My family and I have been spending Christmas down south for the last 2 years already and so far it has been the most memorable holidays for us. Since we live up north, heading down south for the holidays is always refreshing. Besides, what’s not to love about Alabang? With that, I made a little list about why you should head down south for the holidays:
1. There’s no such thing as “Christmas rush” down south. Well, on weekends there might be a bit of a traffic build up but it’s still not as bad as the malls in Makati or Quezon City. I did my Christmas shopping at the malls in Alabang and I accomplished a lot since it’s not as crowded as the other malls. If you’re planning to do your Christmas shopping down south, it’s only a Skyway away from the hustle and bustle of city. I live in Quezon City and when I drive to Alabang and pass through all these toll gates, I always feel like I’m so far away from home (lol) but really, it’s actually not that bad! Especially if you live in Makati, just take the Skyway and you’ll be in Alabang in 30 minutes or less.
2. It’s laid back. One of the many reasons why I love going to Alabang is the fact that it’s so chill there. Alabang is a quiet and peaceful place. You can relax, take a walk outside and enjoy. You can pretty much go out wearing gym clothes or flip-flops!
3. They have a lot of affordable yet elegant and cozy hotels. 2 years ago we spent Christmas at Acacia Hotel. We had the most amazing experience that we decided to do it again. Last year we spent it at Crimson Hotel. There are 14 of us in the family (yes we’re a big family lol) so we had to book 4 rooms! I also tried Azumi Botique Hotel and it’s very cozy and modern as well. Guess where my family and I are spending Christmas this year? Haha!
4. There are restaurants you wouldn’t find anywhere else. If you’re planning a Christmas dinner with your family or friends, why not head down south? My personal favourites are: Neil’s Kitchen at Westgate (the interiors are amazing and the food is impeccable–you have to try the sinigang paella with grilled pork belly, bagoong paella with kare-kare, cripsy dinuguan fondue plus the Filipino dessert!), Ramen Yushoken at Molito (they have the best authentic ramen I know) and Ice Flower at Molito (there’s literally snow inside the restaurant lol). What’s yours?
5. The Christmas Musical Lights Show at the Filinvest River Park. It’s a beautiful open space with lots of trees, a jogging path, an amphitheatre, restaurants and bars such as: Market Basket, Chef’s Barrel, Asahikawa Bangaichi Ramen, Mati’s Meat and Breads, Red Kitchen, Hog’s Breath Cafe, a huge Starbucks and more! For the whole month of December, they will have these beautiful musical lights show every 30 minutes from 6-9pm. Every Saturday, they also invite different local performers such as Jed Madela, Up Dharma Down (I got to watch them live woot!), Jason Dy (Dec. 19) and Nyoy Volante (Dec. 26). They also have Santa’s Corner for photo ops for the families (lol I tried this one with my friends). The Christmas musical lights show will end with a grand fireworks display every Saturday and Sunday.
Here are some photos from my trip to Filinvest City last week. I got to witness Up Dharma Down perform live while enjoying the beautiful river park while enjoying my steak at Hog’s Breath Cafe. Enjoy! Oh and since it’s Christmas, I have a treat for you guys! Scroll down till the end of this post for a little surprise!
BLOG GIVEAWAY: WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT CRIMSON HOTEL FOR TWO (2):
- Comment on this post with your answer to this question, “What do you love about the south?”
- Choose any photo from this blog post, post it on your Twitter or Instagram account with your answer to the question above. Include the hashtags #FilinvestCity and #DGMNLxFilinvest so that I will be able to track your entries.
That’s it. Easy as pie. You have until December 31 to submit your entries! Good luck and Happy Holidays!