I’ve always associated the Marriott group of hotels to be one of those upscale, posh places you can choose to stay at. I wasn’t wrong when I saw the Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom, located right across the NAIA Terminal 3. It’s nothing short of amazing.
Marriott Manila has a total of 8,000 square meters of function space, which you can use for any type of meeting, celebration or other grand event you may hold in your life. They even have an in-house events coordination team who can assist you in making your dream party into reality.
You might be thinking how I ended up marveling at this space. I was invited by the lovely marketing team of Marriott Manila to join them for the Grand Ballroom Launch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last July 1st. It was scorching hot that day, but that did not stop me from attending such a prestigious event.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by (left to right) Karl Hudson – Marriott Hotels Area Vice President for Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines & Japan, Mr. Bruce Winton – General Manager, Marriott Manila, Mr. Craig Smith –Marriott Hotels President and Managing Director Asia Pacific, Mr. Kevin Tan – Executive Director Alliance Global Group, Inc, Mr. Kingson Sian – President, Travellers International Hotel Group, Hon. Mayor Antonino Calixto – Pasay City Mayor and Mr. Stephen Reilly – Resorts World Manila Chief Operating Officer.
A dragon and lion dance was held right after the ribbon cutting ceremony. It’s been quite some time since I last saw something like this up close.
(image courtesy of Marriott Manila)
The Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom adds another 3,000 square meters to the building. This means this area can easily accommodate up to 4,000 guests for cocktails or 2,500 for banquet set-up. The Cosmic Party during the Marriott Manila Grand Launch was held here, not to mention the James Ingram concert as well! It IS the largest ballroom in the Philippine hotel industry as of today, so it had no problem accommodating so many people during the mentioned events.
If I have enough extra cash to burn, I definitely wouldn’t mind celebrating a milestone in my life here…or maybe even just a section of the ballroom? :p It CAN be divided into several smaller spaces anyway, thanks to its utilization of the SkyFold technology, which allows vertical partitions to slide down from the ceiling. The ballroom also boasts of 176 programmable pillow ceiling lights which changes to more than 300 colors and a ceiling which can be adjusted to a certain height.
After the lion and dragon dance, we were treated to lunch at the Diplomatic Hall at the place’s ground floor. Marriott Manila Hotel’s culinary team prepared a set of delicious food for us to eat. I loved the Roasted Suckling Pig with Steamed Butterfly Bun!
Double Boiled Fish Maw Soup
Sauteed King Prawns with X.O. Sauce in Bird’s Nest
Steamed Live Pink Garoupa
Steamed Live South African Abalone in Black Bean Sauce, another one of the items I really enjoyed that afternoon.
Their Exotic Fruit Salad with Calamansi Sorbet was my other favorite from the meal. I love berries and that calamansi sorbet and white chocolate “disc” were lovely additions to it. I wish I could recreate this at home!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the James Ingram concert held on the evening of the ribbon cutting ceremony. I grew up hearing some of his songs since my Mom used to listen to them, so it would’ve been nice if I could’ve brought my parents to the said concert. I heard from friends who were able to attend that it was loads of fun, and definitely nostalgic. It’s great to hear that Marriott Manila provides such a classy venue for this type of events. I look forward to attending some in the future! 🙂
***Marriott Manila is located at No.10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City. If you have any inquiries and bookings, you may call (02)988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com. You may also follow their various social media platforms to keep yourselves updated on their events and/or promotions:
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***Cover photo borrowed from Marriott Hotel Manila.