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As the Philippines celebrates the Year of the Earth Pig, quite a number of establishments in Metro Manila are going all out and on full blast mode.
As the Philippines celebrates the Year of the Earth Pig on February 5 this year, quite a number of establishments in Metro Manila are going all out and on full blast mode to make sure those who revel with them during the Chinese New Year will get more than what they pay for and be treated to a spectacular display of fireworks and a gastronomic feast.
Lucky Chinatown celebrates in the most extra way possible
At Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, which is undoubtedly the hub of the Chinese New Year festivities in the country, revelers will be treated to a countdown that begins at 6 p.m. on the eve of the celebration to usher in the Year of the Earth Pig, Performance artists like I Belong to the Zoo, Janine Teñoso, Bret Jackson, and James Reid are expected to give merrymakers a stunning concert like no other.
This celebration will continue at the Lucky Chinatown Walk from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight with performances by This Band, Quest, and KZ Tandingan. Then, at the stroke of midnight, the country’s most prominent mall in Binondo will feature a grand fireworks display to light up Metro Manila’s skyline. Johnson Chua, a Chinese zodiac and astrological expert, will have a forecast segment after the fireworks display. The festivities will continue the following day with more colorful performances, including a mall-wide traditional lion and dragon dance as well as cultural presentations from Chinese schools and Filipino-Chinese groups.
Not only will visitors, mall-goers, and guests be regaled with a variety of performances by renowned groups such as Sud and Taiwanese pop band Eggplant Egg starting at 9 a.m., they will also be treated to a prosperity fair and a sale of up to 70 percent off at select participating stores at Lucky Chinatown. They will also get a chance to win prizes while they enjoy an array of authentic Chinese cuisine at the mall’s street food market. Lucky Chinatown is celebrating the Year of the Earth Pig in the most extra special way possible this year.
Chinese culture and good fortune take the spotlight at the Shangri-la Plaza mall for the Lunar New Year. A mall-wide lion and dragon dance, as well as Chinese cultural performances, will be held on February 5 starting during the mall’s operating hours the entire day.
Mall guests will be treated to a sea of red and gold lanterns, auspicious flowers, and over 1,400 traditional Chinese lanterns that cascade down from the 32-meter high ceiling of its grand atrium. At its main wing, the mall will feature a giant 24-foot tall lantern, as well as prosperity trees in the East Atrium to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Arches of blooming flowers will stand side by side with a golden money tree for a prosperous new start. At Shangri-la Plaza mall’s Luxury Lane, the so-called Fu Dogs or imperial garden lions will be strategically placed to guard mall-goers.
The mall will also host the 13th Spring Film Festival, which includes a Chinese Painting exhibit, a Chinese Music Concert, and a Chinese Painting workshop. Admission is free. Chinese cultural dances and a Wushu exhibition will likewise be held at the mall.
At the iconic Manila Hotel, its lobby will be decorated in golden bamboo and red lanterns. Designer Rachy Cuna will do an art installation at the hotel. Chinese New Year festivities at The Manila Hotel will begin on February 5 at 10:15 a.m., which is believed to be an auspicious time, with a lion dance to kick off the ceremony. A special 10-dish set menu will be featured at the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Red Jade, with dishes such as crispy fried pigeon, baby rock lobsters in cheese and butter, and E-fu noodles.
New World Makati Hotel
Traditional Chinese New Year favorites by award-winning Chinese executive chef Wong Kam On of New World Makati Hotel’s Jasmine restaurant will be highlighted this week as the hotel celebrates the Year of the Earth Pig. Some of the sumptuous dishes include roasted suckling pig, steamed live garoupa, and handmade dumplings. New World Makati Hotel’s Chinese New Year celebration will start at 12:30 p.m. on February 5 with a traditional eye-dotting ceremony, followed by a vibrant dragon and lion dance.
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Feng shui master Joseph Chau will welcome guests at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila to usher in the Year of the Earth Pig with at 11 a.m. on February 5 at the hotel’s ground floor lobby. He will facilitate a Taoist blessing ceremony to those attending the event. This will then be followed by the dragon and lion dance to attract prosperity.
Expect the Chinese New Year at Okada Manila to be celebrated with a bang. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on February 5 with a lavish, traditional ritual for prosperity and good fortune by renowned feng shui master Charlie Chao. One of the highlights of the festivities is the cai qing, where lion dancers will go around the hotel to receive gifts of ang pao (red envelopes).
If you want to celebrate the Year of the Earth Pig in the most unforgettable way, head on to these places to experience the Chinese Lunar Year like no other.
Sources: ABS-CBN, Rappler