Filipinos will celebrate 2019 in these Asian countries

by Christa I. De La Cruz
Dec 31, 2018
<p>Agoda reveals the most-booked destinations for New Year's Eve.</p>
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While some of us are staying home for media noche or celebrating with other city dwellers in hotels, there are those who are ringing in the new year in nearby Asian countries.

Agoda, one of the world's most popular travel agents, released a list of countries that have the most-booked hotels for December 31, 2018.

Pyrolympics 2010 in Manila
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On top spot, of course, is still Manila, Philippines. Hotels, bars, and restaurants all overf the metro are hosting grand countdowns with bands, fireworks, and copious amounts of alcohol.

Trailing behind are: Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul, Korea, in the list of the top five countries of choice for Filipinos for celebrating New Year's Eve.

Crowds often gather at the famous Shibuya Crossing for the countdown.

Having one of the most active nightlife scenes in all of Tokyo, it hosts an all-night party like no other.

Fireworks display at Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong, meantime, boasts a spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbor.

The 10-minute show extends from Central to Tin Hau as five barges release thousands of pyrotechnic shells all over the city's night sky.

All sorts of patterns, from the shape of a heart shape to a smiley, also appear after the fireworks.

In Taipei, the best place for viewing fireworks would be Elephant Mountain.

Come early since it takes about 40 minutes to get a comfy spot with a view, plus it's really crowded on New Year's Eve.

For parties, you can walk around the downtown district of Xinyi.

Fireworks display in Seoul
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Get a chance to ring in the new year with an actual bell in South Korea.

Every year, the mayor of Seoul rings the Bosingak Bell 33 times at midnight. It has been a tradition among Koreans since the Joseon Dynasty.

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*Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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<p>Agoda reveals the most-booked destinations for New Year's Eve.</p>
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