an afternoon of Easter fun games and activities on April 4. Party is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for only P550 per person inclusive of egg hunting activity; P450 per person if exclusive of egg hunting activity. Kids two years old and below are free of charge. Tickets are available on the day of the event starting at 12 noon.


The Bellevue is at North Bridgeway, Northgate Cyberzone, Filinvest Corporate City, Muntinlupa City. Tel. No. 771-8181.

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Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 4, the Grand Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila transforms into Funtasia. Come as a pirate, a fairy, a mermaid, or any other character to win exciting prizes.

Tickets are at P600 net per person.

Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila is at Ortigas Ave. corner Asian Development Bank Ave., Quezon City. Tel. No. 633-7222.


The Diamond Hotel

This Easter Sunday, celebrate with pirates at Diamond Hotel’s Easter Caribbean Adventure. Let your kids rule the high seas with lots of activities: face painting, glitter tattoo, egg painting, assorted games, fortune telling, magic show and bubble show. Watch for the surprise appearances of swashbuckling pirates and Davy Jones! There are also giveaways and treats for sale at the food stations.

Have kids wear a pirate costume for a chance to win a special prize. Voyage starts at the Diamond Ballroom at 10 a.m. and then sails to the hotel’s second floor for the Treasure Hunt from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. where the little buccaneers might win prizes like a Sony PSP3 and Nintendo DS Lite.

Available from March 30 to April 4 for only P5,000 net, relax in a Superior room for an overnight stay that includes a buffet breakfast for two at the Palm Court Café, complimentary selected items from the mini bar, three hours of free Internet access in the room, 20% off on food and beverages, 15% off on massage services, complimentary use of the swimming pool, and free access for one child (per room, per stay) to the Easter Caribbean Adventure.

Get P100 off the Easter event access when kids avail of lunch or dinner at any of Diamond Hotel’s restaurants until April 4.

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The Diamond Hotel is at Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila. Tel. No. 528-3000.


Discovery Suites

Join the Easter Picnic Party at the Columbus function room of Discovery Suites. For P550 net per person, enjoy a merienda buffet and Easter egg hunt starting at 2:30 p.m. on April 4.

Discovery Suites is at 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 683-8222.


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Dusit Thani Manila

This Easter, Dusit Thani Manila starts off a holistic celebration with an Easter Sunday Mass from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by an action-packed Under the Sea Adventure at the Grand Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the unbeatable buffet fare of the renowned Family Sunday Crossover Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m for P1,450 nett per person.

Take an educational journey under the sea and party with coral reefs, seahorses, dolphins, sea turtles and sharks, and discover the fascinating, hidden world of the ocean.

Go fishing for Easter eggs and yummy treasures of the sea. Your little tyke might also get a chance to win tickets to the much-awaited musical, Cats.

Come in your best "Under the Sea" costume and win exciting prizes! The criteria for judging: 40% creativity or uniqueness, 40% adherence to the theme and 20% overall impact.

Entrance fee to this great Under the Sea Adventure on Easter Sunday is P500 per child (12 years old below) with one accompanying adult. Entrance fee for additional adults is P150 net per person. Limited slots only.

Dusit Thani Manila is at the Ayala Center, Makati City. Tel. No. 867-3333.


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EDSA Shangri-La

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4, Sunday, EDSA Shangri-La will hold a circus-themed Easter with the Isla Ballroom turning into a giant carnival and food fair.

The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 1 p.m. at the Palawan Ballroom, where children can dress up in their favorite cartoon or fantasy character to win special prizes.

Tickets are at P950 net per person, including kiddie meals. Every ticket purchase entitles the guest to a raffle coupn for a chance to win a weekend stay for two at the Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, with airfare courtesy of SEAIR.

EDSA Shangri-la is at 1 Garden Way Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Tel. No. 633-8888


Hyatt Hotel and Casino

Celebrate Easter at the Hyatt with exciting games and activities such as Arts and Crafts, Kitchen Laboratory, Face Painting, RC Drifting Exhibition, Hot Wheels Racing and the Easter Egg Hunt Challenge at 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel Ballroom.

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Tickets are available at P700 net.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino is at 1588 Pedro Gil Corner M.H. Del Pilar, Malate, Manila. Tel. No. 245-1234.




Intercontinental Manila

Holy mass is at 9 a.m., while the Easter Fun in Wonderland party at the Grand Ballroom starts at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch buffet in an enchanted forest setting for P880 net per person.

