LIST: How and where to celebrate Easter Sunday with your loved ones
As much of the country's Catholic and Christian faithfuls are celebrating Easter Sunday, the most important holiday in their liturgical calendar, several places in the metro are marking the occasion with fun activities, accommodation, and food offerings.
The white and golden day of April 17 would surely be a red-letter day for you and your loved ones with these activities:
Bonifacio High Street's Easter Whimsyland
Bonifacio High Street in Taguig is inviting everybody—from the young to the young-at-heart—to its Easter Whimsyland, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
At the event, you'll get to watch and participate in several games and festivities, including the traditional Easter egg hunting, Easter egg painting, Easter egg relay, and "Minute to Win It" games.
There are also game booths, which include ring toss, balloon darts, buzzer wire, mini basketball, and target shooting.
If your fam will be dining and shopping in BHS until April 15, your kids will be entitled to get specially curated Whimsy baskets (min. P3,000 purchase) and Whimsy woof bags for furbabies (min. P1,000 purchase), filled with treats and goodies. The items may be redeemed on April 17 itself.
City of Dreams Manila's Easter Sunday 'eggstravaganza,' buffet
The City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque will be holding an Ultimate Easter Eggstravaganza in its DreamPlay theme park.
For P2,399 per head, your family may avail of VIP packages at DreamPlay and enjoy the following perks:
- All-day participant pass
- Special Easter tote bag
- Make-your-own Easter egg
- Easter egg cookie baking at Cooking with Gingy
- Easter Egg Hunt inside DreamPlay (starts at 3:00pm)
- Easter Parade and Egg Hunt at The Shops at the Boulevard (starts at 5:00pm)
- One scoop of bubble gum ice cream
- One special dragon pin
- One Astrid bobble head
- Make-your-own Easter Egg
- Express entrance pass
- Express pass for all attractions
For others who are into gastronomical delights, Japanese-themed restaurant Nobu is offering a special buffet menu for the day, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The menu will be available on all Sundays of the year thereafter.
See the menu here. For reservations and inquiries, call (02) 8800-8080 or 8691-2882.
Manila Marriott Hotel's Easter Room package
Want a breath of fresh air and unwind somewhere without taking long-haul flights? Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay might just be the perfect place for your Easter staycation.
Marriott has an Easter room package from April 9 to April 17, with a late checkout time of 2:00 pm.
The Easter staycation includes:
- Accommodation in a Deluxe Room for two adults and two kids below 12 years old
- Breakfast buffet for two adults and two kids below 12 years old
- Lunch buffet or dinner buffet for two adults and two kids below 12 years old at Marriott Cafe
- P500 worth of food and beverage credit at the Pool Bar
- Special turndown amenity
Guests need to present their COVID-19 vaccination cards upon check-in. Check Marriott's website for bookings.
New World Makati Hotel's 'Rustic Rainbow Easter Egg-scape'
New World Makati Hotel is calling on guests to hop along on its Rustic Rainbow Easter Egg-scape.
From April 15 to 17, guests can avail of the Easter staycation package that comes with two passes to the Easter Fair at the poolside. A deluxe package (P7,000) has breakfast for two adults and two kids aged 11 and below, while a residence club deluxe room package (P8,500) also grants exclusive access to the Residence Club Living Room on the 24th floor.
The Rustic Rainbow Easter Fair on April 17 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am, meanwhile, will have several activities like the egg basket of surprises, where kids pick five lucky eggs and get a chance to win an overnight stay, a buffet for two, or an all-you-can-eat dim sum for two, as well as toys and other fun prizes.
Much to the delight of the kids, the fair will have a bouncy castle with a ball pit and slide, a giant bubble show, balloon twisting, and bunny mascot meet-and-greet, as well as art and game booths.
As for the food, native lechon will be on the menu, as various stations will showcase their specialties, from Japanese to Asian cuisine. Freshly-made pizza and pasta, and a premium selection of charcuterie, cheeses, and breads are also up for grabs, as well as Easter-themed sweet treats, from cakes and pastries to chocolates.
For reservations, guests can visit https://bit.ly/NWEasterStay.
Ayala Malls' 'Easter Academy'
Ayala Malls is giving Easter Sunday a twist by launching its Easter Academy. Inspired by school intramurals, Easter Academy is calling on youngsters to reunite with their best friends to put their game faces on and engage in a healthy competition.
They'll gather in groups to complete challenges, including an obstacle course relay, in sports-competition mode.
Parents, guardians, and other non-competing children, meanwhile, may visit the School Fair area for their favorite snacks and nostalgic goodies. As per usual, everybody can take selfies with roaming Easter mascots, as well as donate at toy drives and bring furbabies to an exciting Hide & Treat activity at Barkyard.
Customers will also get an Easter Bunny Pack with a minimum single- or accumulated-receipt purchase of P2,000, from April 11 to 17. A maximum of two Easter loot bags shall be given to customers with receipts with a total value of P4,001 and above. They may claim their goodies at the Redemption Booth near the Concierge from April 16 to 17.
There will also be a series of literacy initiatives in celebration of World Book Day on April 23 at the Ayala Malls Readers Camp, which will be packed with book sales, book swaps, and reading spaces starting April 21.