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There are very many ways to celebrate Chinese New Year on January 28, the last Saturday of the month. We can go to Binondo and check out the annual dragon dance, or we can have tikoy on your table to make sure good luck sticks and family is kept close. Or we can go to any of these hotel offerings and welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster with a bang bang bang!


1. Check out Manila Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party. A colorful lion and dragon dance, check. An eye-dotting ceremony, check. A sumptuous lauriat dinner prepared by Chef Sun Bing of the Mabuhay Palace, check! As though that’s not enough, Feng Shui Master Josephe Chau Kam Shing and his son Master Vittorio Chau will be there to share their predictions, as well as get a “special blessing” of prosperity, good health, and long life for P3,888 a pop. Not a bad plan to ring in the New Year, no? Manila Hotel also has staycation packages on offer for the occasion. One Rizal Park, Manila +63 2 5270011

2. Order the Yin and Yang menu at Lung Hin in Marco Polo Ortigas. On that weekend, Jan 27-29, Marco Polo’s authentic Cantonese restaurant Lung Hin will offer the Yin and Yang menu, a special set menu that features a prosperity toss with a salmon fish, braised sea cucumber casserole, and assort seafood in hot pot, and deep fried Hong Kong pigeon. The menu is prepared by Chef Raymond, Lung HIn’s Chinese executive chef. Available for lunch and dinner service. Jan 27-29, 11am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm. Marco Polo Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig. +63916 1100189

3. Have the Pan Pacific’s Chinese New Year Buffet. Pan Pacific is taking Chinese New Year seriously. The hotel in Manila will have a guest culinary expert, Chef Taipei of China Place to work with its team of seasoned chefs just for its Chinese buffet available on Jan 23-28. On the menu are Chinese delicacies including poached polonchay with assorted egg, patatim with cuapao, gokong soup, braised mushroom abalone buffet selection. Lunch is amazingly affordable at P1,000 while dinner service is at P1,288. There will be a dragon dance at the lobby on Jan 27, while staycation packages are available the whole month of February. M. Adriatico Street corner General Malvar Street, Malate +632 3180788

[Manila Bulletin]

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