Cinderella Kids and Osh Kosh B’Gosh present their latest collections. Aside from the Easter egg hunt, activities include a magic show, a story telling session, face painting, Timezone game machines and parlor games. Dive into outdoor pools from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Come in Easter costumes and get a chance to win special prizes. Prizes to be raffled include a three-day, two-night stay at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong and Intercontinental Bangkok.

Fun-tastic Easter Stays include an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast and entrance for two to the Easter Fun in Wonderland party. At P6,800 net, the package is available from March 29 to April 4.

Intercontinental Manila is at 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Tel. No. 793 7000.


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Mandarin Oriental Manila

Begin Easter Sunday with a Holy Mass at the Mahogany function room at 10:30 a.m. A fun-filled Easter egg hunt awaits children ages 12 and below at the Easter Wonderland at the Mandarin Ballroom from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the kiddie salon and glitter tattoo station, and see a ventriloquist and magic show. Various prizes are up for grabs at fun children’s games.

Guests who avail of the grand Easter buffet at Paseo Uno, at P1,850+++ for adults and P925+++ for children, or the special Tin Hau holiday set menu at P1,388+++ for five to seven persons receive complimentary tickets to Mandarin Oriental’s Easter Wonderland.

Executive Pastry Chef Roberto Molleman also prepares an array of chocolate Easter creations on display at the Mandarin Deli. Chocolate rabbits, eggs and other holiday delights are available until April 4.

Mandarin Oriental Manila is at Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. Tel. No. 750-8888.


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The Peninsula Manila

The Peninsula Manila holds an Easter Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Lobby for P2,600 (inclusive of free-flowing champagne for adults) or P1,900 (without the champagne) from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For children under 12 years old, the buffet is at P1,000, inclusive of complimentary entrance to the Jungle Safari Easter Egghunt at the Rigodon Ballroom which starts at 11 a.m.

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The Peninsula Manila is at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City. Tel. No. 887-2888.


Richmonde Hotel

Enjoy an Easter banquet at the Richmonde Grill on April 4, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for P1,200 net per person, inclusive of your choice of drink: iced tea, hot tea or coffee. Children ages 6 to 12 get 50% off.

Richmonde Hotel is at San Miguel Avenue cor. Lourdes St. Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 638-7777


Traders Hotel Manila (Latitude)

Traders Hotel Manila’s Latitude hosts an Easter brunch for P665 net for adults and P475 net for children. Ventriloquist Ony Carcama and his puppet characters make an appearance.

Latitude is at Traders Hotel Manila, Pasay City. Tel. No. 523-7011.


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22 Prime

Have a filling lunch on Easter Sunday at 22 Prime’s Sunday lunch buffet at P1,250 per person. The Easter spread includes healthy salads, savory soup and appetizers, an array of hot dishes, and mouth-watering meaty carvings.

22 Prime is at Discovery Suites, 25 ADB Ave. Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 683-8222.


Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino

Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino serves a special Lent menu until April 4. For P1,000 per person, the menu includes a choice of soup or salad, three kinds of mango and mesclun, garden salad with your choice of dressing, and pakbet puree or adobo shitake mushroom soup. The menu also includes a seafood platter with the following choices: suahe shrimps sautéed in garlic, clams and mussels in ginger lemongrass broth, scallops topped with shrimp burro sauce, crispy soft shell crab in chili crab roe sauce or apahap in salt crust with three dipping sauces. For dessert, choose from Chocnut cups, halo-halo sherbet and Sans Rival Moderne.

Menu is available daily for lunch and dinner.

Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino is at G/F Net 2 Bldg., 3rd Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Tel. No. 856-0634.


La Regalade French Bistro

La Regalade French Bistro offers an exquisite set menu prepared by Chef Karen Martin featuring La Regalade’s best sellers for P850++ per person.

La Regalade is at 820 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. Tel No. 750-2104, 750-2105.


MALLS


Alabang Town Center’s Chocolate Easter

alabangtown1Five hundred free photo-ops with a life-size chocolate sculpture and Hershey’s treats await Alabang Town Center shoppers on a first come, first served basis. Get one free Hershey’s Chocolate treat and one free photo print stub for every P500 single receipt dated April 4, 2010 from any ATC establishment. Maximum of two Hershey’s chocolates and two photo print stubs for customers with P1,001 and above worth of single receipts. Redeem treats and stubs at the Concierge on April 4 from 11 a.m. until supplies last.

