Makati 2012 New Year’s Eve

Band performing at New Year's Eve in Makati in 2008

After two years (2009-2010) of absence, the New Year’s Eve street party in Makati is back on Dec. 31, 2012, starting at 5:30 pm.

The Makati city mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay has promised a ‘Magical Musical Makati 2012’ countdown party that will highlight a 15-minute spectacular pyro-musical show.

For the last two year years, the New Year’s Eve street parties have been canceled.  In 2009 due to typhoon recovery, and in 2010 due to an oil leak problem in the basement of West Tower Condominium in Barangay Bangkal – which is still more than a mile away from Ayala/Makati Ave. corner.  Go figure…

Makati City will be holding this year’s new years eve countdown featuring a concert of various artists, fireworks show, games, gadgets as raffle prizes and attendees also have a chance to win 1 Million pesos.

Six five-star hotels in the city – the Makati Shang-ri La, Dusit Thani, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula Manila, Intercon and New World Hotel – will offer their New Year menus to the VIP guests during the countdown party, to be mounted at the intersection of Ayala and Makati avenues.

Food booths will also be installed along the stretch of Ayala Avenue together with ground activities.

Prizes to be raffled off include 15 units of Blackberry phones, three iPad units, and a P1-million grand prize are among the prizes to be raffled off to participants during the countdown party on Saturday night.

No cars; preparing New Year's Eve on Ayala/Makati Ave.

The countdown will begin on December 31, 2011, 5:30 pm at Ayala corner Makati Avenue.

PS Be aware of pickpockets at large events like this. They tend to work in groups – with children distracting you and the pickpocket person comes up behind you, or innocent looking adults pushing you into a line of people, while you are waiting at the food stalls or waiting to cross the street etc.

Please leave your handbags and content at home, and do not wear anything valuable – as this is a prime target for pickpockets.  Read more about how pickpockets work and how to protect yourself.

-Dr. Love

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