Filipino-Chinese community recently welcomed the Year of the Green Wooden Horse, Manila Hotel started the new Chinese year with its annual dragon and lion dance held at the Manila Hotel lobby. The Manila Hotel's posh lobby was bursting with the three auspicious colors in the Lunar New Year: hues of red, gold and green. A prosperity booth in a corner where a scent of incense wafting in the air, and the different round fruits as an offering. Roll out boxes upon boxes of tikoy, special niam gao (tikoy), sticky rice cakes, prosperity cakes--which are believed to keep the family together the whole year. Manila Hotel's lobby was literally transformed into a chinatown. Red lanterns fill the posh chandelier filling the ceiling with golds and charms adorn every corner. Drums and a vivid display of colorful fabrics were also featured.
Guests also get to send their wishes for the year of the wooden horse by writing them down and sealed on Manila Hotel's red ang pao like envelopes and hang them on to The Grand Dame's dedicated peach trees at the grand lobby. The vibe and feel of a Chinoy (Chinese-Filipino) community is indeed contagious at the Manila Hotel. Thus, it comes as no surprise that more and more people, especially those of Chinese descent come to visit and stay at the Grand Dame--where they can both be in touch with their roots and at the same time enjoy the conveniences of a luxury hotel. "The Manila Hotel has been home to many important traditions celebrated by Filipinos, including the Chinese New Year. We ensure that our patrons leave our halls with a smile on their faces because of the memories they create and relive whenever they step inside the Hotel," said Manila Hotel Executive Vice President Dr. Enrique "Ricky" Yap, Jr. "From Mabuhay Palace's signature dishes to the visual feast in our Grand Lobby, we eagerly delight our guests with the way the Grand Dame celebrates the occasion."
The Grand Dame's Chinese New Year celebration is a gesture of solidarity with and respect for the Filipino-Chinese community. Aside from the long-standing tradition of welcoming the Chinese New Year, Manila Hotel invited Dr. Charlie Chau, a geomancer and Manila's top Feng Shui expert and professor at the International Institute of Chinese Esoteric Sciences Studies Center and his son, Hong Kong based Feng Shui Master, Vittorio Chau who blessed all the guests, the media as well as the Manila Hotel personnel during the said event.
Manila Hotel will continue to offer the Imperial Chinese New Year room package until February 9 for as low as Php 10,408.00 per night (for a maximum of two adults and two children per room). Patrons can stay at a Superior Deluxe Room, enjoy a special complimentary buffet breakfast for two at the Cafe Ilang-Ilang, use vouchers worth Php2,000.00 at the Mabuhay Palace in commemoration of this special holiday.
For inquiries and room reservations, please get in touch with Manila Hotel at 527-0011 local 1175 to 1179, while guests booking for tables in any of the Grand Dame's restaurants may call 527-0011 local 1261. For updates and promos, visit www.Manila-Hotel.com.ph
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