When my Lovey & her Ate attended a Fan Fest (festival) at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila, they regaled me with stories of how big & grand the ballroom actually is. It spanned from one end to the other side of the building & they had a blast discovering every nook & cranny of the entire second floor as they waited for the course of the Youtube Fanfest to develop. Naturally my curiosity was piqued because I’ve also been reading about its lavish opening, plus my girls were gushing & telling me “Mommy you HAVE to see it it’s so big & pretty!”
So when my new friends at Marriott Hotel Manila sent me an invite for the ribbon-cutting ceremony tied with a James Ingram concert at the Grand Ballroom following suit, I accepted with a very glad heart. It was definitely something I wouldn’t miss for the world. Plus a dressed up night out on the town with my Kap? Woot! <3
The opening of the Marriott Grand Ballroom was celebrated in high style! Kap & I were so honored & thrilled to have been a part of this momentous occasion.
Many thanks to these beautiful gals for such an awesome day with my Bae! Michelle “Mitch” Garcia, Director of Marketing & Communications (L), and my dear friend Aimee Lagman, Assistant Marketing Manager of Marriott Hotel Manila. I love you ladies! <3
The Marriott Hotel Manila Grand Ballroom is separated from the hotel proper but a bridge connecting both is under works. In the meantime, there is a shuttle available, or you can park at the basement level of the Grand Ballroom itself. Spacious, and parking is free. Marriott Grand Ballroom is a four storey building, complete with all-purpose halls, meeting rooms, and dining outlets with 6 levels of basement parking that houses 1,505 underground parking spaces.
At the Lobby: Marriott Grand Ballroom replicated in 150 kilos of chocolate!! This chocolate masterpiece is hand-sculpted by 3 of Marriott Hotel Manila ‘s pastry chefs led by internationally acclaimed chocolatier, chef Christopher Balane. This was completed after 100 hours of dedicated work! I was SO tempted to pop in my mouth a car or 2! ;))
Part 1: Ribbon Cutting & Dragon Dance
The gorgeous host in a red suit, made by JC Buendia. Very chic yet dapper, with a pop of striking turquoise. Great color combination. Brings out the glow radiating from within. The VIPs: (L-R) 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
I thoroughly enjoyed the lengthy dragon dance & I was able to capture it on video to share with you! <3 See below!
A superb 7-course chinese lunch followed suit & was served at the Diplomatic Hall.
Media table, Kap kept snickering at me. Level up na daw ako! :P
Roasted suckling pig with steamed butterfly bun.
Double boiled fish maw soup. If you like sibut, the taste is similar. Kap & I enjoyed it immensely as we love sibut.
Sauteed king prawns. They weren’t kidding when they mentioned KING! <3
Steamed live pink garoupa. With my gentleman of a husband serving me. He takes his job as my provider seriously. :) I love having him along because he always takes such good care of me & makes me feel like a lady every single time no matter how long we’ve been married. *insert googly eyes here
Steamed live south african abalone. Now you know that the Marriott people really brought out the big guns for this fabulous luncheon.
I loved the clean taste of this Poached asparagus. Perfect palate cleanser.
And to cap it off, fresh & light Exotic fruit salad with calamansi sorbet lying on a disc made of white chocolate for dessert. It was really a great & highly enjoyable lunch.
Part 2: The James Ingram Concert
Kap & I were huge James Ingram fans in the 80’s so this was a travel down memory lane for us lovebirds. <3 As you can see, the Grand Ballroom is really massive, able to accommodate all of 160 tables (with room to spare)! The Grand Ballroom was filled to capacity with more than 1,600 guests just for the concert alone. blessings for us really do come in many form. <3
At the Diplomatic Hall where overflowing cocktails were served prior to the 5-course dinner proper.
Lechon, Oysters & Champagne, all the seafood you can think of, cheese & cured meats, bread. Everything in abundance. This was one fab celebration that I was happy I didn’t miss.
From corporate to posh & fab! Again, thank you to my beautiful friends Mitch (L) & Aimee (R) of Marriott Hotel Manila for a very magical night!
Notwithstanding the 1,600 guests, Marriott Hotel Manila was able to pull it off with a very highly organised & efficient team. Kudos to you Marriott! *claps
From morning to night. It’s a good thing Marriott Hotel Manila was somewhat near our home so Kap & I were able to freshen up & change. We clean up nice, right? ;)
Roasted US Angus Beef Tenderloin. With Bautista farm vegetables, potato confit, oxtail, burgundy jus.
Made more delicious as we listened to the songbird sing some of her favorite hits.
St. Honore Calamansi. Light vanilla cream, dulce de leche ice cream. Especially mad eby guest chef Elle Vire Professionel, from Toulouse France.
And some Felchlin chocolate truffles with coffee. Simply delightful! <3
Finally! James Ingram, LIVE! <3
Not “Just Once” but twice; two-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song James Ingram graced his presence for the grand opening of the Marriott Grand Ballroom last July 1, 2015 together with Nightingale Ms. Lani Misalucha.
Since the beginning of his career in 1973, Ingram has charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, as well as thirteen top 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In addition, he charted 22 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart (including two number 1s). He had two No. 1 singles on the Hot 100: the first, a duet with fellow R&B artist Patti Austin, 1982’s “Baby, Come to Me” topped the U.S. pop chart in 1983; “I Don’t Have the Heart”, which became his second number 1 in 1990 was his only number 1 as a solo artist.
In between this period he also recorded the song “Somewhere Out There” with fellow recording artist Linda Ronstadt for the animated film An American Tail. The song and the music video both became gigantic hits. Ingram provided the vocals to “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways” on Quincy Jones’s album The Dude, which earned him triple Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. “One Hundred Ways” won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his work.
James was last seen in the Philippines for his 2012 concert. Tickets included a five-course dinner meal. Show started promptly at 8PM.
Kap patiently took a video for me to upload & share with you. Enjoy the link BELOW for “There’s No Easy Way”! :-*
The Marriott Grand Ballroom is an 8,000 sqm meetings facility that houses the Philippines’ largest hotel ballroom with 3,000 sqm of function space that can accommodate up to 4,000 guests. It features world class state of the art technology, including the only ballroom that uses SkyFold Technology – vertical folding partitions that comes from the ceiling, and 176 Programmable Pillow Ceiling Lights. Aside from the ballroom there are 28 versatile multifunction spaces including 6 VIP boxes, 2 ballrooms and 3 dining outlets.
Kap & I have been to many weddings & seen many ballrooms in our lifetime but my girls were right, this one was really exceptionally grand as it can accommodate 2.5k round tables, or 4k people theatre style.
Napatingin tuloy ako kay Kap. Marry me again Honey! Dito ang reception natin. He gave me a look that says.. For you, I’ll find 100 ways! Nuks. ;)
Thank you for loving me & always finding 101 ways to do it Honey! :-*
“One Hundred Ways”
Compliment what she does, send her roses just because.
If it’s violins she loves, let them play.
Dedicate her favourite song, and hold her closer all night long.
Love her today, find one hundred ways
Being cool won’t help you keep a love warm, you’ll just blow your only chance.
Take the time to open up your heart, that’s the secret of romance.
Sacrifice if you care, buy her some moonlight to wear.
If it’s one more star she wants, go all the way.
In your arms tonight, she’ll reflect that she owes you the sweetest of debts.
If she wants to pay, find one hundred ways.
Love her today, Find one hundred ways.
And thank you Marriott Hotel Manila for the love na umaapaw! :-*