Check out how entertainment hub Solaire Resort and Casino welcomed 2014 with its VIP party show.
I had fun joining the festivities filled with sumptuous food, dancing and special effects that featured performances by Pops Fernandez and Joey G of Side A.
Welcoming 2014 at Solaire's Ballroom
The night gathered VIPs, tourists, families and friends from business, media and entertainment. Everyone enjoyed partying together with the warm hospitality of Solaire executives.
According to Solaire's Strategic Alliances Manager Romina Gervacio, the energy is high and positive for 2014.
"2014 is the Year of Horse and we’re off to gallop toward a time of prosperity, fast victories, unexpected adventure and surprising romance based on Chinese chart," said Gervacio.
John Gaddi, Consul of Monaco to the Philippines Fortune Ledesma, Liz Fisher from Hollywood CA, Sonny Tanchanco
Toko Goda Lee, Dr. George Sarakinis, Manuela Mueller, Brent Hemenway
JP Tanchanco, Jonina Tanchanco, Brian Tanchanco
We were welcomed to cocktails and party music in the ballroom foyer area dressed up as an ultra lounge club with a live DJ booth, lights and visual effects.
The hip DJ booth at the ultra lounge area
Then, we were led to the VIP section of the Solaire Grand Ballroom for the dinner show.
Everyone appreciated mingling around with loved ones during dinner and cocktails while the music of the bands Marmalade and Pure Sound helped us get into the new year groove.
Becky Garcia and Dr. George Sarakinis
I enjoyed the sumptuous 4-course dinner they served paired with some Beringer Founder’s Estate Cabarnet Sauvignon. My fave dish of the night was the "Solaire Stunner" made up of 24-carat gold flakes with goose liver torchon, blueberry compote, and vanilla glaze. It was my first time to try 24-carat edible gold flakes on food. The dish was a perfect fit for the occasion. It made me feel prosperous knowing that I started the year with 24-carat gold in my bloodstream.
The New Year's menu also included Lobster and pumpkin bisque with snow crab, Prime beef tenderloin and Manjari chocolate
Glasses of Ampelidae Armance B were available to everyone
The highlight of the night was a headline show featuring concert queen Pops Fernandez & Joey G. of the side A band. Everyone enjoyed the show that incorporated exciting 3-dimensional projection and video mapping effects.
The mix of songs from the program created a diverse new year atmosphere of fun and romance that started with heartwarming ballads. I had fun watching couples in the audience kiss their loved ones on cam for the new year. Then, Joey and Pops helped create an energetic build-up that led to the toasting ceremony and 2014 countdown.
Joey and Pops serenade's the crowd with a special number by Robin Nievera
Guests greet the year with dancing and good vibes
At the strike of midnight, everyone greeted 2014 singing to "Auld Lang Syne," with champagne glasses in our hands as we danced to the upbeat songs of the live band and the performers.
Budhrani Family enjoying New Year
Cesca Litton, JP Tanchanco, Kat Ramnani
The program culminated with a dance number by the Hot Legs and a fireworks show outside of Solaire that we were able to view on stage thru live feed.
Everyone affirmed the spirit of peace and prosperity as we greeted the year dancing with love and happiness in our hearts. Cheers to a Superb 2014!
Visit Solaire Resort and Casino located at Entertainment City: 1 Solaire Boulevard, Entertainment City, Manila Telephone: +632 888-8888
John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.
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