MANILA -- Renowned feng shui master Joseph Chau will lead the festivities at the Crimson Hotel in Filinvest City Alabang as it welcomes the Year of the Fire Rooster.
“In our young history, this is the first time we’re doing a Chinese New Year celebration,” noted Gerhard Doll, general manager of the Crimson Hotel.
For the hotel's inaugural celebration, Chau will bestow blessings to those attending the special Chinese New Year brunch buffet on January 29, the second day of the Chinese New Year.
“The second day is a very important day in Chinese culture. The second day is where all the businessmen start opening their business. It’s what we call Opening-Your-Business-Day,” explained Chau.
A Taoist ceremony to open business, as well as a blessing to all the guests, will be performed by Chau. “When I bless you, you will feel my energy passing through you,” he said.
The Chinese geomancer is especially popular among Filipinos, having led the Chinese New Year festivities of the now-closed Mandarin Oriental Manila for many years.
At Crimson, Chau will also share his forecast for the coming Year of the Fire Rooster.
“Your Malacanang is good luck this year, but they have to [turn] on their fountain 24 hours, because the more [the fountain] is turned on, the Philippines will earn more money, and the country will be more prosperous,” shared Chau.
Diners and guests can also enjoy performances by colorful dragon dancers, acrobats, as well as theater performers. A night’s stay in the Presidential suite for four will also be raffled off.
Adding another component to the Crimson’s Chinese New Year celebration is the artwork of upcycle artist, Jevie Pagagutan, which is currently displayed at the Crimson’s Gallery in the hotel's spacious lobby.
Pagagutian's Plum Blossoms sculpture is made from wire and soda bottles, symbolizing the Chinese value of endurance, which joins another larger prosperity tree sculpture made from pipes and garden hose.
Displayed around Pagagutian works in the gallery are various feng shui items, paintings, and also Crimson Chinese New Year treats like cookies, buchi, orange anise cakes, and of course, the traditional tikoy.
From January 27 to February 4, meanwhile, the Crimson Hotel’s Café Eight offers a Prosperity Buffet for both lunch and dinner featuring dishes by guest chef, Adrian Lim. Guests can feast on suckling Pig, rolls, noodles, and dimsum along with Café 8’s usual fare.
Staycation enthusiasts can avail of the Lucky Rooster Package which includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two, a complimentary feng shui guide from Chau, complimentary tickets to the Chinese New Year celebration, as well as a late checkout of 6 p.m. on January 29. Those who book this promotion will also get the chance to win an overnight stay for two in one of Crimson’s Executive Club rooms.