by Abigail Javellana
(Copyright by Freepik)
Welcome, the Year of the Fire Rooster as Manila Chinatown will be loud, colorful and full of dragons! Chinatown and hotels will be once again be filled with decorations, dancers, and fireworks to usher in the new year!
So if you're looking for a delicious meal or join in the party, here's a list of where to celebrate your Chinese New Year in Manila...
1. Binondo, Chinatown
Welcome, the Year of the Fire Rooster at Manila Chinatown Gateway Arch this January 28, 2017! The world’s oldest Chinatown greets Chinese New Year with dragon dance, fireworks. Binondo is the place to be for Chinese New Year as Filipinos and tourists joined in the festivities to make the celebration even bigger.
Expect a series of concerts, dragon & lion dances, and fireworks display put in together by the city government and other stakeholders.
The streets are filled with vendors selling tikoy, lucky charms, rooster figurines and food items.
2. Manila Hotel
On the eve of Chinese New Year, Friday, 27 January 2017 celebrate this auspicious year at the Fiesta Pavilion of The Manila Hotel. Experience the promising beginnings and the revelry to welcome the year with a colorful lion and dragon dance followed by an eye-dotting ceremony. A celebration will not be complete without a sumptuous lauriat dinner with special dishes all prepared by Chef Sun Bing of the Mabuhay Palace.
World-renowned Feng Shui expert Master Joseph Chau Kam Shing together with his son, Master Vittorio Chau will share their predictions for the year.
For ticket reservations, please call Food and Beverage team at 527-0011 extension 1261-1262. To dine in any of The Manila Hotel’s restaurants, please call Restaurant Reservations at 527 0011 extensions 1260 or 1261.
Ground Floor, Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines.
For Reservations: +632 527-9469
Telephone: +632 527-0011, local 1346, 1347, 1348
Open for lunch daily: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Open for dinner daily: 6.00pm to 10.00pm
3. City of Dreams Manila
City of Dreams Manila ushers in the Chinese New Year with exceptional dining options and thrilling entertainment experiences signifying good luck, happiness, and prosperity. Crystal Dragon, one the luxury integrated resort’s premium restaurants, serves exclusive Chinese New Year-themed a la carte and set menus from January 16 to February 11, while 24-hour casual Chinese dining at Noodl8 offers sumptuous dishes for all of January and February. Themed gift items perfect for the festive occasion are likewise available at Café Society.
At The Shops at the Boulevard on the upper ground level, a three-day Year of the Rooster festival from January 27 to 29 showcases a variety of fun-filled Chinese New Year-themed activities and performances as well as a God of Fortune spreading gifts and good cheer to guests while roaming around the integrated resort.
For evening entertainment, guests can head to City of Dreams KTV’s elegant themed-rooms and sing to their heart’s content with special Chinese New Year ala carte dishes and unlimited Tsing Tao beer included in the package.
For restaurant reservations, call 800-8080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY OF DREAMS MANILA
Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard,
Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines
4. Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila ushers in the Lunary New Year with a bountiful feast prepared by Spiral’s culinary artisan, Chinese Chef Michael Tai. Embark in a gastonromic journey inspiring fortune and abundance featuring three variations of Chinese cuisine: Cantonese, Hakka and Sze Chuan. As the Year of the Rooster promises prosperity, happiness and opportunities, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents a featured culinary offer available from January 25 to 29, 2017 for the whole family to enjoy.
The featured menu showcase recipes from the Canton and Sichuan province and select dishes from Taiwain. Cantonese food is known for its freshness and for highlighting the natural taste of its ingredients. Sze Chuan dishes are known for its bold and spicy flavors headlined by the use of garlic, chili peppers and the famouse Sze Chuan pepper. Hakka cuisine is the definition of gastronomic simplicity yet inspires the finest flavors. Together in a epicurean ensemble, Chef Michael Tai presents an auspicious beginning to the Year of the Rooster. The menu showcases the luxurious abalone braised in superior sauce; steamed fish Hong Kong style; braised dry mussel with sea moss; golden prawn in salted egg yolk; sautéed scallop with sweet walnut in X.O. sauce; and Marmite crab.
For more information on Abundance: Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, please call +63 2 832 6988 or email H6308-FB12@sofitel.com.
SOFITEL LUXURY HOTELS Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
Facebook: Sofitel Manila
Telephone: +632 832-6988 or 551-555 Loc. 6988
5. Makati Shangri-La Manila
Makati Shangri-La, Manila celebrates this auspicious season with a luxe staycation, auspicious Chinese fare, and handcrafted favorites to usher in the Lunar New Year.
