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  • Celebrate The Year Of The Rat At These Chinese New Year Events In Manila This Weekend

    Watch dragon and lion dance performances, eat Chinese dishes, and more!
    by Kate Borbon .
Celebrate The Year Of The Rat At These Chinese New Year Events In Manila This Weekend
  • This 2020, the Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25. In different parts of Metro Manila, you’ll find an exciting celebration that is sure to give you and your family a fun-filled weekend. Here are just some of them.

    Chinese New Year 2020 events in Manila

    Robinsons Malls

    Visit the Robinsons Mall nearest you and join in on the fun! On January 25, catch a Chinese calligraphy and fan painting workshop at Robinsons Magnolia (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), a feng shui forecast with Master Hanz Cua at Robinsons Place Manila (4 p.m.), a pagoda display at Robinsons Galleria (until January 31), and more.

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    SM Supermalls

    Don’t miss out on the festivities at SM Supermalls! Until January 26, get the chance to have a culinary feast and win group dining deals, shop at Chinese bazaars, watch traditional Chinese performances, listen to a Chinese zodiac forecast, and more.

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    Araneta City

    PHOTO BY courtesy of Araneta City

    At Araneta City, January 25 is jam-packed with events you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Chinese dragons, lions, and drummers will be performing in all developments in the City. At Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and New Farmers Plaza, you can hear from feng shui Master Hanz Cua, have a with tarot card reader Rob Rubin, participate in a tassel knot-making contest, and take pictures in a Chinese New Year-themed photo booth.

    To join in on the festivities, simply present a single-receipt purchase worth a minimum of P500 from any Araneta City establishment to the registration tables at the mall activity areas from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Araneta City is located at General Aguinaldo Avenue, Quezon City.

    Bonifacio High Street

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    Bonifacio High Street’s Chinese New Year celebrations will take place all weekend. On January 25, watch a Chinese zodiac astrology installation at the BHS Park, watch a dragon dance, traditional performances and a fireworks display at BHS Activity Center, and shop at the Katipunan Weekend Market’s Chinese New Year Fair.

    If you spend P2,000 or more at any BHS store, you can exchange your receipts and choose between a consultation with a feng shui or tarot master or receive an ang pao with a surprise treat from Serenitea or Din Tai Fung.

    On January 26, you can join activities like a chopsticks workshop (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.), a charm bracelet workshop (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), and a Chinese calligraphy workshop (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

    Bonifacio High Street is located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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    Quezon City


    QC residents won’t have to go far to celebrate Chinese New Year! The January 26 celebration will start with a motorcade parade at 3 p.m., followed by a program at 4 p.m. consisting of a dragon and lion dance, wushu performances, and predictions from feng shui master Rev. Fr. Wong Seng Tian.

    The Quezon City CNY celebration is happening on January 26, 2020 at Banawe corner Calamba Streets, Quezon City.

    Shangri-La Plaza


    Aside from a dragon and lion dance on January 25 (10 a.m.), Shangri-La Plaza will also be hosting the Spring Film Festival until January 26, where you can watch movies like The Great Wall and Battle of Memories for free. You can also visit an exhibit of Chinese paintings (January 25, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.), a Chinese music concert (January 26, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.), and a painting workshop (January 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

    Shangri-La Plaza is located at EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

    Diamond Hotel

    PHOTO BY courtesy of Diamond Hotel

    At Diamond Hotel’s Corniche, enjoy authentic Chinese specialties until January 26 for P3,180++ per head. You can also try the Weekend Dimsum Delights for P999++ per head. For a minimum of spend of P5,000 at the buffet, you can pick a prize at the hotel’s Prosperity Tree and get a chance to win gift certificates and other premium items.

    On January 25, watch a dragon and lion dance (11 a.m.), listen to Chinese instrumental music at the lobby, and have a consultation with feng shui expert Angel Macalino (available for a minimum spend of P5,000 at the Corniche lunch buffet). On January 26, watch a dimsum making and noodle pulling demonstrations.

    Until January 26, you may also try out the hotel’s Chinese New Year Staycation package. Rates start at P5,000++ per night in a Deluxe Room, with inclusions like buffet breakfast for two, discounts on dining and laundry, massage and reflexology services, and complimentary shuttle service. Just book through the hotel website using the promo code PROSPER.


    Diamond Hotel is located at Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila. For inquiries or reservations, contact (632) 8528 3000 ext. 1121 or email restaurant_rsvn@diamondhotel.com or guestservices@diamondhotel.com.

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    Okada Manila

    Feast on set and a la carte menus at Okada Manila’s Catch by the Bay from January 24 to January 31. You can also catch the grand opening of The Sole Retreat Foot Spa, where you can enjoy a one-hour session of either Asian or Ingham Foot Reflexology for a discounted price of P888 from January 25 to 26.


    Okada Manila is located at New Seaside Drive, Parañaque City. For restaurant reservations, contact 8555 5799 or email restaurantreservation@okadamanila.com.

    City of Dreams

    On January 25, the God of Fortune will be roaming around the halls of City of Dreams and sharing blessings in those iconic red packets. Until January 26, you can also sign up with the Melco Club to get the chance to win COD freebies and receive treats from DreamPlay, including discount vouchers and exclusive hotel deals. On top of that, there will also be lion dance and acrobatics performances on February 2 (3 p.m.)!


    City of Dreams is located at Asana Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Brgy. Tambo, Parañaque City.

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