Last week, I was pleased to receive an invite from Ms. Aimee Lagman, Assistant Marketing Communications Manager of Marriott Hotel Manila, for the launch of Marriott Grand Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in the Philippines. Stellarly written, the e-invitation read “Journey the cosmic space of the newest facility with an out-of-this-world entertainment and superior culinary fête. Attire: Out of this world. On July 3, 2015 at 6:30PM, we are taking off in 5, 4, 3, 2…See you in space!”

As soon as my eyes met the end of the line, I felt excited and looked forward to the “wow” factor Marriott Grand Ballroom had yet to unleash. For sure, there would be creative genius infused as part of the theme. I imagined starry decorations, black lights, and glow-in-the-dark costumes all inside a dark hall into a “galaxy” far, far away.

The day finally came and it was time to enjoy the party. It was Friday night after a busy day at work, after all! In this post, let me share with you the five things I loved most about the Marriott Grand Ballroom Launch (Cocktail Party Event). 🙂

with Marjorie

5 Things I Loved About The Marriott Grand Ballroom Launch

1. Suspense Injected in the Entrance Intro

Unlike regular cocktail parties, Marriott Grand Ballroom event director’s sense of creativity must be really up there when it comes to offering suspense from the entrance point of guests. While waiting for event’s launch, I spent time catching up with my blogger friends. We were offered food and drinks outside and were left wondering on what was to come.

Later, all guests gathered to the end of the waiting hall and positioned cameras to capture the moment. Ushered into a space warp, we saw nothing but darkness and flash was not allowed. Apparently, we have entered a black hole where glittered lights/stars through the walls and high ceiling with matching the sound effects were revealed. Wow! It was amazing and thrilling to witness! With all the drama, we knew we were ready for the lift off—to outer space. 😛

2. Largest Ballroom with 8,000 Square Meters of Function Space

As mentioned, Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom is now the largest ballroom in the country. This makes it a great venue for weddings, meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and other large-scale social events. Its main ballroom (occupying 3,000 sqm) can house 4,000 guests for cocktails and 2,500 guests on a banquet setup.

3. High-tech Interior Design

Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom is fitted with not only the most glamorous and exquisite design but also with world class state-of-the-art technology. It’s the only ballroom by far that uses SkyFold Technology that consists of vertical folding partitions from the ceiling and 176 programmable pillow ceiling lights. Wow! I loved the variety of colors and lights used to amp a “space” effect; they looked so enchanting.

with Stacy and Nadine

4. Unique Performances on Stage

With the large venue and complementing decorations in place, the performers on stage showed fantastic exhibitions with their unique dance choreography. The crowd went “oohs” and “aahs” over the different acts demonstrated. In the end, Marriott Hotel Manila executives were introduced and Mr. Bruce Winton, General Manager at Marriott International, gave a short but meaningful speech.

5. Gastronomic Feast

Last but definitely not the least, we had a gastronomic feast in the Marriott Grand Ballroom grand launch. 🙂 There were no rocket-ship sandwiches, but delightful cocktail food and drinks were served. We had different kinds of ham and cheese, bread, seafood, Peking duck rolls, and beef caldereta among others. They were classy, tasty, and substantial enough for dinner. 🙂

About Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Hotel Manila stands as a centerpiece of the dynamic and exciting mixed-use development of Resorts World Manila, located directly opposite Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. The hotel currently offers 342 spacious guestrooms and suites and will open the West Wing in early 2016 adding an additional 228 luxuriously appointed rooms.

Marriott Hotel Manila | Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay, Philippines 1309
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Contact Numbers: 632.988.9999 loc. 8260/8299, 632.988.9946


Health and technology freak. Food and lifestyle blogger with a large appetite for food and travel.

37 Responses

  1. Jeannette

    Wow – what a beautiful room! I love how bit it is and that it’s functional for so many different types of events! I’d love to have an event there but I”d have to have them serve all that food you got to enjoy!

  2. lisa

    The Marriott Grand Ballroom looks phenomenal. I’m amazed at the size of the ballroom (although it is a “grand” ballroom) and all the food looks delicious.

  3. Neha Sultan

    Well whoever went to the event surely had a blast. It really is huge and events were amazing just by looking at the pics. I am Marriott fan now I am even more impressed.

  4. Echo

    What an amazingly themed launch and a super incredible ballroom space! I can only imagine that it must have been “Out of this world” to have been there!

  5. Joanne T Ferguson

    This sounds like such a wonderful event! I always like experiencing events like this through other people’s eyes! I am a big fan of the Marriott!

  6. Ourfamilyworld

    What a fabulous event. I love staying at Marriott and their service is impeccable. You all looked like you had fun and the food looks delicious.

  7. Jeanine

    Wow, talk about a grand time! Looks like a lot of fun and the grand ballroom looks amazing!What a wonderful event.

  8. Jessica Simms

    What a grand event! It looks like a lot of fun as well as yummy, That food seem’s out of this world delicious. That cake looks so huge I wonder if everyone was able to finish it all lol.

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That is one huge bowl of meat there at the luncheon. I would have hated to be the chef who prepared it. Everything about this place looks cool, too!

  10. Rosey

    I can see why you loved it. The Marriott really knows how to celebrate!

  11. Bluedreamer27

    what a great event Roch.. is it weird to like those juice-filled jetpacks hehe.. wow the amount of guests they can occupy is so overwhelming.. and what a feast you got there… everything looks amazing.. thanks for sharing this event ^_^

  12. Lynndee

    What a fabulous event! I love the high-tech interior design as well. And the food look superb. Now I’m hungry.

  13. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    I’ve never seen a grand ballroom so beautiful in my life. The Philippines certainly has a different style than we do in the US. The food looks amazing, I’m such a foodie I couldn’t overlook the goodness.

  14. Ann B

    This looks like it was so much fun. I love going to events like this.

  15. Ishmael F. Ahab

    Interesting. Marriot really poured everything in this event. That is not surprising since they are out to please the guest and show to the world their Grand Ballroom.

  16. Pal Raine

    What a huge space they have, extremely high ceilings and well furnished and designed to be very cozy.

    And the foods are great too! Big time!

  17. Shirgie Scf

    I must say you had a great time during this event. I like how it looks like there’s a comic con ongoing on the party..haha.. or it’s just me. This is indeed a grand party. I wish I have attended this too.

  18. CourtneyLynne

    OMG what a fabulous event! When I lived in Orlando we had the Marriot & Ritz connected at Grand lakes and they use to throw similar events! So miss them!!!!

  19. Gil Camporazo

    wow…. the show is super, superb, amazing… everything is well prepared. i know everybody who is in attendance is well entertained, well fed so to speak.

  20. Katie Reed

    Wow, they went all out for this event. It looks spectacular and the food looks incredible. I have always loved the elegance of the Marriott.

  21. Louise

    Looks like a great time you had there Rochkirstin. That ballroom does look huge! Well, at least we now have an idea where the next big events will take place. Hehe.


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