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4 ways to transform an events venue

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Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — There’s nothing like enjoying yourself and getting to breathe a sigh of relief at a party or function you spent weeks or even months putting together that, against all odds, went off without a hitch.

A well-organized major business meeting or lecture and discussion puts everyone in high spirits and does wonders for productivity, connecting with colleagues and peers, and sharing knowledge. Special occasions, on the other hand, are all about catching up and spending with family and friends and celebrating the simple but important things we tend to take for granted.

Event planning has a tendency to become stressful and time-consuming, but it doesn’t always have to be. These moments rarely come by as it is — it’s only right that they’re made even more special with great company, amazing food, and a venue that’s as practical as it is breathtaking.

Makati Diamond Residences has many different options and packages for any event: the grand Legazpi ballroom, a selection of function rooms, an executive boardroom, a kitchen studio, and an outdoor roofdeck. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, audio-visual equipment, and seating and table arrangements, not to mention themed menus and excellent, worry-free service — all adding up to an enjoyable and unforgettable time.

The function rooms are a sight to behold with carpeted floors, paneled walls lined with lamps, and intricate details and decor. For larger crowds, the Legazpi Ballroom is a stunner with its high ceiling, able to accommodate up to 700 guests for conventions and 400 guests for social gatherings. For more modest occasions, the more compact but still roomy Gallardo Function Room can welcome up to 200 guests.

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A birthday party

Filipino parties are notoriously big, loud, and memorable — attendance almost complete, all of your loved ones finding ways to make it. Why not go all out by throwing a circus-themed birthday party? Transform the Gallardo room into a circus tent to your own liking and you might just be transported to a world of fun and magic. The Gallardo room is big enough to fit extended family members and dearest friends, but small enough that it still feels private. No Filipino birthday party is complete without family favorites, and you can rest assured that a menu full of crowd pleasers for all ages will be taken care of.

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A dreamy, sophisticated wedding

The Legazpi ballroom’s tall ceiling, fancy chandelier, and foyer will make a statement for a larger-than-life modern wedding. The real standout, though, are the huge windows lining one whole side of the room — bringing in lots of natural light, perfect for bright daytime romance to take place. The room is also decked out in tasteful neutral colors, which go well with any motif.

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A lively lecture or panel discussion

Since the Legazpi room can hold up to 700 guests, it’s also a great place to hold a lecture or discussion on any topic — from a state-of-the-art talk on the tech zeitgeist to scholarly discussions on environmental concerns. The room has everything you need to make sure attendees are comfortable and able to have a rich experience, including quality equipment and a designated stage area. It can also be separated into two regular function rooms, so multiple talks can happen at the same time.

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A dynamic bilateral meeting

The topic of business is, well, serious business at Makati Diamond Residences, and they’re always ready with the best facilities for successful corporate meetings and events. In the Gallardo room, a U-shaped table can seat up to 50-60 people. Meetings require concentration and your A-game for good presentations and discussions, but they’re also good for building connections and open, fruitful communication — here, it’s a guarantee that you can achieve both.