The 76th Oktoberfest at Sofitel Philippine Plaza all for charity

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(L-R) Mr. Per-Andre Hoffman; Adam Laker; Ralph Fuchtenkort; Oktoberfest host Michael Scheile; German Embassador Michael Hasper; Rod Baumann; Sofitel Philippine Plaza's executive Chef Eric Costille


Sofitel Philippine Plaza and German Club Manila invites all Filipinos and Germans to join their 76th annual Oktoberfest celebration happening on October 17 and 18 at the hotel’s Harbor Garden Tent.

Members of the press and other personalities—including Bb Pilipinas 2013 1st runner up Pia Wurtzbach, Fil-German models Rein Gutierrez and Clint Bondad, and athlete-host Gretchen Ho—were treated to a sumptuous luncheon at the event’s press conference held at Sofitel’s Sunset Pavilion on Wednesday, September 10, and got a sneak preview of what people can expect on this year’s Oktoberfest.

In 2013, over 4,000 guests reveled at their Oktoberfest party and consumed more than 30,000 liters of beer, 1000 kgs of German sausages, 300 kgs of prok knuckes and 250 kgs of sauerkraut in just two days.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker said, “The Sofitel Philippine Plaza is delighted to continue to be the home of Oktoberfest for the next four years.

“Through the years, we have seen how Oktoberfest has helped promote camaraderie among the Filipinos and Germans and we are extremely pleased to have contributed to this.

“The German-Filipino community can expect more excitement and thrill at every Oktoberfest at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.”

Aside from this tradition, German Club Manila President Per-Andre Hoffmann said that the organization will continue on helping different communities in the Philippines.

He said, “Ever since its founding in 1906, the German Club Manila has helped the poor and underprivileged, supported victims of natural calamities and stood by the Filipinos in times of persecution and war.

“This strong commitment towards the Philippines and its people is being upheld and further intensified to this date by the Club’s over five hundred members.

“As in all our events, a considerable part of the proceeds of the Oktoberfest will go to our charity projects.”

Meanwhile, the event’s host Michael Scheile talked about the history of Oktoberfest. The first ever Oktoberfest in the world history took place on 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, married German Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen (from Sachsen). The five-day celebration was attended by more than 40,000 revelers.

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Since then, this famous Bavarian tradition is held annually and has spread outside Germany through the decades.

The world famous original Hofbräuhaus band and show—from the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, founded by the Duke of Bavaria in 1589—will provide the entertainment for the party. The organizers will also fly in the internationally acclaimed female yodeller Lizzie.

Oktoberfest is co-sponsored by San Miguel Brewery Inc., Visa International and Coca Cola FEMSA, DB Schenker, Air Berlin by Etihad and Mhe Demag. Other sponsors include Canon, Isochem Pharma, Bosch, BDO, Thai Airways, Mighty Corporation, Argonauta, Seda Hotels and Puma.

The media sponsors include ANC, BusinessWorld, Fox International Channels, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Metro Society and Rogue.

Tickets start at P3,300.00 for non-members and P3,200.00 for members. A discounted rate of P3,250 is available for groups of 20 to 40 people.

For inquiries, please call the German Club Manila at (632) 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 reservations@germanclub.ph; h6308-fb2@sofitel.com.


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