Ein bier, bitte! Â
Memorize and learn how to say that right, because it’s all you’ll need to know when you step into Â Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s Harbor Garden tent next month.Â October at Sofitel means only one thing â€” their annual celebration of the most authentic Oktoberfest in the Philippines!
(At the 2015 Sofitel Oktoberfest FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:Â Powervit Agilas basketball player Jamar Warren, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manilaâ€™s director of sales and marketing Alice Jenkins, Iva Kerto, resident manager Alfredo Denage, Belinda Laker, Jenny Moriarty and Siobhan Bonny Horgan)
In Oct. 12, 1810, the very first Oktoberfest was celebrated in what was once known as Bavaria. It was a five day feast toÂ meant to honor the royal union of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and German princessÂ Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and has since been an annual celebrationÂ in Germany. 206 years later, it’s turned into Germany’s most famous folk festival that the whole world has come to know and love.
Now back for its 78th run, Oktoberfest at Sofitel is scheduled to helpÂ guests reach the optimumÂ levels of buzz from Oct. 7 to 8. Festivities will be a joint celebration with the German Club Manila that marked its 110th year in the Philippines.
Guests can expect to be swallowed by a tent filled with kegs and mugs of frosty San Miguel beers, great company, authentic Bavarian delights (pretzels, potato mash, roasted pork knuckle and stacks ofÂ sausages, here we come!), traditional Bavarian musical acts, open-for-allÂ drinking games and a crowd looking their best in their dirndlsÂ and lederhosen.Â
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dingdong Dantes, Carlo Gonzalez, Actor Arthur Solinap, Andre Gonzalez, Ricky Chua, JP Quema and Gabby Pastor)
To make thisÂ event even more fun that it already is, why not practice your German and learn these essential Oktoberfest words and phrases:
Bier -Â Hardly needing any translation, this is the German word for beer.
Brezel -Â Pretzel
WurstÂ – The general word for sausage.
Oâ€™zapft is!Â – This literally translates to, “it’s tapped!” It’s said after theÂ ceremonial tapping of the very first beer keg to begin festivities.
Lebkuchenherz – This is what they call the cute gingerbread hearts inscribed with sweet or humorous phrases that they usually give out as souvenirs. Extra points go toÂ those that wear it around their necks for the duration of the evening!
Prost!Â – Cheers!
Â Noch ein Bier, bitte! -Â Another beer, please!
Wie heiÃŸen Sie?/Woher kommen Sie?Â – What’s your name?/Where are you from?
DankeÂ – Thank you
See you there!
(Tapping of the barrel: German Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Thomas Ossowski, German Club House Committee chairmanÂ Gerhard Zimmer, German Club resident Claus Sudhoff and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila general manager Adam Laker)
(Flordeliza Schauss, Novotel Aranetaâ€™s director of rooms Darwin Labayandoy, general manager Bernd Schneider, executive assistant manager Maria Garcia, Irene Matias, director of human resources Nikko Matias, Winston Tumalad, executive chef Michael Schauss, director of engineering Ronnie Virata, director of financeÂ Jun Mosquera, director of sales Joy De Mesa, Eriq Agaser, sales & distribution manager Twinkle Turqueza and guest relations manager Therese Samala)
(Jeman VillanuevaÂ , John Michael Bueno, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manilaâ€™s E-commerce executive Kat Nocom, E-commerce manager Dave Pimentel, Kat Valdez, Rhea Bue, director of sales and marketing Alice Jenkins, David Guison, Vina Guerrero, Patricia Mirasol, graphic artist Joseph Albotra, AJ Dee, Nikita Conwi and Niche Dumlao)
(Duri Granziol and Florian Holm)
Â (The Bavarian Express)
(The venue at Sofitel is transformed into a traditionally decorated Oktoberfest beer tent)
(Guests dancing to the Oktoberfest Fliegerlied song)
(Frances Espinoza, German Embassyâ€™s Charge D’Affaires Michael Hasper, Austrian Embassyâ€™s Cultural AttachÃ© Lisbeth Strohmeier, Anjana Das-Hasper and Pia Heide Salman)