MANILA – Check out these events and promotions offered by malls, hotels and other companies in celebration of the Year of the Fire Rooster.
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On January 28, feng shui expert Hanz Cua will conduct a one-hour seminar for shoppers at Araneta Center malls. Drop by the activity areas of Ali Mall at 3 p.m., New Farmers Plaza at 4 p.m. and Gateway Mall at 5 p.m. to learn about this Chinese tradition.
The first 1,000 visitors to the new Tweet Shop at the Gateway Mall Activity Area on Chinese New Year will get free fortune cookies. Simply visit the shop and tweet your New Year’s wish using the hashtag #MyAranetaCNYstory.
A traditional lion and dragon dance will snake around the streets of Araneta Center to welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster, with a fireworks display to be held at 7 p.m.
CITY OF DREAMS MANILA
Crystal Dragon, one of City of Dreams Manila’s premium restaurants, serves exclusive Chinese New Year-themed a la carte and set menus until February 11. The 24-hour casual Chinese dining at Noodle8, on the other hand, offers sumptuous dishes for all of January and February.
At The Shops at the Boulevard on the upper ground level, a three-day Year of the Rooster festival from January 27 to 29 showcases a variety of fun-filled Chinese New Year-themed activities and performances.
For evening entertainment, guests can head to City of Dreams KTV’s elegant themed rooms and sing to their heart’s content, with special Chinese New Year a la carte dishes and unlimited Tsing Tao beer included in the package.
Soar to bold gastronomic heights at Corniche’s Chinese New Year lunch and dinner buffet from January 23 to 29. Relish popular Chinese dishes with family and friends for P2,280 nett per person. Get a chance to pick a prize and win from the Prosperity Tree for a minimum spend of P5,000.
Discover harmony and balance in your life through the guidance of feng shui expert Angel Macalino. Get a free 10-minute feng shui consultation for a minimum spend of P5,000 at the Corniche lunch buffet on January 28.
Join in on the festivities and witness the lion and dragon dance by the Philippine Ling Nam Athletic Federation at 11 a.m., and performances by Chinese musicians Kim Hwa Ensemble at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Find new comfort and luxury with the hotel’s Chinese New Year getaway from January 27 to 29. Enjoy an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room at P7,500 nett inclusive of P2,000 food and beverage credit in room service, breakfast for two, unlimited Wi-Fi access for two devices, and 20% discount on massage, reflexology and laundry.
Asian food brand Good Life is inviting everyone to “Flavors of Fortune: Food Trip Down Chinatown” on January 27 and 28 at the Robinsons Place Manila Midtown Atrium.
Good Life will be holding a culinary competition highlighting modern Chinese-Filipino dishes. There will also be Chinoy activity strip with Chinese arts and crafts, fortune telling and a feng shui talk by Hanz Cua.
To join the activities, visitors must purchase any Good Life product worth at least P90 at Robinsons Supermarket.
Local residents are invited to have a reunion staycation with their loved ones during Chinese New Year at Edsa Shangri-La, with room rates starting at P7,000++ for stays from January 13 to 29 including breakfast buffet at HEAT for two adults and two children below six years old and a complimentary box of fish tikoy.
Gather the whole family and bask in Summer Palace’s royal feast of beautifully crafted set menus good for a table of 10 persons at P21,888++, available from January 27 to February 11 for lunch and dinner.
MARCO POLO ORTIGAS MANILA
Embrace the coming Year of the Fire Rooster in tradition and luxury with feng shui expert Marites Allen at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila on January 28.
Continue the long-standing tradition with a dragon dance performance followed by a prosperous Cantonese meal by executive chef Raymond Yeung at Lung Hin.
Glutinous rice cakes in different shapes and flavors as well as pineapple pastries are also available at Lung Hin until the end of the month.
NEW WORLD MANILA BAY HOTEL
Ring in the new year with good luck at the F&B outlets of New World Manila Bay Hotel. On January 28, a dragon will dance its way around the hotel while dining guests will be given the traditional ang pao and fortune cookies.
Diners also have the chance to take a lucky spin at the Wheel of Fortune and win any of the 24 prizes, including a romantic overnight stay for Valentine’s Day at the hotel. To spin the Wheel of Fortune, guests only need to spend at least P5,000 at any restaurant outlet onJanuary 27 or 28. Each P5,000 equals one spin.
Li Li, the hotel's Cantonese restaurant, has prepared two special menus for January 27 and 28 featuring traditional dishes for the new year to invite protection, good luck, fortune and prosperity, unity, good health, and even fertility.
Aside from the Prosperity Set Menus, traditional Chinese new year dishes are also available a la carte, like the Steamed Garoupa with Yunnan Ham on Lotus Leaves and Superior Sauce. Special tikoy is also available for P888 (nett).
Meanwhile, Market Café treats guests who are born on the Year of the Rooster to a complimentary meal January 27 and 28. It will also serve special traditional Chinese dishes for the new year like Slow Roasted Duck, Braised Sea Whelk, Deep-fried Whole Garoupa, and Longevity Noodles.
Robinsons Malls celebrates the Year of the Fire Rooster with a blowout of various cultural and gastronomic events for mall-goers to explore and enjoy. People are in for an oriental-themed photo exhibit, calligraphy workshops, Chinese food festivals and cooking demos, card and palm reading, feng shui consultation and dragon dance rituals.
Know more about the events in specific Robinsons Malls by visiting the company’s social media pages.
Ring in the lunar new year at the mall’s Grand Atrium. Catch the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University's Chinese painting exhibit from January 25 to 31.
On January 28, enjoy an afternoon of Chinese melodies at the Chinese musical concert" by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University at 3 p.m.
Master Fidel Sarmiento, president of the Art Association of the Philippines, will conduct a pastel painting workshop on January 29 at 1 p.m. Finally, get to witness the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance on February 5 at 2 p.m.
Admission is free for all activities.
SOFITEL PHILIPPINE PLAZA MANILA
On January 25, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents a Chinese New Year fashion show by international and multi-awarded fashion designer Albert Andrada.
For his fourth presentation at Sofitel, Andrada highlights the celebration of abundance in life with pieces inspired by Chinese philosophy.
The event will also feature the Abundance menu of Sofitel’s Chef Michael Tai featuring three variations of Chinese cuisine: Cantonese, Hakka and Sze Chuan.
TWG welcomes the Year of the Fire Rooster with the Morning Rooster Tea, a spirited blend of black tea and green tea with colorful notes of jasmine, morning rose and orchard fruit.
Priced at P1,595, the Morning Rooster Tea is packaged in a sophisticated emerald-hued box, making it an ideal gift for loved ones this Chinese New Year.
Other new products at TWG include the Grand Summer Palace Teapot (P36,275), Petit Summer Palace Teapot (P16,750), Summer Palace Creamer (P8,975), Summer Palace Sugar Bowl (P10,095) and Summer Palace Teacup and Saucer (P24,870).
All these are available at TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques in the Philippines.