ON the eve of the Lunar New Year, Marco Polo Plaza Hotel welcomed the Year of the Sheep with a spectacle of age-old Chinese traditions. The grand lobby was transformed specially for the occasion, adorned with paper lanterns and a prosperity tree right in the middle, where guests and patrons gathered to take part in the festivity.
The celebration started with a lion dance as firecrackers were lit outside, an act meant to drive bad spirits away. It was followed with the ceremonial Yee Sang toss that was participated by dignitaries, members of the local Chinese community and hotel executives namely Consul General Zhang Weiguo, Consul Samuel Chioson, Consul Candice Gotian Uy, general manager Julie Najar, Connie Cimafranca, Jessica Avila, Dickson Lim, Edmun Liu, Mayen Tan, Melanie Ng, Henry Chua and Pocholo Yrastorza. (FSE)