Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grad Gimmicks for Batch ‘12

Now that school's out and summer's in, it's time to celebrate with good food and the good company of your friends.
By Ana Valenzuela, · Wednesday, April 4, 2012 · 9:09 am

Nothing in life can be as memorable as the day one walks off that stage, the dean shakes your hand, moves the tassel to the other direction.  You’ve finally made it through the four years of college and it is all encapsulated in this one memory of graduation.
To cap off that day and moment, celebrate with family and friends with style. Here are our suggestions.
Dine out with the gang
Resorts World in New Port City, Pasay City offers discounts and freebies at selected restaurants especially for newly grads through April 30. Get a free White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for every single receipt purchase worth P300, free dessert over at Café Republiq for a single receipt purchase worth P1,000 , free Pannacotta from Parmigiano for a single receipt purchase worth P1,000 and many other perks from participating establishments. Bring a school ID or any proof of graduation to avail of this special offer.
Most schools hold commencement rites at their own hall, but there are countless others who hold their graduation rites in PICC or CCP. This is why most graduates like to party at the SM Mall of Asia in Bay City, Pasay CityThere are countless restaurants and bar just by the sea side waiting for you and your friends to come and drink cheers to a new chapter in your life.
But if you prefer a more cozy and even more laidback get-together, then you and your friends could opt to go to Dampa at Macapagal Avenue instead.  Find the best deals as you haggle with the selection of fish over at the seafood market and have nearby restaurants such as Aling Tonya’s, Aling Mahsya’s and many others cook the dish that you have been craving for.  
Whether you are with your family or friends, Eastwood City in Bagumbayan, Quezon City provides the perfect backdrop as the place to celebrate that momentous occasion. Treat the whole gang to a fun celebration at Agave, Sizzlin’ Pepper Steak, Bedroom, or Distillery at Eastwood City Walk or go family style at Eastwood Mall’s many restaurant options such as Chuck’s Deli, Dome, Flying Pig, and many more. You’ll definitely find more than one way to enjoy yourself in one of the most important days in the academic life.
Venice Piazza Mall in McKinley Hill, which has been called as the metro’s gourmet oasis, in Fort Bonifacio would not be last in toasting to our newly grads. Sumptuous meals and exciting freebies can be found in establishments such as Carlo’s Pizza, Dencio’s, Old Vine Grille, Little Asia, My Thai and others provide quick fillers, full meals, and desserts. Enjoy the premium offers with a minimum purchase requirement.
In Makati City, at Hotel Intercontinental Manila, enjoy a five-course set menu especially catered for newly grads at its Prince Albert Rotisserie. The set menu is priced at Php2,350++ per person and school graduates can dine for free when accompanied by at least three persons partaking of the said menu. They could also choose to partake of Café Jeepney’s lunch or dinner buffet as it entitles a free buffet meal to newly grads when accompanied by least three adults partaking of the lunch or dinner buffet at regular price. To avail of the offers, the graduate must present his diploma. For reservations and inquiries, (+632) 793-7000.
Have a sleepover
Book an overnight stay in a suite in a hotel with your friends and enjoy the night that says ‘you made it.’ Instead of your previous sleepovers where you diligently finished your term papers or had a study group it’s now time to relax and reward yourself. That is, just before you start hitting the want ads.  There are good deals you can get from group buying sites that would get you discounts from top hotels.
Have yourself a little get-together in the comforts of Discovery Suites' two-bedroom or three-bedroom suites. Photo from suites.
At Discovery Suites at the Ortigas Center in Pasig City, chat and bond with your barkada in the comforts of your suite complete with its own dining area and kitchen. The hotel offers free WiFi, the better for you to check your e-mail greetings or post your grad pics on Facebook. The hotel’s amenities also include a fitness club, swimming pool, and various restaurant outlets. But if you want a bigger celebration, the hotel also provides function rooms with feasts prepared by its renowned culinary team. For reservations and inquiries, call (+632) 719-8888 or 914-9888.

Go beach!
This would probably be the last break you’ll ever be granted before you join the world of minimum wages where vacation leaves need to be requested and scheduled. So enjoy and have fun.  Check out different beaches such as Boracay and Palawan. Find out for yourself why these top beaches are getting all the raves and and enjoy the night life that this top tourist spots have to offer.

Don’t have enough money yet to book a flight to Boracay? Then go instead to nearby beaches inBatangas and Zambales. Your best bet would be Puerto Galera, as the beaches there offer a variety of lifestyle—whether you’re game for watersports activities or partying at night.  White Beach’s resorts often start at P700 and up, depending on room type.
Travel and have fun in the Philippines
If all you’ve been doing the past year was go to school, home, and back again to school, then start the new chapter of your life by explore the Philippines.  Go camping with a group of friends, or go mountaineering. There are a lot of offers online that provide guides in Bicol, Zambales, and others. Go trekking in Mount Pinatubo in Pampanga or even to Taal, Batangas .