Mitzi Ilagan |

Christmas is not just about giving, because for most Filipinos, this is the best time to gather the whole barkada and clan again. But when one’s from the northernmost part of Manila and the other comes all the way from Batangas, the venue becomes the problem. December also is the time when most people dine out, that is why you couldn’t find restaurants which aren’t too crowded anymore. So, here are 8 locations where you could pull that 5-years-in-the-making reunion this 2016:

Tradisyon, Azalea Residences Baguio

Aside from the usual setting of a hotel restaurant, Tradisyon offers a dining experience fit for families and groups of friends. There, you could savor both Filipino and international dishes as you spend a December night in the summer capital of the Philippines.

Cafe at the Ranch, MGM Farm Batangas

You need not to worry about crowded restos and polluted streets because in a piece of heaven tucked away in a farm in Taal, Batangas is Cafe at the Ranch. It is a restaurant which serves pasta, rice meals, breakfast meals, and desserts with a taste of Taal’s delicacies. Also, located in the Tagaytay-like farm are resthouses which you could rent for the family’s extended vacation.

Enchanted Kingdom

When you think that it’s all about the kids this season, the Enchanted Kingdom would be the best venue for your whole clan. This amusement park in Laguna has lots of rides and attractions perfect for fun bonding moments where both kids and the adults would enjoy.

Chef Laudico’s Feast

If you’re a family who couldn’t go for celebrations without preparing food like a feast, then you could try celebrating your reunion this year at Chef Laudico’s Feast in Clark, Pampanga. This buffet which serves both Filipino delicacies and international food is owned by Chef Laudico and Chef Jackie. You’ll surely feel homey in this restaurant (especially if you have a balikbayan relative) because of the familiar food and the fiesta vibes around the location.

Pico De Loro Beach & Country Club

Get the summer-in-December vibes in this exclusive resort in Batangas, where families and even group of friends could enjoy the amenities as they bond together. The resort has room accommodations, swimming pool with the view of the man-made lake, white sand beach, and a variety of dishes which you could enjoy near the poolside.

Vikings Luxury Buffet

What’s a Christmas reunion without lots of food? In Vikings Luxury Buffet, all family members could savor on varieties of food offerings, from seafood, Japanese cuisine, different kinds of meat, pasta, and of course, desserts.

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