By Christian Jay B. Quialo
IT’S time paint the town red and attract some good luck for the year. Check out these events happening in the metro and get your Kung Hei Fat Choi on!
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Marco Polo will be kicking off the Chinese New Year festivities on February 15, 2018 with the Yee Sang Tossing Ceremony, which special guests from the Filipino-Chinese community will be partaking in. A giant Yee Sang bowl will be placed in the lobby where guests can toss the salad with the hotel’s signature giant chopsticks. Yee Sang or Prosperity Toss (Salad) is believed to bring good luck—the higher you toss the salad, the more luck you will have.
To bring in more good fortune, there will also be a lion and dragon dance, tossing of coins, eye dotting ceremony and lighting of fireworks to ward off evil. There will also be another ceremony on the 16th.
In the spirit of the Chinese New Year, Café Marco is indulging guests in an exquisite Chinese feast through Culinary Impressions of China from February 15 to 18, 2018.
Marco Polo also has great deals on accommodation. Book a room until February 28, 2018 and avail of sweet perks such as breakfast for two, early check-in and late check-out, 30% off on a second room and complimentary room upgrade for guests staying for three consecutive nights or more.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa
Have the world’s different cuisines and flavors on your plate at Tides. Lunch buffet is P1,670++ per person (P1,118++ for Golden Circle members), while dinner buffet is P2,280++ per person.
At Tea of Spring, the resort’s Chinese food outlet, classic Chinese dining is elevated with posh and stylish restaurant interiors. Lunar New Year set menu for four persons is at P8,888++ and P23,888++ for 10 persons. Chef Boon Bun Hoe, the restaurant’s executive sous chef, won the gold prize at the World Golden Chef competition in Malaysia. He’ll be in the kitchen if you want to give him your compliments.
(Dining offers are available from February 15 to 18, 2018.)
On February 16 from 5pm to 9pm, kids can also join in on the celebration with their own party featuring a dinner buffet, magic show, pantomime performance, movies, games and lots of prizes. (In-house: P1,500 for kids, P1,000 for adults / Walk-in: P1,700 for kids, 1,200 for adults.)
In Kids’ Movie Time from February 15 to 18 (except February 16) at 6pm to 9pm, tots will enjoy a bento dinner, playtime at the Adventure Zone and a screening of a film. (Kid’s rate: P850 for in-house, P1,000 for walk-in)
SM Seaside City Cebu
Starting February 11, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students will be showcasing 240 lanterns and more than a hundred scrolls in an art exhibit at the Mountain Wing Atrium. For those who want to give Chinese painting a try, there will be a free workshop at 4pm on the same day. The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the Philippines today.
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
As per annual tradition, Waterfront welcomes the Lunar New Year with a roaring and zestful Lion and Dragon dance at the Grand Lobby on February 15, 2018 at 6pm. Guests are in for a visual feast as the night will be concluded with a breathtaking fireworks display.
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
On February 16, 2018, Crimson Resort’s Saffron Cafe brings your Chinese and Oriental favorites to Cebu in one sumptuous buffet. To formally celebrate the Year of the Dog, there will a Lion and Dragon dance, as well as a Yee Sang tossing ceremony. (P1,600++ per person, inclusive of unlimited oolong tea)