Celebrating Chinese New Year 2018 in Cebu

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I am not Chinese but the possibility of having a Chinese ancestor is not really remote.  As Ka Bino Guerrero said, "if you shake a Cebuano's family tree hard enough, a Chinese will fall off!". We recently celebrated the Lunar New Year or more popularly known as Chinese New Year.   I consider myself fortunate as I was able to witness two grand Chinese New Year celebrations.   I went to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for Chinese New Year's Eve and then to Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan for the New Year's Day feast.

Chinese New Years Eve at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


On Chinese New Year's Eve, I went to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu to witness how they meet the new year.  Marco Polo Plaza Cebu's  #CNY2018 celebration had firecrackers, kung fu exhibition, Lion and Dragon dances, traditional wee sang toss and coin toss.  Cebu City's premier hotel left no stones unturned in meeting 2018, the year of the Earth Dog.  It was really grand.

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As a food blogger though, the highlight for me would be the feast that happens to start an auspicious year.   I enjoyed the variety of Chinese dishes as well as my Cafe Marco favorites like the Malicious Cookies.

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When it comes to hotel buffets, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu never disappoints. I enjoyed several platefuls and as usual, I went home with a #happytummy.

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In the end, I had to leave some room on my bulging stomach because my Chinese New Year's celebration was just getting started.


Chinese New Year's Lunch at Waterfront Hotel and Casino Mactan


After an awesome Chinese New Year's Eve, I had to wake up early because I had a New Year's lunch invite and I had visitors from Singapore.   Singaporean Blogger Grace Tan and her husband Derek were visiting Cebu.  Since they are Chinese, it was fitting that I bring them along to lunch.

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I drove the cute Singaporean couple along with my blogging buddies to Waterfront Hotel in Mactan.  Waterfront's #CNY2018 festivities also had Lion and Dragon dances before we celebrated Chinese New Year with a bountiful lunch. 

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The highlight of their Chinese New Year's banquet was their Prosperity Hotpot.  It is pretty similar to Shabu-Shabu where you make your own soup with a wide choice of ingredients.  Since I know Grace and Derek were more familiar with this type of cuisine, I made them in-charge of the hot pot.  Grace made an awesome Prosperity Hotpot and I really loved it. 

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I enjoyed the prosperity hotpot along with the excellent Filipino dishes of the Cafe Uno buffet.  I also got to enjoy a lot of sticky desserts because Chinese tradition believes that eating sweet and sticky dishes during New Year will bring a lot of luck.

Thanks to my friends from Waterfront Hotel and Casino Mactan and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, I started my lunar new year with a big smile on my face and a full belly.  Gong Xi Fa Cai and may we all be blessed with a lot of luck and fortune in 2018!!!