If President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will just put a big gong in his office and tell one of his assistants to strike it six times a day, “he will have a clear mind to manage the whole country.” This is what Feng shui master Chau Kam Shing told lifestyle media Thursday at the Marco Polo Ortigas.
Master Chau is the hotel’s official feng shui expert. At the luncheon, which was held at the excellent 44th-floor Chinese restaurant Lung Hin, the Hong Kong-born Master Chau dispensed advice and insights on what the new lunar year will look like not only for the people in the room but for the world in general. He said the Year of the Water Rabbit will be a very lucky year for many people because it’s the most auspicious of the animals in the zodiac. Rabbits are also a symbol of romance. “This year is a romantic year for the whole world,” he added.
But it seems it will be an especially challenging year for the Philippines’ most important public official. This is owing to the fact that Marcos Jr. is a Fire Rooster and 2023 is a Water year (Marcos Jr. was born in 1957). “Water will extinguish fire,” said Master Chau. On top of this, the Rooster is an enemy of the Rabbit who is the year’s star animal. So, yes, there will be conflicts ahead so Master Chau advises the President to practice patience, always have a clear mind, listen to his adviser and to the Filipino people, and keep a low profile. “Because if yabang-yabang, no people will like him.”
Meanwhile, the aforementioned suggestion to place a gong in his office in Malacañang is not only meant to clear the Commander in chief’s head but it will also bring luck when it comes to his health—it will keep the headaches and neck pains at bay, said Master Chau. “Tell the Chinese businessmen to donate!” he added, saying the Manila Bulletin has a big gong in its office because they took the Master’s advice.
Another way the President can avoid sickness—and also backstabbers, added the consultant—is to put six peso coins in a small ceramic jar in the east side of his office. “If the President have no problem,” said Master Chau, “the country have no problem.”
But despite the predicted challenges, the obstacles will be temporary. “Next year is lucky for the President because it’s the year of the Wooden Dragon and the dragon is most compatible with the rooster,” explained Master Chau. “Wood will light his fire, bring more luck to him. Bitter first, sweet later.”
Master Chau also believes the country’s luck is connected to the flow of energy in Malacañang, which is a symbol for the Philippines. He said it will be best to place a red carpet in the southeast entrance of the palace which should bring “very good relationships with other countries... If the country is lucky, there’s happy relationships, business will come, foreigners will invest.”
But the most important thing, proposed Master Chau, is to turn on the big water fountain southwest of the palace grounds for 24 hours after February 4. “They cannot be kuripot,” he said, because this will assure Malacañang good luck for three years: 2023, 2024, and 2025.
Master Chau has been working in the Philippines since the year 2000. He was called on from his post at the Hong Kong Mandarin Hotel, where he was also head of housekeeping, to replace the well-loved geomancer Paul Lau of the Mandarin Hotel in Manila who passed away that year. Master Chau is now with the Marco Polo Ortigas and is married to a Filipina.