Everyone is invited to welcome the new year at Makati Shangri-La and witness the traditional lion and dragon dance at the grand lobby that includes a festive display of firecrackers on Chinese New Year’s Eve, January 27 at 10:30 p.m. and on Chinese New Year’s Day, January 28, 2016 at 12:30p.m.
Celebrate with loved ones and friends in a myriad of gastronomical feasts at Shang Palace featuring the Chinese New Year Set Menu, available on January 27 and 28 for lunch and dinner or you may revel in the Premium Dim Sum Plus on January 27, lunch time.
For table reservations and inquiries, please call restaurant reservations at (632) 813 8888 or e-mail email@example.com.
2nd Floor Makati Shangri-la Hotel
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines
Telephone: (+632) 813-8888
Dim Sum Plus: 11.30am - 2.30pm (Monday to Saturday)
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm (Monday to Saturday) , 10.30am - 2.30pm (Sunday)
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm (Monday to Sunday)
Website: Shang Palace
6. Conrad Manila
Usher in the Year of the Rooster on the eve of the Lunar Year, with a Lion and Dragon Dance performance in the evening of the 27th and during lunch on the 28th.
Bring in the luck and feast on sumptuous meals with family, friends, and business partners at the award-winning China Blue by Jereme Leung from January 15 to February 2, 2017.
Enjoy the specially prepared Lunar New Year set menu treasures by Chef Khorr and his culinary team featuring house specialties.
Give your palette a good start with Braised Abalone, Dried Oysters and sea cucumber with Seasonal Vegetables for success for business and financial prosperity. Relish mouthwatering Stir Fried lobster with golden broth XO sauce. Lobster in Chinese is the King of the Sea for wealth, happiness and prosperity. Warm the heart and stomach with steamed
seafood and mushroom Money bag in dry scallop sauce as part of the Chinese New Year Hot and Cold Combination Platter for good luck and to welcome “money in the bag”. Set menu starts at Php 28,888+++. Good for 10 persons, Lauriat style. Kung hei fat choi!“
For reservations and inquiries, please call +63 2 683 3915 or email
7. Mariott Manila: Man Ho
In celebration of the biggest festival in the Chinese Lunar calendar, Marriott Manila ushers in the Year of the Fire Rooster with a chest box filled with three
Man Ho is also inviting you to make your New Year celebrations more memorable with a lavish 11-course feast. Choose from two set menus:
The Good Fortune for Php 36,888++ includes marinated radish and black fungus as starters, assorted barbecued meat combination with a covetous suckling pig, braised dried oyster with garlic and vegetables, braised fish lip soup with sea cucumber and black mushroom, sautéed clam meat and sliced chicken with celery chili sauce, steamed live tiger Garoupa fish, deep fried crispy chicken, stir-fried kai lan with ginger sauce, fried rice cooked in Fujian style, and desserts like sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.
The Infinite Happiness Set for Php 42, 888++ includes appetizers like smoked fish and Japanese cucumber, roasted goose in Hong Kong style (a rare and first in Manila), roasted suckling pig, braised conpoy with dried oyster and vegetables, braised fish maw soup and shredded duck, sautéed scallops with asparagus in X.O. sauce, steamed live pink Garoupa fish, poached seasonal vegetables with salty egg and preserved egg, fried rice with diced chicken and salty fish, sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, steamed custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.
Make your reservations to catch these set menus from January 28 to February 11, 2017.
For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on the hotel’s latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat; and @manilamarirott on Instagram.
8. Resorts World Manila
Make 2017 a winning year with Feng Shui and BaZi master Joey Yap as he hosts the Manila leg of his annual Feng Shui and Astrology World Tour on January 18, 2017 at the Ceremonial Hall of the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Resorts World Manila (RWM).
RWM’s The Plaza in Newport Mall will be transformed into a mini-Chinatown, with a Chinese market featuring authentic and auspicious goods and food treats for the whole family from January 20-31.
A traditional dragon and lion dance will be performed to herald the Year of the Fire Rooster on January 29. A parade of lions will also be held throughout RWM’s gaming areas and Newport Mall to spread good fortune for the New Year.
For inquiries and reservations, contact Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833 or visit www.rwmanila.com for more details.
Resorts World Manila
Newport Boulevard, Newport City. Pasay 1309, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 (2) 908-8888
Have an Awesome Chinese New Year 2017 from the Our Awesome Planet team!
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila not covered in this list?