Festivals and Activities
Several activities for the Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival or Lunar Year) celebration have started in Manila last week, but the main events such as public concerts and fireworks display will happen all over Binondo during the Chinese New Year's Eve on February 7 and on the New Year’s Day itself, February 8.
Lucky Chinatown Mall has set up a Wishing Wall for the Chinese New Year festivity. People can purchase an ema board on which they can write down their wishes for the Year of the Monkey.
Special Lion and Dragon Dances will be held on February 7 and 8 in most hotels in Western Metro Manila such as The Manila Hotel (eve of Feb. 7), Diamond Hotel (Feb. 8, 11 AM), and Manila Pavilion Hotel (Feb. 8, 6 PM) in Manila City, among others; and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila at its Sunset Bar (eve of Feb. 7), and Midas Hotel and Casino (Feb. 8, 10 AM) in Pasay City.
To welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey, Sincerity Café and Restaurant has been offering the Lauriat Set Menu since February 1, 2016. This special New Year Menu worth Php1388 is comprised of six Chinese dishes (Xiamen Special Lomi, Crab Meat Spinach, Deep Fried Prawn Balls, Sweet & Sour Lapu-lapu, Patatim, and Lumpiang Shanghai) and comes with Fried Rice and watermelon drinks.
Photo courtesy of Sincerity Café and Restaurant
Amusement Parks and Attractions
The Manila Ocean Park has released an advisory that on February 14, the last ticket sales and entry at its Oceanarium is at 5 PM instead of 8 PM. The Oceanarium Tunnel will be closed for the parks’ Valentine's Dinner show.
On February 8 Star City in Pasay will have a Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance. Then on Valentine’s Day, patrons wearing red shirts will be given 50% discount on their Ride-all-you-can ticket purchases.
Photo courtesy of Star City
Hotels and Availabilities
February is also peak season for hotels and lodging places and early reservation is advisable especially if hotel accommodation on or before Valentine's Day is desired. Valentine hotel promos start as early as January 2016 such as the “Valentine Romance” promotional package of The Manila Hotel from February 12 to February 14, 2016. For Php14,000 per night, couples can enjoy dinner buffet and complimentary breakfast for two the next dayat Café Ilang-Ilang, massage at The Manila Hotel Spa, and a surprise gift to make the couple’s stay even more special.
Photo courtesy of The Manila Hotel
The “Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students,” an exhibit of Western and Chinese painting, will have its Grand Launch on February 7, in Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
This week promises a nice sunny weather with temperatures ranging from 29◦C to 33◦C, so those looking forward to do outdoor recreational activities this week are advised to bring umbrellas and wear sun block during the peak hours of the sun, or opt to travel when the sun is not too hot.