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CHRISTMAS PARTY TIPS


NOVEMBER 17 -Glazed candied fruits (Manila Bulletin) It’s almost Christmas, the season for parties big and small. Almost everyone attends social events from class reunions to family get-togethers and office celebrations. For some, the season also means hosting celebrations for children, co-workers, neighbors and fellow, parishioners. This is the time when the big question is: “What do I serve?” A recent Christmas event at the Manila Hotel provided several ideas which we adjusted for everyone’s budget. KEEP IT SIMPLE The best advice I ever received was from a famous party-giver, whose mantra about everything in life is: “Keep it simple.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Christmas in Baguio activities proposed


NOVEMBER 17 -CHRISTMAS IN BAGUIO. Christmas Village, one of the most visited this yuletide season in Baguio City (Zaldy Comanda / MANILA BULLETIN) 
BAGUIO CITY -– Lawyer Carlos Canilao, Baguio City administrator on Friday, November 4, said activities for the Christmas in Baguio event will be finalized in a meeting with concerned local government unit (LGU) departments by mid-November. Canilao said Christmas in Baguio is an annual event of the city which ushers tourism activities that will extend through the summer season. In the proposed list, on December 1, a giant Christmas Tree will be lighted at the Rose Garden at Burnham Park. Traditionally, the Giant Christmas Tree is lighted at the foot of Session Road until the tree was adopted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA). READ MORE...


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The Christmas tree at the Manila Hotel lobby (Manila Bulletin)

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN LIFESTYLE) Published November 17, 2016, 12:07 AM By Sol Vanzi - It’s almost Christmas, the season for parties big and small. Almost everyone attends social events from class reunions to family get-togethers and office celebrations. For some, the season also means hosting celebrations for children, co-workers, neighbors and fellow, parishioners.

This is the time when the big question is: “What do I serve?” A recent Christmas event at the Manila Hotel provided several ideas which we adjusted for everyone’s budget.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

The best advice I ever received was from a famous party-giver, whose mantra about everything in life is: “Keep it simple.”

READ MORE...

Party-time is not an occasion to experiment on the rare and exotic. Some of the most fun events I have attended served delicious everyday food: pork BBQ, pancit Malabon, bihon guisado, spaghetti, puto, bibingka, tokwa’t baboy, adidas(chicken feet), grilled chicken liver, cocktail sausages, pepperoni, cheese, and grilled pig’s ears.


NOVEMBER 17 -Glazed candied fruits (Manila Bulletin)

During our building’s Christmas open house party, the most popular unit belonged to an artist-neighbor, who served arroz caldo with several accoutrements: tokwa’t baboy, hardboiled egg, salted egg, dried fish, pickled vegetables, smoked fish, fried garlic, chili oil, and ground chicharon.

Another neighbor offered a stack of Arabic flat bread with bowls of olives, herbed yogurt, tomatoes, grilled onions, Feta cheese, lettuce, pickled vegetables and Falafel (chick pea burgers). The bread was brought from an Arabic restaurant for P5 per piece.

The addition of Tex-Mex chili and grated cheddar accommodated lovers of Mexican food as well. Do-it-yourself shawarma, tacos, soft tortillas, and burritos always encourage conversation and guests’ interaction.

CHRISTMAS COLORS


Christmas Carols in the air (Manila Bulletin)

Nothing says Christmas better than the colors red and green together.

For instant ambience, use red and crepe paper and/or papel de hapon instead of expensive table cloth to line the buffet. After the party, simply gather up, crumple into balls, and discard.

Add fresh pine or evergreen leaves that have been thoroughly washed. A couple of potted poinsettia plants could serve as centerpiece. Pretty, practical, and will last through the season.

Buy (or make) cheap red and green aprons and bandannas for yourself and whoever else is assisting guests.

CHEAP THRILLS

Christmas means fruits, gifts, glitter.

Scatter red and green apples on the buffet, either randomly or in large trays and bowls. Mix in for contrasting colors and texture: rambuttan, green native oranges, and small tangerine sweet Chinese kiat-kiat.


Puffs with candy canes (Manila Bulletin)

Wrap empty boxes of all sizes in Christmas gift wrapping paper and ribbons. Scatter all over the house for atmosphere, along with traditional Christmas tree balls.

Buy red paper bags and fill up with native pasalubong: espasol, chicharon, cornik, yema, broas, sweet sampalok, etc. These inexpensive take home souvenirs are treasured by guests of all ages.

