THE world is celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow, February 19, 2015, and in all Chinatowns that can be found around the world, festivities are taking place. Dragon and Lion dances, auspicious Yu Sheng salad tossing to open lauriat meals, loud band music, ang pao (red envelopes containing money), tikoy (sticky rice cake believed to keep families and relationships tightly knit), and other activities to attract prosperity… They’re taking place all at the same time. You can celebrate at home or in festive places such as hotels and malls that usher in the Year of the Wooden Sheep.
If you haven’t decided on where to spend Chinese New Year, here are some of the activities or promotions taking place:
MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA’S
GIFTS OF GOOD FORTUNE
In celebration of the most important festival on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the Year of the Wooden Ram with gifts of good fortune. Bestow wealth and tranquility on your loved ones with a luxurious gift hamper filled with Chinese treats such as X.O Sauce, gold coins and Dilyan Green tea for Php2,000. For those who wish to share happiness, Marriott’s double prosperity fish are carefully molded into two koi fish at 270 grams each, and are elegantly packed in red Oriental boxes sealed with a golden symbol for good fortune. Tikoy, also known as nian gao, which is believed to give luck to both the receiver and the giver, can also be a good gift for Chinese New Year at Php988 nett.
In keeping with the traditions of Chinese New Year, Marriott is spreading auspicious blessings by giving away ang pao (red envelopes) enclosed with vouchers from Versace Jeans and Bric’s Milano worth Php5,000 and Massimo Bononi worth Php7,000. Dining at Cru Steakhouse and Marriott Cafe or ordering from In-room Dining or buying Tikoy from Java Plus from February 16 to 19, 2015, entitles you to receive your gift of good fortune.
Marriott Manila’s Chinese New Year offerings are available until today, February 19, only. For inquiries and advanced orders, call 988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com.
DIAMOND HOTEL WELCOMES
THE YEAR OF THE WOOD SHEEP
Diamond Hotel Philippines ushers in the Year of the Wood Sheep with a myriad of activities, Chinese gastronomic delights, and display charms and prosperity ornaments from February 16 to 20, 2015, at the Hotel Lobby. Invite prosperity and good tidings to come in as you welcome the eighth animal in the Chinese Zodiac.
To welcome the Chinese New Year, Corniche Restaurant offers a scrumptious selection of popular Chinese dishes for its Lunch and Dinner buffets. Diners get to pick a prize at the Prosperity Tree and join the raffle for a chance to win a lovely Jewelmer South Sea Pearl Pendant for a minimum of Php5,000 spent.
On Chinese New Year’s Day tomorrow, February 19, at 11:00 a.m., the Philippine Ling Nam Athletic Federation will be spreading luck in the four corners of the hotel via an auspicious Lion and Dragon Dance that drives away bad spirits and attracts good vibes.
Also, for a maximum Php5,000 spent at the Corniche lunch buffet on February 19, guests are entitled to a 10-minute complimentary Feng Shui consultation at the Upper Lobby with Ms. Angel Macalino from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila. For inquiries or reservations, call 528-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICHMONDE HOTEL ORTIGAS
PRESENTS CHINOY TREATS
Have a taste of your favorite Oriental dishes when you welcome the Year of the Sheep with Richmonde Café’s Chinoy Festival. The promotion invites everyone to take part in a culinary journey complete with an array of Chinese-inspired dishes Pinoys have always loved.
Revel in a bountiful spread of Chinese classics such as Xiao Bai Cai Salad, Sliced Beef with Red and Green Pepper, Fukien Fried Chicken, Chinese Cold Cut Platter with Marinated Beef, Pork Asado, Soy Chicken and Century Eggs, Spicy Hoisin Stir-fried Pork with Mushrooms, Salt and Pepper Squid and Lechon Macau. An assortment of dim sums, dumplings and noodles completes this Asian spread to welcome the new lunar year.
This Chinese New Year gastronomic feast is available in the Weekday Lunch Buffet on February 20, 2015, for Php998 nett and in the Friday Dinner Buffet on February 20, 2015, for Php715 nett.
Richmonde Café is located on the Second Floor of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For inquiries or reservations, call 689-8419 or 638-7777 extension 3409.