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Sunday, September 29, 2013

75th Oktoberfest Manila this October 18-19,2013 in Sofitel Manila's Harbor Garden Tent

It will be October once again in the next few days and we’re not excited for the sem break and Halloween, but we are much excited for the Oktoberfest or shall we call it the beerfest month! Here in the Philippines, we celebrate this as early as September, but the official schedule is always in the last week of September up to the early weeks of October. The Oktoberfest is usually celebrated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1810, and it’s a part of the Bavarian culture, but there’s no need to go to Germany just to experience an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, here in the Philippines, we have the celebration and party and marking for its 75th celebration here in Manila, yeah it started on 1906 and thanks to the German Club Manila for bringing the beer fest and friendly cheer here in Manila.

The big celebration will be on October 18-19, 2013, it’s a two day fest at Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s newly renovated Harbor Garden Tent. And for Sofitel, they are celebrating this authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest for its 4th year. For me, this will be my 2nd Oktoberfest, the last one I attended was with the German embassy, and it’s a hell of a party! super fun with lots of over flowing beer and a nice German sausage fest!

At first that Oktoberfest is all about beer, but then I included now sausages in my list of must try whenever there’s an Oktoberfest, but here at the special preview of Sofitel and German Club Manila, I learned not only about drinking the best beer and sausage, but also I learned how to dance that Oktoberfest song, I think the title was – “swim drink strong fly ” -- it’s a nice song with lots of happy dance step, I suggest you watch this clip in Youtube and see how it was done --www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4cYR5973UY

here are the details of the Oktoberfest in Sofitel

event: 75th Oktoberfest Manila 2013
venue: Harbor Garden Tent in Sofitel Philippine Plaza

For inquiries, please call the The German Club Manila at 817 3552 or 818 4236 (for entry and raffle tickets) or Sofitel Philippine Plaza at (632) 832.6988 and (632) 551.5555 ext. 6988 (for room reservation), or email germanclub@germanclub.ph or fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com

join Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/358216330977272/

special offer:
Oktoberfest ticket holders are entitled to book a superior room with special rate of Php5,000 + Spiral breakfast and an additional offer of Php1,200 nett per person.

Oktoberfest proceeds will go to German Club’s welfare projects

live performances: Bavarian Sound Express (Oct 18), The Bloomfields (Oct 19)

At the main launch and also press event, Sofitel Manila and German Club Manila invited us for a teaser of the actual Oktoberfest, the whole ballroom at Sofitel was converted into a Bavarian Oktoberfest setting. I was surprised to see the whole venue, props and people in costume.

It was around lunch time and I didn’t expected that I’ll drink beer at an early time hahah.
It took me around 30 minutes to prepare myself for the beer drinking session and also learn about Oktoberfest.

They also taught us how to sing and dance of that Oktoberfest song

I already quit in joining a beer drinking contest, I got a little trauma when I was in a beer drinking battle vs. celebrity Derek Ramsey, yeah I loss on the drinking battle hahahaa. But my blogger friends and Sofitel Manila team pushed my hyper button and here I am with blogger Jonel in a 1 pint of San Miguel Beer drinking contest on stage. The three of us guy loses to a girl who just drank a mug of beer, partida pa, that the girl is not a beer drinker.

Spotted this 75 number designed with authentic pretzels, this shows the 75th year of Oktoberfest here in Manila, and thanks to German Club Manila for brining their Bavarian culture here.

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Here are some photos from 2012 Oktoberfest in Sofitel’s Harbor Garden Tent

my view at the end of the beer fest venue

Here’s our table


cheers everyone!!!!

that’s my mug and 1 pint of beer! hhaha!


here’s a toast to Sofitel Manila and German Club Manila for bringing another awesome event here in Manila!

Beer mug pyramid…

the pyramid…is now a beer fountain!!

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“It is our pleasure to play host to this year’s 75th Oktoberfest at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on its’ fourth year. Through the years, we have seen how Oktoberfest has helped promote camaraderie among the Filipinos and Germans" - Adam Laker, Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager. “This year’s 75th anniversary of the German Club’s Oktoberfest will be a milestone not only for the German Club but also for the Club’s objectives of promoting the Philippines as valuable destination for investment to German businesses.” - Oktoberfest Chairman, Michael Scheile.

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Plus...there will be grand raffle draw at the event and a total of 4 million worth of prizes will be given away. This is a spectacular offering from Sofitel and also German Club Manila. Prizes includes
- a roundtrip business class ticket to Germany via Eithad
- Mercedes Benz weekend drive and overnight stay in Baguio
- laptops
- Canon DSLR cameras
- Apple iPads
- Levis jeans
- Puma shirts
and many more

Oktoberfest Manila 2013 is made possible by:
Platinum: Sixt Rent A Car (Mercedes Benz, Harley Davidson), San Miguel Brewery Inc., Visa, Canon, Isochem Pharma, DB Schenker, Etihad Airways, DHL
Diamond: Coca Cola Corp., Asia Grand View Hotel, mhe-Demag, Mighty Corporation, BDO

Gold: Bauer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cougar/PUMA, MERCK, Argonauta Boracay, Aling Ludy’s, Bell Floor Coverings Inc., GNW Marketing, ESV International Corp.

Silver: Kajima Philippines, SAP, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, El Rio y Mar Palawan, Carrier Concepcion, Peacock Garden Bohol, Steag, Leather Plus, Jungle Base, Royal Cargo, Robert Bosch Inc and Robert Bosch Communication, Freshtex, World Class Concept Corp.

Bronze: Transwing Balikbayan, Royal Accent, SPR Boracay, Siemens Power, Santis Delicatessen, Santa Fe Relocation, Andritz Hydro, CS Garments, Revér for Hair, Makati Shangri-La, Gourmet Farms, Pura Vida Resort, C. Melchers GmbH & Co.,Euro Foods, Spaghetti Factory, Sea Explorer, HOWZAT, The Manor Hotel Baguio

Media partners: The ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), The Philippine Star, Radio High 105.9, Business World, Metro Society, Rogue, Philippine Daily Inquirer, ClicktheCity, When in Manila

Oktoberfest Manila trivia:
- 28, 548 Maß beer (traditional one liter mug) consumed in a span of 2 days during Oktoberfest 2012.

- 3,500 people attended last 2012
- 950 kgs of German sausages consumed last year for two days
- 260 kgs of Pork knuckles consumed last year for two days
- 200 kgs of Sauerkrau consumed last year for two days
- 75 years of existence of Oktoberfest here in the Philippines, thanks to German Club in the Philippines, it started since 1906
- 4 years event in Sofitel Philippine Plaza

If there’s overflowing of beer.. there will be also an overflowing of Bavarian cuisine here at the Oktoberfest event.


I’m sure Pinoys will be excited this October, the Oktoberfest is celebrated worldwide and I’m happy to discover that we have also our own grandest celebration here in Manila.

cheers everyone and see you at Oktoberfest Manila in Sofitel.

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The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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