Exclusive Preview: Inside The Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Manila

If you are curious about that new building that's situated beside Marriott Manila within the Resorts World Manila vicinity, then you should know that you are in for a BIG surprise. Just like what happened to me when I was invited to the Media Press Conference of the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

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By the time that I arrived at the venue, I couldn't imagine any other place that can be compared with the Marriott Grand Ballroom. And all along I thought it was just a new function room at the hotel, but my oh my, it was that same new building that is located beside Marriott Manila.

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INTRODUCTION
The actual program was held at the Diplomatic Hall, where most of the guests are part of the media, publications, and other influential figures within the hospitality and travel industries.

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And joining the panel are International Art Consultant for Melange Interiors Anja Silling along with Marriott Manila representatives Brendan Mahoney - Director for Food and Beverage, General Manager Bruce Winton, Vice President for Food and Beverage Ops in the Asia Pacific Ralph Frehner, Marc Creencia who is the Director for Engineering, Christy Carreon - Director for Marketing and Steven Reily - COO for Resorts World Manila. The event is hosted by the lovely Mitch Garcia, who is also the Director for Marketing and Communications.

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FOOD
But before we get into the action of learning more about Marriott Grand Ballroom, we were able to try the scrumptious menu which was prepared for us by the award winning Culinary Team behind Marriott Manila, starting with the Norweigan Salmon Tartar with an interesting tamarind reduction that is absolutely wonderful.

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Norweigan Salmon Tartar Lemon Mustard with brioche crisp and gardens greens
Next up: our soup is made with a unique combination of beef brisket pieces, potato hash and a perfectly poached egg yolk that gets all mixed in with a smooth potato cream that is slowly poured into the bowl by the servers. Mix everything in until the flavors incorporate and I must say it's good that we had baskets of bread on our table to sop all the goodness from my bowl.

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Velvet Potato Cream - beef brisket, potato hash, poached egg yolk
Marriott Manila is definitely proud of their steaks (their Cru Steakhouse remains as one of the best steakhouses in Manila) which was why it was just perfect for us this slab of Austrilian Veal Tenderloin, cooked with the sous vide technique, served with a simple rogout of vegatables, green pea puree and truffle veal jus. 

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Sous Vide Australian Veal Tenderloin Organic Vegetable Ragout with green pea puree truffle veal jus
It's the first time I've ever tried anything done semifredo and coconut is the perfect ingredient to use as a very unique ending to our meal. It's a cross between the high-end panna cotta and the local maja blanca without the corn kernels. Pair it with a bit of Mango Lychee Compote and I had one of the best lunches in my entire existence.

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Coconut Semifredo Popsicle with Mango Lychee Compote
Having to experience this intricately prepared menu, I would have to say that with Marriott Grand Ballroom, you can never go wrong in terms of the type of food that you want to have for all your special events. A very good job to to Marriott's F&B Team!

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MY MARRIOTT GRAND BALLROOM 'FIELD TRIP'
Just a few minutes after we finished our meal, little did we know that we will be touring the whole of Marriott Grand Ballroom right after! To this, we had to separate into two groups, both with fantastic tour guides, so we get to actually know the look and feel of the massive events venue.


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ARTWORKS
Melange Interiors International Art Consultant Anja Silling shows us a few of the hundred pieces of artworks from local and international artists, backed with the concept of putting up a wonderfully designed space that's fit for global markets, but at the same time, you just can't lose that 'Filipino approach' that reminds you of hospitality and friendliness.

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MEETING AND FUNCTION ROOMS
There are lots of rooms that can accommodate various meetings and conferences, which I believe is perfect for many companies. Look at this meeting room, for instance? Would you agree if I feel that this meeting rooms was how I used to see them in Hollywood movies? Hehe.

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THE MAIN BALLROOM
Meanwhile, we get into the heart of the Marriott Grand Ballroom, which also acts as a major venue for big weddings, concerts and series, MICE segments, exhibitions and other shows. Even huge company parties can very well fit into this venue!

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Imagine full sized basketball courts, or a parking space enough for airplanes and a jet! It's so big that it has three automated accordions which is state of the art Skyfold technology (or in layman's term, these are vertical folding walls) that are operated instead of manually moving them. How cool is that!! If I may recall, it can go up in as fast as 5 minutes per accordion.

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The 'Light Pillows' situated above the main ballroom (see photo below) can even change into a whopping 360 colors! Just looking at it makes you feel like you are watching a grand spectacle that's just magnificently executed.

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You can also see that there are designated VIP areas, which are intended for those who prefer observing and watching any event that's happening within the main ballroom.

