New York Fil-Ams’ arctic New Year celebrations
Times Square, New York City revelers braved the cold for the most awaited ball drop. Maria Carey fans stood for hours wrapped and bundled to get a glimpse of the star. INQUIRER/Elton Lugay
NEW YORK — In subzero temperature, Filipino Americans here braved the arctic blast on New Year’s Eve for that champagne toast and kiss cam. Party-goers were bundled up to their eyes to endure a record frigid weather. Live entertainment by Mariah Carey sent the fans waiting for several hours before the midnight grand confetti and ball-drop countdown.
WATCH: Filipinos celebrating New Year in Times Square, New York.
Nearby hotels like Marriott Marquis and Novotel were booked for parties; building rooftops held their own penthouse viewing and champagne toasts. Beacon Theatre held the annual Government Mule rock concert; Filipino restaurants and bars had their own local bands playing while TV monitors are broadcasting the Times Square ball drop.
Emma Ruth Yulo-Kitiyakara (left) hosted some friends in her 54th floor penthouse overlooking the Central Park fireworks. Consul General Tess Dizon De Vega and Ambassador Eddie De Vega posted a Facebook greeting. INQUIRER/Carol Tanjutco
Ambassador Virgilio and Marie Reyes (right) welcomed friends in their neighboring home at Roosevelt Island, part of Upper East Side. INQUIRER/Carol Tanjutco
Elsewhere, families gathered with friends for the traditional toast and dinner buffet. Other borough residents in Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn had their own way of welcoming the new year, from karaoke to an all-Filipino food potluck. Upstate New York residents opted to stay home as the temperature dropped lower with the winds blowing.
Fr. Rogie Castellano (left) is seen with his halo-halo for New Year’s Day. Louie Locsin braved the Central Park winter wonderland as part of NY Walkers, where she came across with Channel 11’s weatherman Mr. G. CONTRIBUTED
The record lows persisted the following day, and the northeast is expected to stay frigid for the entire week. This, however, did not stop the scheduled after New Year parties or the Central Park joggers, known as NY Walkers Club and NY Road Runners. Filipinos’ love for halo-halo also figured as part of the holiday celebrations. Undisputedly, Filipinos know how to party wherever they are.