THE Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is here, and so it is Mooncake Season once again. The second most celebrated event next to Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival takes place when the moon is in its fullest state, symbolizing harmony and prosperity. People back then believed that the behavior of the moon affected the production of local goods, so, during this day, gratitude was expressed and sacrifices were offered through a special delicacy called the mooncake.
This practice has survived the test of time and the celebration continues to this day, and one of those at the forefront of the Mid-Autumn Festival observance is Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. The hotel heralds rich tradition and culture with exquisite mooncake gift sets as presents to share with loved ones, family and friends.
Inspired by the Orient’s traditional flowers, these authentic mooncakes are imported directly from Hong Kong and symbolize luck, prosperity and honor. For this auspicious time, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila offers mooncakes in two gift boxes—Plum Blossom, which is a set of four pieces, available at Php2,588; and Peony, which consists of half a dozen pieces, at Php3,588.
Aside from mooncakes, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila encourages families to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by sharing an auspicious meal at the hotel’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Lung Hin. A team of highly experienced Chinese chefs has put together a well-defined menu of Cantonese specialties, including dim sum, roast meats and seafood, specifically for this season.
(Lung Hin is located at Level 44 of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, which can be found at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)