Chinese New Year Specials

Feng Shui expert graces Manila Hotel Dragon Year celebrations


In keeping with tradition, Manila Hotel is welcoming the year of the water dragon with a grand festivity for luck and prosperity. Dragon dances, fireworks, and a special consultation by international Feng Shui expert Marites Allen will mark the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Manila Hotel.
On January 22 to 23, 2012, the Manila Hotel Lobby Lounge will be opening its doors for a Grand Chinese New Year Bazaar featuring different stores selling lucky charms, house decorations, delectable Chinese delicacies, and other great buys for the start of the year.
The countdown to Chinese New Year will begin at 9:30 in the evening on January 22 with the dotting of the Dragon Eye.

Marites Allen will conduct incense lighting, blessings, and rituals to usher in the Year of the Water Dragon. As the clock strikes 12, Allen will give out her Predictions and Forecasts for 2012 as she shares her expertise in Geomancy and Feng Shui. A horoscope book and lucky charm from Allen will also be given to guests who will participate in the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Manila Hotel.

As the sky lights up with a colorful firework display, guests will delight at the auspicious meal prepared by Manila Hotel Executive Chinese Chef Sun Bing.

An important part of the celebration, the dishes will symbolize luck, longevity, and wealth for the coming year. For the Chinese New Year, Mabuhay Palace is offering a wide array of sumptuous meals including Steamed Garoupa Fillet in Brown Sauce, Dried Fried Shrimp Glazed with Almonds, and the traditional Nian Gao. Fish, which is usually served whole, is an important part of the meal as it symbolizes abundance for the year ahead. The Deep Fried Shrimps, on the other hand, signifies happiness and well-being for the entire family. A permanent dish on the dining table, the Nian Gao or Tikoy symbolizes the togetherness of the family and its usual circular shape represents the never ending flow of luck.

Regular tickets for the Chinese New Year at the Manila Hotel are priced at PhP 2,188.00 and Premium tickets are priced at PhP 3,188.00.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, please call 527 0011 local 1108 or 1243.

Welcome the Dragon at Discovery Suites
Discovery Suites, the premier serviced apartment in Ortigas offers special room packages for the 3-day Chinese New Year weekend. 
Stay a minimum of two nights from January 20 to January 23, 2012 and get discounted rates on the Junior and the spacious One Bedroom suites. The package includes breakfast buffet for 2 at Restaurant 5, complimentary internet access en suite, and a courtesy 10-minute shoulder massage upon check-in.   Guests will also have the option to upgrade to Discovery’s newly-renovated Serendipity suites.
Restaurant 5, likewise opens its doors to the public on January 20 to January 22 for a lavish Chinese-inspired lunch buffet.   Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco will delight guests with savories including assorted dim sum, steamed pork bun, Hainanese Chicken, Roasted duck, noodles and many others.  
For inquiries and reservations, call Discovery Suites at (632) 719.8888 / 914.9888 or e-mail [email protected].

Gong Xi Fa Cai at Crowne Plaza

Breathe fire into Chinese New Year festivities at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria on January 23, 2012 as the hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant, Xin Tian Di comes alive in resplendent red hues to herald the coming of the year of the dragon. This mythical creature of the Chinese zodiac is believed to be the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness.  To pay homage to its divine qualities, Chinese Executive Chef Sam Lee will be introducing Hong Kong’s famed lucky specialty, the Braised Mini Whole Abalone with Dried Scallop in Melon Ring.
Mark the beginning of the celebration with the traditional Lion and Dragon dance performance that will make its way around the hotel at 11:00 a.m. Then move the celebration to Xin Tian Di and usher the powerful dragon through a delicious feast. Aside from the famed Abalone, traditional auspicious dishes will be offered such as Braised Pork Knuckles with Dried Oyster and Sea Moss which signifies wealth and Steamed Lapu Lapu “Teochew Style” which is a symbol for progress. There is also the famous Chinese New Year staple the Yu Sheng Salad, popular for its symbolic tossing ceremony. It is believed that the higher you toss the salad, the more fortune you are bound to receive.
Send off blessings to your loved ones with Xi Tian Di’s signature Chinese New Year goodies. Exchange good luck greetings and giveaway lucky tokens such as Fish Tikoy for longevity and Pineapple Tarts for prosperity. These delicacies are available at Xin Tian DI or Agenda until January 23, 2012.
For inquiries call Xin Tian Di at 633 7222 or email [email protected]

Dragon celebrations at the Diamond Hotel

From January 20 to 23, 2012, usher in the Year of the Water Dragon with a majestic overnight stay in a superior room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Corniche for guests staying two consecutive nights.
Enjoy the generous spread of sumptuous Chinese dishes at the Corniche buffet, including traditional New Year celebratory fares – Peking Duck, Chinese Roasted Suckling Pig, Steamed Grouper and Assorted Dimsum. And of course, leave room for dessert so you can chow on Turnip Cakes, Tikoy (Glutinous Rice Cake) and other sweet treats. Spend a minimum of P5,000 and get to pick a prize from the Prosperity Tree for a chance to win hotel accommodations, dining certificates, Health Club & Spa treatments, and other prizes.
To complete the festive celebration and to draw in more luck, an exhilarating Dragon and Lion Dance performance is set on January 23, 2012, at the hotel lobby.
For inquiries and reservations, please call  (632) 528-3000. For more information, please visit For hotel updates and special offerings, follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

Intercon Year of the Dragon Specials
InterContinental Manila prepares a line-up of auspicious room and food promotions and activities as it welcomes the Year of the Water Dragon. From January 23 to February 6, 2012, the hotel hosts Prosperi-TEA, a special exhibit of Chinese teapots from a private collection, at the lobby. 
The hotel offers special rates for the Gong Xi Fa Cai Room Packages where guests can enjoy exclusive amenities and services such as access to the top floor Club Lounge for express check-in and check-out, butler service, full concierge and business service, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, free use of internet workstations and the meeting room, and use of state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Guests will likewise be entitled to a free 30-minute fortune and life counseling for two persons by Master Noel Resella at the lobby, fortune cookie/Chinese ampao upon check-in and a choice of lunch or dinner buffet for two at Café Jeepney.
At the Gambrinus Bar a fine selection of exquisite Chinese tea blends, sandwiches, scones and cakes will be served from 11 AM to 5 PM daily from January 15 to February 15 while Café Jeepney will hold a Chinese food festival from January 23 to February 6. A spread of popular Chinese dishes and sweets prepared by Café Jeepney chefs led by Chinese food specialist, Roberto Ocopio, will be part of the restaurant’s daily lunch and dinner buffet offerings.
For more information and reservations, please call InterContinental Manila at793 7000
Fortune Teller—Master Noelle Resella will conduct a coin divination and tea leaf readings for InterContinental Manila patrons.

Get a Free overnight stay at Acacia Hotel
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Acacia Hotel Manila is offering two special room packages from January 21 to 23, 2012.  Stay for two nights on this long weekend and receive a gift certificate for a weekend overnight stay for free. Perks include buffet breakfast for two persons, a choice of one lunch or dinner buffet for two, late check-out at 3 PM and good luck turn down amenities.
Witness a special dragon dance performance on January 23, 2011, at 12 noon, at The Lobby and head for the Acaci coffeeshop for a sumptuous lunch buffet feast with several Chinese favorites included in the spread.
For more information on Acacia Hotel Manila’s January offerings, please call 720 2000 or 588 5888 or visit their website at