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FIERY FEAST WELCOME THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE GRAND DAME


FEBRUARY 4 -GOOGLE IMAGES The century-old Manila Hotel, scene of grand celebrations, has also become a Mecca for lovers of Chinese cuisine and traditions. The Mabuhay Palace is now the scene of joyous family gatherings, intimate reunions, and other occasions for enjoying the best Chinese food in the city. We felt like royalty at the press launch of the Grand Dame’s Chinese New Year celebrations a few days ago, savoring every morsel of the exquisite dishes all planned to bring luck, fortune, and happiness in the Year of the Fire Monkey. Mabuhay long-life prawns  (Images by Manny llanes) Mabuhay Palace executive chef Sun Bing (Images by Manny llanes) FIERY YEAR In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one of the five elements: gold (metal), water, wood, fire, or earth. The 4713th year in the Chinese horoscope calendar is the Year of the Fire Monkey, or the red monkey. Seers predict that this will be no ordinary monkey year. Unlike the sedate and calm goat of 2015, this year is predicted to be feisty, passionate, and a very cheeky year; just like the monkey. Historically, monkey years have been marked by major upheavals and disharmony. READ MORE...

ALSO: Atienza threatens to sue DPWH over missing statues on Baywalk


FEBRUARY 3 -NINOY AQUINO AND EVELIO JAVIER STATUE IN MANILA SOURCE: ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP BLOG Former Manila Mayor and now BUHAY Party List Rep. Lito Atienza is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to explain what has happened to the bronze statues of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former Antique Governor Evelio Javier which the agency had removed from the Roxas Boulevard Baywalk six months ago as part of the city’s clearing operation for rehabilitation work on the world famous promenade.
“We had written DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson last June 1, 2015 calling his attention on the disappearance of the two statues of our heroes and asking if the two were indeed in the department’s possession. They informed us that indeed they had removed the two monuments while the stretch of Roxas Boulevard was being rehabilitated and to prevent them from being further vandalized or stolen,” said Atienza in a manifestation made on the House floor recently. Atienza pointed out that the DPWH was rushing the rehabilitation work when it took the two statues and speed up construction at the Baywalk in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that was held in the country last November. READ MORE BY SOL VANZI...


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Fiery feast Welcome the Lunar New Year at the Grand Dame

MANILA, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi February 4, 2016 - The century-old Manila Hotel, scene of grand celebrations, has also become a Mecca for lovers of Chinese cuisine and traditions. The Mabuhay Palace is now the scene of joyous family gatherings, intimate reunions, and other occasions for enjoying the best Chinese food in the city.

We felt like royalty at the press launch of the Grand Dame’s Chinese New Year celebrations a few days ago, savoring every morsel of the exquisite dishes all planned to bring luck, fortune, and happiness in the Year of the Fire Monkey.


Mabuhay long-life prawns  (Images by Manny llanes)


Mabuhay Palace executive chef Sun Bing (Images by Manny llanes)

FIERY YEAR

In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one of the five elements: gold (metal), water, wood, fire, or earth. The 4713th year in the Chinese horoscope calendar is the Year of the Fire Monkey, or the red monkey.

Seers predict that this will be no ordinary monkey year. Unlike the sedate and calm goat of 2015, this year is predicted to be feisty, passionate, and a very cheeky year; just like the monkey. Historically, monkey years have been marked by major upheavals and disharmony.

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AUSPICIOUS FEAST


Suckling pig with cuapao (Images by Manny llanes)

The best came first: roast suckling pig so young it barely covers the serving plate, its bones barely discernible under the crisp skin. The pork slices are meant to be eaten inside steamed bread and seasoned lightly with plum sauce. There were more than enough slices for the dozen journalists at our table.

Our soup, thick with abalone and seafood, was a festival of textures. Abalone is believed to bring good fortune. Longevity is the blessing from the Mabuhay Long Life Prawns, consumed for the happiness it promises. Vermicelli, thin as hair, enveloped each large prawn before the bundles were deep-fried to perfection. The prawns were so fresh they tasted of sea breeze.


Hong Kong-style pigeon (Images by Manny llanes)

Pigeons are awaited in China for they signal the end of winter and the return of spring and all the prosperity of a new season. Our Hong Kong-style crispy fried pigeon was consumed by everyone with bare fingers, first dipping each bird in seasoned salt with a squeeze of lemon.

Prosperity was the message brought by the whole sea bass flambéed right on our table. The Chinese word for fish is “yu,” which is the word for abundance or riches.


Lotus-wrapped rice with sausages (Images by Manny llanes)

Sea cucumbers and mushrooms starred in our vegetable dish, while rice with Chinese sausage and dried mushrooms wrapped in lotus leaf gently ended the savory portion of our meal, which culminated with pan-fried tikoy handmade by Mabuhay Palace Executive Chef Sun Bing.


Sea cucumber and mushrooms (Images by Manny llanes)

LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIALS

The Manila Hotel is offering a special Chinese Lunar New Year room package from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8. For P8,888 net per room, it includes two tickets for the Chinese New Year Dinner Celebration with cocktails, full program, and Cantonese dinner.

On Feb. 7, the eve of the New Year, hanging Chinese lanterns and red flowers will delight visitors of all ages who will take part in the revelry as the hotel holds a colorful Dragon’s Eye Dotting Ceremony complete with a special lion and dragon dance while having cocktails at the Grand Lobby. Enjoy an authentic Cantonese dinner lauriat prepared by Chef Sun Bing with family, friends, and business partners.

To add more authenticity to the whole experience, head to the Mabuhay Palace and marvel at the walls adorned with handcrafted panels made of jade and precious stones, which narrate the tale of the philosopher, Confucius.

The restaurant has prepared a special Chinese New Year Set Menu for four for P2,288 net or dine for two for P2,880 net.


Fried special tikoy (Images by Manny llanes)

The “Nian gao” or tikoy, which symbolizes longevity, progress, and better life are available for purchase at the hotel’s prosperity booth at the Grand Lobby.


Atienza threatens to sue DPWH over missing statues on Baywalk by Sol Vanzi February 3, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share15


 NINOY AQUINO AND EVELIO JAVIER STATUE IN MANILA SOURCE: ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP BLOG

Former Manila Mayor and now BUHAY Party List Rep. Lito Atienza is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to explain what has happened to the bronze statues of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former Antique Governor Evelio Javier which the agency had removed from the Roxas Boulevard Baywalk six months ago as part of the city’s clearing operation for rehabilitation work on the world famous promenade.


BAYWALK, ROXAS BLVD, MANILA

“We had written DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson last June 1, 2015 calling his attention on the disappearance of the two statues of our heroes and asking if the two were indeed in the department’s possession. They informed us that indeed they had removed the two monuments while the stretch of Roxas Boulevard was being rehabilitated and to prevent them from being further vandalized or stolen,” said Atienza in a manifestation made on the House floor recently.

Atienza pointed out that the DPWH was rushing the rehabilitation work when it took the two statues and speed up construction at the Baywalk in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that was held in the country last November.

READ MORE...

But Atienza noted that the APEC meeting had come and gone, and yet the statues are still nowhere to be found.


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“When do they plan to reinstall these monuments? Gov. Javier’s death anniversary is coming up on February 11 while the country will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25,” Atienza charged.

He recalled that the statues, erected during his term as Manila Mayor, were put on the Roxas Boulevard Baywalk to constantly remind the people about their heroism.

“I fought with Evelio during the dark days of martial law until he was mercilessly assassinated like an animal in his very own town plaza. Our youth should know and remember the heroism of these modern day heroes,” he said.


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