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Artists like Lea Salonga, Kuh Ledesma, world-renowned soprano Rachelle
Gerodias, Korean baritone Byeong-In Park, Richard Reynoso, UP Concert
Chorus, and others join The Manila Hotel in a virtual countdown event to mark
the coming of the New Year.

In keeping with the long-standing annual tradition that has been in place since
pre-war times, The Manila Hotel will still hold a New Year Countdown this year
albeit in a different space. Due to the restriction on gatherings, this year’s
welcome to the New Year will be done virtually via a Zoom viewing. With
amazing raffle prizes to be given away.

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Guests and customers of The Manila Hotel can join the Zoom party on
December 31 from 10pm to watch artists share messages of love and hope
through songs, words of encouragement from the hotel’s president Atty Joey
Lina, and a chance to win the amazing prizes at stake. To join, anyone with a
purchase from the hotel is eligible to a raffle ticket for every P3,500 in a single
receipt. This includes dining bills from Café Ilang-Ilang, the Lobby Lounge,
Roma Salon, and even The Manila Hotel’s signature grill restaurant Cowrie
Grill in Greenhills; purchases from The Delicatessen, Lobby Shop, and
Christmas corner; room bookings for FIT guests; promo purchases; and even
Take Out from the regular or the festive menu. Promo period is from Dec 17 to
31, 2020, with cut-off at 10pm on the last day.

The Grand Prize is an overnight stay at the world-famous MacArthur Suite,
worth P500,000 (not convertible to cash). A lavish room in the historic Manila Hotel where war hero General Douglas MacArthur stayed, the stately room
has received many illustrious guests over the years, including kings and
queens, world leaders, and heads of state. Renovated and modernized, the
suite can be booked for special occasions like private dinners and parties, and
a luxurious overnight dwelling. The rest of the prizes are suite room and dining
vouchers, Prestige memberships, and many others.

The Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to many events this year so an online
gathering such as this also gives The Manila Hotel a platform to continue its
service to Filipinos that it began in March with the Mabuhay Meals Food Drive
for Frontliners; and its partnership with groups like the Rotary Club of Makati
Central and others to donate food and PPEs to government-run hospitals like
PGH and the Manila Medical Center, among others.

With this event, the hotel is making all its valued guests partners in an
endeavor that has no extra cost to them or separate purchase needed. Part of
the proceeds of guest purchases eligible in the 2021 Countdown with a Cause
and the raffle will be pooled together to brighten the holidays of displaced
workers in the city of Manila affected by the pandemic through a partnership
with Manila Bulletin’s Bag of Hope.

For more information on The Manila Hotel’s 2021 Countdown with a Cause,
you may call 85270011 or 09989501912. Info and raffle mechanics are also
posted on the Manila Hotel’s Facebook and Instagram accounts (@TheManilaHotel).

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