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THE KITCHEN
Moving onto the next area inside the Marriott Grand Ballroom, their kitchen is beautifully done with the best cooking and food preparation equipment to ensure that the quality of the dishes being served are of high standards. 

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It's the first time I have ever been inside an over-the-top professional kitchen and I am very lucky I was able to capture myself in it! Here I am at their Chinese/Asia Preparation Area.

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After that quick kitchen visit, we then saw this HUGE service elevator that's so massive that even this Discovery Vehicle was able to fit inside comfortably, which proves that even events such as Car and Transportation Shows can be done with minimum effort at the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

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We headed at the topmost floor where there are also outdoor areas available for intimate parties and events. The places hasn't been completely done when we visited the are about a month ago but who know? Soon enough your next event can be held here!

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Near the VIP areas at the main ballroom, private function rooms are also available, this time for smaller cocktail parties and startup launches, perhaps. I never really took a closer look at the tables but actually they are made with LED so yeah, it's normal that the colors of the tables are actually changing from time to time.

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PARTY VENUES FOR SMALL AND BIG FUNCTIONS
But wait, there's more! As we went down back to the ground floor, we saw a number of elegant set-ups that's perfect if you are planning to have your celebrations such as birthday parties and weddings. It's great to see that Marriott Hotel Ballroom can very well accommodate ANY kind of event that you desire to have.

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IN-HOUSE EVENT SPECIALISTS
And because the people from Marriott Grand Ballroom would only want the best service that you deserve to have, even they have got in-house meetings and events specialists to cater to your specific needs. You may simply contact them or visit their office and see theur sample table set-ups complete with more artworks that compliment their office very well.

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They even have their own cake designer! Just look at the beautiful details in this cake. Very nice!

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PLUS: THREE NEW AND EXCITING DINING DESTINATIONS
Mian, an Asian noodle bar and Allegro, a gourmet coffee shop are just located beside each other inside the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

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ALLEGRO
We first visited Allegro, which is a cross between a coffee shop, a quick deli, a quick sushi bar (yes they serve maki sushi rolls too) and a dessert bar. You can literally choose from different kinds of cakes placed inside these cute jars, and feel free to pick any type of cold prepared sandwiches while waiting for a meeting.

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Just look at all these pastries lined up at Allegro. You can tell that everything is made fresh daily.

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MIAN
If you are a sucker for noodles, then Mian offers unique noodle dishes that are freshly cooked when you order. It's a good place to satisfy your Chinese food cravings, including dumplings, rice bowls and, drinks and desserts.

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PRODUCTION/EVENT STAFF DINING AREA
To keep your manpower organized, there is actually a designated area for them to settle whenever events are being held in Marriott Hotel Manila, complete with TV and WIFI. Here, you can choose from many affordable meals that will also satisfy your staff's hunger, since they are the people who need lots of energy to fulfill their duties.

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You may talk to the event specialists at Marriott Grand Ballroom to customize the food that you wish to be served by the staff.

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STAFF BENEFITS AT MARRIOTT MANILA
With the many opportunities inside the Marriott Grand Ballroom, another thing that we should be proud of is the fact that they are here to create more jobs for us locally. And look at some of the benefits that they have at Marriott. Check out their own Department Store like area where they can choose their uniforms for the day (they always return their clothes at this area after work which are then dry cleaned by the hotel itself - no more hassles in their laundry!)

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Of course, free meals are provided every day as well! Complete with relaxation facilities such as television, WIFI and even an area to sleep! Now that's how you take care of employees :)

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PARKING SPACES
Marvel at the glory of Marriott Grand Ballroom's 1,505 parking spaces across six levels. I wonder if they would run out of spaces for some of their events?

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CREMA
And after a number of hours of going around Marriott Grand Ballroom, our last stop was at Crema, which is another upscale coffee shop, where I just had some of the best homemade yogurt with all the toppings you can find. I liked mine plain, and so after that rigorous but enjoyable field trip, I felt so productive and very happy!

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Of course, I won't be leaving the building without taking a photo with my KTG buddies, who were all equally tired but amazed on how things went during that fine afternoon. And we all agreed on the same thing: the Marriott Grand Ballroom is amazing, jaw dropping and spectacularly executed! I won't be surprised with how busy things are going with the Marriott Manila Team when I come back here soon!

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Learn more about the Marriott Grand Ballroom on their official Facebook Page today!
https://www.facebook.com/marriotthotelmanila?fref=ts

Check out the official press release of Marriott Grand Ballroom (to know all the specifics) here.

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*This post was written by the writer's own thoughts on Marriott Grand Ballroom.

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