DYI FINGER FOOD

Instead of the usual rice-and-ulam buffet, why not try serving lots of finger food?

Before the guests arrive, prepare small bowls of chichirya(packaged snacks): corn chips, fish crackers, peanuts, cornik. That will keep guests busy and munching while you finish up setting the table and making last minute adjustments.

Hot dog buns sliced crosswise make good tiny sandwiches. Fill up with small meat balls, Cheez Whiz, pork BBQ, sliced cheese, grilled chicken liver and hold together with toothpicks.


A roast to serve dozens (Manila Bulletin)

Serve street food with plenty of dips: fried hard boiled quail eggs (tukneneng), fish balls, squid balls, and kikiam.

Skewer fresh fruit cubes: watermelon, honeydew melon, pineapple, apples (unpeeled red and green), and mound on leaf-lined trays.

Buy crinkles (soft chocolate cookies) from the neighborhood bakery (P3 to P5 per piece) and wrap individually in yellow or red cellophane to eat or take home.

With advance planning, there is no reason not to be able to relax and enjoy your own Christmas party.


The Hotel’s Christmas Town officially opens (Manila Bulletin)


Santa Claus, elves, beauty queens, and orphans (Manila Bulletin)


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Christmas in Baguio activities proposed 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 5, 2016, 6:17 PM By Philippines News Agency


CHRISTMAS IN BAGUIO. Christmas Village, one of the most visited this yuletide season in Baguio City (Zaldy Comanda / MANILA BULLETIN) 

BAGUIO CITY -– Lawyer Carlos Canilao, Baguio City administrator on Friday, November 4, said activities for the Christmas in Baguio event will be finalized in a meeting with concerned local government unit (LGU) departments by mid-November.

Canilao said Christmas in Baguio is an annual event of the city which ushers tourism activities that will extend through the summer season.

In the proposed list, on December 1, a giant Christmas Tree will be lighted at the Rose Garden at Burnham Park.

Traditionally, the Giant Christmas Tree is lighted at the foot of Session Road until the tree was adopted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).

READ MORE...

The tree was at one time transferred to the top of Session Road where the rotunda is located until last year.

Designed by Architect Aries Go in cooperation with the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO), the giant Christmas Tree is made out of donated recycled and scrap materials.

Canilao said the usual activities like concerts will still be conducted at the top of Session road and the rehabilitated Malcolm Square (People’s Park) which will also be opened on December 1.

The city’s Christmas Village will also open at Children’s Playground with the lighting of Burnham park including the orchidarium.

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Lantern Parade is set on December 1 starting 6:30 p.m. which will carry the theme,

 “Different Colors of Nations”.


MB FILE - Visitors at the Baguio Country Club Christmas Village (Larry P. Fabian / MANILA BULLETIN) MB FILE

The 43rd edition of “Silahis ng Pasko” will also kick-off on December 1.


Baguio kids join Silahis ng Pasko festivities

The Children’s Mardigras at the Melvin Jones Grandstand will open at 8 a.m. also on December 1 which will feature the search for the Little Miss and Mister “Silahis ng Pasko”, children’s “Kultora-o-rama” and dance fest with day care centers at 2 p.m.

On December 3 is Share A Joy, Baguio children’s Christmas fun alley and raffle joys with little helping hands, newspaper boys, shoeshine boys, baggage boys and bag sellers.

A Palaro and raffle for gift items will be held 9 a.m. at the Camp John Hay bell amphitheater hosted by the John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC).

December 4 is the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet’s Day at the Park with a silent drill at 10 a.m. and a PMA Band Concert at 2 p.m. at Malcolm Square.


SILENT DRILL Philippine Military Academy cadets prepare to “twerk” during a silent drill parade at Burnham Park as they participate in Baguio City’s “Silahis ng Pasko” program. VINCENT CABREZA/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

On December 3 and 4 is the Quest for the Baguio Lucky Christmas Family 2016 who will be given a red carpet reception, accommodations, sightseeing tours including courtesy calls to ranking government officials.

Immaculate Conception Day will be observed on December 8 with a Thanksgiving Mass at 9 a.m. at the Shrine of the Brown Madonna, Km. 7, Asin Road, Tuba, Benguet.

On December 11 is the Baguio City High School dancing and singing Christmas Tree starting 2 am at Malcolm Square hosted by the Baguio-Benguet Market Plaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the SLU-SVP Housing Cooperative.

Canilao said the committee will still look into all these proposed activities and the final list will definitely be ready on December 1.


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