- Some people are tired of going to the same venue for a birthday party, over and over again.
- Here are some fresh suggestions for venues. This could be a could starting point for further research.
So now that you’re probably well-versed with what I call the stalwarts in venue offerings (think Whitespace, Blue Leaf, Greenmeadows, etc.), I thought that people might be interested in really nice venues that, for some reason or another, they’ve never even heard of.
This list of “hidden gems” can be quite a useful tool for further research. Now buckle up, because trust me, I will show you some venue suggestions that will make you think, now why didn’t I think of that?
THE “HIDDEN GEM” VENUES IN METRO MANILA
1. BLUE LEAF COSMOPOLITAN
I decided to open this list with a venue that I’m quite sure you’ve never heard of, because well, it doesn’t even exist yet! Brought to you by the same people who masterminded Blue Leaf McKinley and Blue Leaf Filipinas (along Macapagal Ave.), you will be sure that the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan is another venue worthy of being a stalwart.
The Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan is conveniently located further up north than its counterparts in Taguig and Pasay, more specifically in sprawling Quezon City.
The venue is set to open on September 2016
What I Like: Blue Leaf being Blue Leaf, I am expecting tasteful interiors, high ceiling, ample parking, and of course, impeccable, top notch service.
Address: Robinsons Bridgetowne, Quezon City
Contact person: Iris Anne N. Gangan
Contact number: +63 2 898 2583, +63 917 868 2583
2. METROTENT CONVENTION CENTER
Metrotent in my opinion is one of the most overlooked venues in Metro Manila. Why so? I actually do not know why, because I see a lot good things in this venue. Think of Metrotent as a better Centris Elements, or a bigger White Space. I actually styled a party last weekend at this venue, so I’m going to share with you some shots from this event:
What I Like: Metrotent has 2 really strong factors going for it – its massive size (half of the tent can accommodate 400-500 seated guests already!), and its sprawling parking space. Other things I like: ample airconditioning (this is a bit surprising considering the huge size of the venue), central location (in Pasig), high ceiling, and minimal interior (easy to style). The only downside that I can see is their rate (check it out below).
Address: Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Ave, Ortigas, Pasig City
Contact person: Alfred Dillupac
Contact number: +63 2 217 0605, +63 917 552 0981
3. ASTORIA CHARDONNAY
This is truly a rare venue option for anybody, and I know this because I’ve never done a party here before! However, this could be a truly viable option for any birthday celebration. The venue capacity is mid-sized, good for about 150 pax or 15 tables, the interior is lushly decorated, and the ceiling intricately designed.
What I Like: Accessible location (Pasig City), no rental fee (only a per-person catering fee), elegant interior.
Address: 352 Captain Javier Street, along Valle Verde Country Club Pasig City
Contact person: Anna Kristine P. Miranda
Contact number: +632 687 1111 (loc 8011)
4. SAMPAGUITA GARDENS
Again, another venue that I have never styled myself, but is certainly intriguing. The famed Sampaguita Gardens is a literal hidden paradise tucked away in the heart of the San Juan/Quezon City border, along Valencia Street. Unknown to most people, Sampaguita Gardens actually offers 3 separate venues: The Events Place (picture below), The Vera Perez Gardens, and The Ancestral Home.
What I Like: Accessible location (Pasig City), elegant interior, and a paradise-like exterior.
Address: 36 Valencia Street, Barangay Valencia, Quezon City
Contact person: Jennifer Alonte
Contact number: +632 475 7053, +63 927 917 1605
5. CENTURY MALL EVENTS CENTER
What I Like: Good for those based in Makati/South area, ample parking (park at the mall), lots of daylight, clean, minimal interior.
Address: Level 5, Century City, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St.,, Brgy. Poblacion
Contact number: 705 6200 local 104 ,705 6200 local 103 , 09173058152
6. THE TENTS AT ALPHALAND SOUTHGATE
Here’s another suggestion – try out the Tents at Alphaland (you that building along EDSA near the Magallanes flyover?). The venue looks very inviting and spacious, plus, if you have an afternoon party, you get to enjoy the sunset!
What I Like: Accessible location, great view, modern, simplistic interior, ample venue capacity (300-400 persons)
Address: 2258 Chino Roces Avenue Corner EDSA, Makati City, Philippines
Contact person: Ruby Santos
Contact number: +632 337 2031
7. CITIES EVENTS PLACE
A lesser known venue is a place (building) called Cities Events Place. This intimate building actually houses 3 potential venues – the Main Hall (picture below), the Deck (great for outdoor parties/cocktails, evening events), and the Bar (small area good for a night of music). Although a little bit on the smaller side, the Main Hall is nevertheless richly adorned in textures and can be decorated with style.
What I Like: Convenient location (near Tomas Morato area), well designed interior, intimate venue capacity.
Address: #30 Sgt Esguerra St. Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City
Contact number: : +632 376 1892, +632 361 8494, +632 921 5588
So that about wraps it up. I hope these new and fresh venue options will give you ideas fit for further consideration.