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Also available are passes to the chocolate making workshop with Global Culinary Academy (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Easter Egg Hunt with Dave’s Fun House (3 p.m.). Get one Easter Egg hunt pass and one chocolate making workshop pass for every P1,000 single or accumulated receipts dated April 4, 2010 from any ATC establishment. Maximum of two Easter Egg Hunt passes and two chocolate making workshop passes for customers with P2,001 and above worth of single or accumulated receipts. Redeem passes at the Concierge on April 4 from 11 a.m. until passes last.

Alabang Town Center is located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City. Tel. Nos. 842-2782 and 772-1860.


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Eastwood City’s Easter Wonderland

Eastwood City turns into a mini theme park on Easter Sunday. Eastwood Mall Open Park becomes home to two main attractions: Art Planet and Animal Ville which feature egg painting sessions with Master Fernando Sena, pony rides and a petting zoo.

The Food Factory is at the Eastwood Mall Atrium, where CCA’s cupcakes, Mrs. Q Cookies, Sandwich Guy, and Krispy Kreme give food preparation and cooking techniques, plus free food samplers. Right across is the Eastwood Central Plaza which houses three worlds: World of Inflatables, Game Warp and Science Emporium, featuring free games from Q Power Station and Timezone, and interactive exhibits.

Imagination comes to life at Toy Land located at Eastwood City Walk 2, with giant board games, popular characters and toy giveaways. Kids also get a chance to win Nintendo DS Lites, Sony PSPs, and iPod Shuffles from the Easter Wonderland raffle and special prizes at the Easter Wonderland Golden Eggs Hunt.

An Easter parade starting from the Art Planet starts the fair at 2:45 p.m. The parade features drum and bugle corps., costume contest participants, mascots, cosplayers, bikers from Flipbykes, and the players and advocates of the Homeless World Cup Philippine Team, who lead a ceremonial soccer kicking to signify their quest to kick off poverty. Bring kids in costume and they get a chance to win cool prizes at the costume contest.

Wonderland passports are at P500, inclusive of one-time access to booths and activities inside the fair for a kid and two adults. For additional adults, the entrance fee is P50 per person. Part of the proceeds goes to the Homeless World Cup Philippine Team who will compete in the Homeless World Cup in Brazil on September.

Eastwood City is located in Libis, Quezon City. Tel Nos. 709-9888 and 709-0888.

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Shangri-La Plaza Easter’s Hollywood Party

Enjoy a blockbuster Hollywood Party with the whole family. Only the first 300 registrants (kids 1 to 12 years old) will be accommodated. Registration fee is P500 per child. Registration starts on March 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shangri-La Plaza Administration Office, Level 5.

Shangri-La Plaza Mall is located at EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Tel. No. 633-7851.


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SM Hoppy Easter Adventures

Come in your wackiest bunny costumes to SM Manila, SM San Lazaro and SM Sta. Mesa’s Easter Events on April 4 and get a chance to win P5,000 worth of gift certificates and other gift packs. Tickets are at P50 per child age 4 to 12 years old plus a P500 receipt from any SM establishment. Kids get their own loot bags. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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The Big Easter Egg Hunt at WhiteSpace

On April 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Whitespace transforms into a captivating Easter wonderland with a delightful Easter brunch by Cibo d’M, interactive storytelling musicale Stories from a Suitcase by Clowning Around, and two Amazing Easter Egg Hunts.

Kids take part in Egg-and-Spoon Races and vie for the Treasure Chest of Gold Chocolate Coins at the Egg Painting Competition. At Enchanted Kingdom’s Easter Playground, everyone can snuggle up with the lovable Wizard and Princess Victoria. More fascinating activities and photo opportunities await kids at Jollibee’s interactive Jollitown.

Daddies who wish to take it easy can cozy up with doughnuts and coffee at the Krispy Kreme Lounge, while mommies can shop at the Kiddie Bazaar Lane. There are also Mini Coopers to test drive. Even dog-lovers can enjoy chilling out with their pets at the Urban Doggies’ Spa and Lounge.

Tickets are at P350 per kid, inclusive of raffle ticket, loot bag, treats and egg hunt pass. For adults, tickets are at P200, inclusive of raffle ticket.

WhiteSpace is located at 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. Tel. Nos. 556-0774, 556-0533 and 0920-2113878.


Photographs from Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Dusit Thani Manila,Mandarin Oriental Manila, The Manila Peninusla, 22 Prime, Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino, and sxc.hu (main gallery image).

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