Manila is now offering a brand new venue for very large conferences with the opening of Marriott Grand Ballroom at the brand new Marriott Manila, a hotel being part of Resorts World Manila, the newest entertainment district developed in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
Marriott Manila is securing its position to be the premiere meeting destination in the country, after officially opening on July 1st its Marriott Grand Ballroom—the Philippines’ largest ballroom. The impressive facility offers a total of over 10,000 square meters of function space with 27 versatile meeting space including six VIP sky boxes, by far the biggest in the Philippine hotel industry.
The main ballroom boasts of 3,000 sqm of pillarless venue that can easily accommodate 4,000 guests for cocktails and 2,500 for banquet setup. This massive venue can be subdivided into four sections and features state-of-the-art technology. It is the only ballroom that uses SkyFold technology—vertical folding partitions that comes from the ceiling—and 176 programmable pillow ceiling lights that change to 360 colors and can adjust the ceiling height from 12 to 10 meters for a more intimate gathering—another first in the Philippines.
The abundant space of the Marriott Grand Ballroom was designed by international hospitality firm professionals Gettys Group with a special emphasize on Filipino heritage. A lighted bamboo statement piece in the ballroom lobby evocates the strong affinity between Filipinos and nature which continues to inspire today artists. The Grand Ballroom houses over a hundred pieces of modern art featuring a mix of local established Philippine artists and international artists as well as custom-made works from designer studios.
All artworks reflect Philippine culture blended with Marriott International art concept that can be seen through statement pieces, such as floral mood wall relief specially made by Melange, timeless works by Tony Twigg, an Australian artist with strong Filipino influences, and art installations by Filipina sculptor Impy Pilapil and Filipino contemporary artist Roberto Robles.
The Marriot Grand Ballroom officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held last July 1 officiated by Karl Hudson, Marriot Hotels area vice president for Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan; Bruce Winton, Marriot Manila general manager; Craig Smith, Marriot Hotels president and managing director of Asia-Pacific; Kevin Tan, executive director of Alliance Global Group Inc.; Kingson Sian, Travellers International Hotel Group president; Antonino Calixto, Pasay City mayor; and Stephen Reilly, Resorts World Manila CEO.