December 5, 2018, Wednesday
It was my first time to dine at the Manila House Private Club in Bonifacio Global City. The minute I walked in I was utterly impressed by the ambiance and decor.
This is the main dining hall.
Two of my friends who bought memberships here said Manila House is currently the in place to be seen. They said some people dine here to be seen. But I don’t want to be seen when I am eating. Eating is synonymous to relaxing. When I am relaxing I want to hide. I want to be incognito.
A room good for no more than 12 persons was reserved for our group.
I am fond of prosciutto but I don’t like the sight of a whole leg. I’ve attended big and small parties in private homes and to have a whole leg of ham exudes a sense of affluence. It’s more for show than anything, parang whole lechon or whole roast calf. I now have cows, Harry and Daisy, and this leg means I am eating their relative. When I was small, days before Christmas I would see a whole ham of leg hanging from the ceiling. It was a tradition. My father would either buy it in Ongpin or a friend or supplier of his would give it to him. Bakit yun hindi napapanis?
A perfectly coiffed place doesn’t mean all furniture must have the same finish, material and design. Cohesiveness is achieved by blending the decors and not necessarily by grouping all of the same style, color, material. The ecclectic design makes the place more interesting.
There’s a gift and housewares retail store located inside Manila House. The items are well curated. They remind me of the store in Greenbelt 5, AC+632.
I was told by the sales lady that this one at Manila House is owned by Tina and Ricco Ocampo.
I almost bought a set of vintage style goblets. Almost lang kasi I suddenly remembered that I will be traveling most of the time next year and I won’t have time to throw a party to use these glasses. Plus we hope to do some major repairs at home and it would be messy. I’ll buy after we finish the repairs. I will re-decorate and maybe change the motif.
To my ninongs and ninangs: If you are contemplating to buy a Christmas gift for me, eto o. You know where to go and what to buy. Thanks in advance.
Manila House has several restaurants namely Bonifacio Lounge, Issho, Anahaw, The Grill, and the Avenue Bar.
Listed as stockholders are Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Tina Maristela-Ocampo and her husband Ricco Ocampo, Anton San Diego, and Ferdinand Edwin Coseteng. I was told that Doris is the majority owner.
One needs to be a member to be able to dine here and/or rent any of the two private function rooms. If you are not a member you need an endorsement letter from a member.
Membership is by invitation only and is P50,000 for 30 years old and below plus a P1,800 monthly non-consumable fee. There’s also a P150,000 and P220,000 memberships . The highest is P250,000 I think for a 5-year transferrable membership plus P2,600 / month non-consumable fees.
Manila House Private Club
Net Park Building
26th Street corner 5th Avenue
Taguig, Metro Manila
Telephone: 0917 816 3685