MANILA – Looking for a place in Manila to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?
Lucky Chinatown mall in Binondo is hosting the event – also known as Mooncake Festival – with various events this week until September 24.
Customers can visit the Mooncake Fair until September 21 to see an extensive collection of mooncakes created by hotel chefs in Manila as well as Lucky Chinatown establishments.
On September 22, the mall will hold the traditional festival dice game, with prizes such as gift certificates up for grabs.
From September 22 to 23, children can take part in the Moon Fest Mural Contest and create artworks inspired by the festival.
The Grand Festival Celebration will be held on September 23 at the Lucky Chinatown mall atrium, where guests can witness performances from the Manila Chinese-Filipino schools and other partner organizations.
The talent competition of the Little Mr. and Ms. Chinatown pageant will also be held on the same day.
Capping off the festivities is the Lantern Design Artfest on September 24, with entries to be showcased at the bridgeway to Lucky Chinatown Building A.
Recently, Lucky Chinatown gave ABS-CBN News and selected media a guided tour of the mall, which offers a combination of iconic brands and new finds.
Familiar restaurant brands featured in the “Chinatown Adventures” tour include San Guo La Mien, known for serving authentic hand-pulled noodles and kuchay dumplings; Masuki, a popular Chinese restaurant offering Chicken Mami and Tai Pao Siopao; and Shi Lin, which specializes in Xiao Long Bao and other Taiwanese dishes.
Those who are craving for Japanese grilled meat can head to Mitasu Charcoal Yakiniku, an all-you-can-eat restaurant.
The mall also has plenty of Chinese wellness centers such as Beijing Foot Spa, with its massage chairs with built-in televisions and headrest speakers; and Wellness Sanctuary, with its best-selling acupuncture sessions that promise to address various health problems.
Believers of feng shui can make a quick stop at Phoenix Dragon, which sells amulets and other “lucky” charms.
Those who wish to visit a temple without leaving the mall premises can check out Miao de Amituofo Pureland, which houses three Buddhas surrounded by flowers and fruits.