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Christmas Afternoon Tea at Raffles Makati

An Afternoon Tea at the Writers Bar of Raffles Makati is made more special this Christmas Season as the Manila Symphony Orchestra‘s quintet plays special, limited performances on 3 consecutive Saturdays: December 3, 10 (today) and 17 (next Saturday).

Enjoy a cup or two of fine tea with a tower of freshly-baked scones, holiday pastries, and delicate finger sandwiches, while surrounded by enchanting Christmas music.


The Manila Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Asia. Founded by Alexander Lippay in 1926, the orchestra has played a major role in Philippine history, including acting as a symbol of resistance during the Second World War. Today, the Manila Symphony Orchestra provides a showcase for young Filipino musical talent.


I’ve always wondered what a BASSOON was. And now I know! ;) The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor clefs, and occasionally the treble. Appearing in its modern form in the 19th century, the bassoon figures prominently in orchestral, concert band, and chamber music literature. The bassoon is a non-transposing instrument known for its distinctive tone color, wide range, variety of character and agility. Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to that of a male baritone voice. One who plays the bassoon is called a bassoonist.

Afternoon Tea is served daily at the Writers Bar from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM and already includes assorted pastries, mini sandwiches, scones, and refillable hot or cold tea. Price is set at Php 1,200 for an Afternoon Tea set for two; or Php 2,995 for an Afternoon Tea with Champagne for two, subject to 10% service charge and applicable government taxes.

Writers Bar, Raffles Makati

1 Raffles Drive corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati (02) 555-9777


It’s another round of themed afternoon tea at the Writer’s Bar of Raffles Makati for the GOppets gals with The Music of Christmas featuring seasonal-inspired goodies! <3


This giant strawberry takes center stage as a cute Santa’s hat. LOVE in every juicy bite!


Panettone, slices of Italian traditional Christmas cakes, and gingerbread cookies. Yum!


We will never get tired of spending quality afternoons at The Writers Bar of Raffles Makati. Afternoon tea is one bonding activity & tradition I wish to continue with my future granddaughters, God willing that I get to live that long. :)

afternoon-tea-raffles-makati-07You too can create lasting memories and new traditions with a Raffles Christmas Staycation. Ask about the special rates just for Balikbayans and Local Residents that include Php 1,000 credits to use at the hotel’s restaurants or spa, buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, it’s the perfect opportunity to splurge on the whole family.

What’s more, kids ages 12 and below eat for free while sharing buffet meals with parents. And just for this holiday season, an additional 20% off is given on ala carte treatments at the Willow Stream Spa and at the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

Don’t miss out on this special treat by using the code PXM1 when you book your stay. Or CLICK HERE to find out more about Raffles Festive Offers.


And while you’re at Raffes Makati, don’t forget to dine at the newly-opened French Restaurant, Mireio. A Provencal-inspired brasserie-style restaurant that takes its cue from the rich traditions of the French coast. Experience the south of France starting December 12 at Raffles Makati!

PS: A portion of the proceeds of the Christmas Afternoon Tea will go to help the Manila Symphony Orchestra in securing a permanent home.

Established in 1926 by Viennese conductor Alexander Lippay, the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is one of the first orchestras established in Asia and is currently the most vibrant and active symphony orchestra in the Philippines. It is composed of 60 committed musicians under the musical direction of Prof. Arturo Molina. Among its members are some of the most respected orchestra musicians in the country–many have been major prize winners in music competitions, while several have trained abroad and are in important teaching posts in the leading music conservatories in the country.

Remember that even the best of musicians are struggling artists, so your Christmas contribution goes a loooong way. ;)

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Have a very Merry Christmas at Raffles & Fairmont Makati! :-*


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