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Weekender: January 20, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!
by Gelo Gonzales | Jan 20, 2012
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A long weekend looms in front of us, for which we can thank this little celebration called the Chinese New Year. Let’s join in the festivities shall we, and check out where best to indulge in all things tikoy and Kung Hei Fat Choi below.

Celebrate the New Year, Chinese style!
First on our list is SM Megamall, which will be holding a massive feast filled with Chinese delicacies all yours to enjoy at the Dragon Market at the SM Megamall Event Center. The celebration started last January 13 and will be running up to the 23rd. A 20-foot prosperity tree has also been put up at the second floor of the Mega Atrium where you can dine some more and win lucky ang paos.

The party continues at Seasons at the Manila Pavilion Hotel, which promises a buffet fit for an emperor this entire weekend. Usher in the New Year with a full belly for just 1,600 pesos for lunch and 1,800 pesos for dinner. For inquiries and reservations, call Seasons located at Manila Pavilion Hotel telephone 526 1212 ext. 2318 or visit

The Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila invites you to partake and soak in some Kung Hei good vibes as the hotel presents an exquisite menu of authentic Cantonese dishes along with a dragon dance performance. At the helm of this feast is Executive Chef Josef Miklave who will be tickling your taste buds with his set menus at Li Li and Market Café buffet.

Xin Tian Di at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria welcomes the year of the dragon in the grandest way they can as well. A traditional Lion and Dragon dance performance will rock the place at 11 am, with a sumptuous feast right after.  

Last but not the least we have Marriott Manila. A traditional Lion and Dragon dance will be happening at the lobby at 3 PM, with an exciting fireworks display by the Philippine Ling Nam taking place right after.

Catch Chinese flicks
The 6th Chinese Spring Film Festival is about to take place from January 20 to 29 at the Shang Cineplex at the Shangrila Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong. Presented by the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute, the festival will play host to six top-caliber films that cater to different age groups and audiences. Admission is free as well, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Dance ‘til you drop

Bigfish and Freedom Music presents this year’s first biggest dance music festival, Trance Energy 2012. Headlining the event are worldwide phenom, Dash Berlin, the tandem of Super 8 & Tab, and local DJ Christian Raeuber.

For ticket inquiries and VIP table reservations, please contact (02) 6327762 or (02) 6348238. For more information, visit

And the biggest concert of the week is…
Katy Perry Live in Manila. Yes, Ms. California Girl herself will be flying over to perform live on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at SM MOA Concert Grounds! For ticket inquiries, please call Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999. Even if you’re not a fan of her music, hey, you can’t deny that you’d still want to see her, right?

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Get yer Lourd autographs here
Another This Is A Crazy Planets book signing comes your way this January 21, 2012 at the National Bookstore in SM Manila from 2 PM to 5 PM. If you haven't had your copies signed yet by Lourd de Veyra, now's as good a time as any! Get your book signed before it's too late!

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