Chinese New Year in the Philippines spells "Tikoy Time" again. I have learned more than "Tikoy" and "ampaw" attending the Chinese New Year celebration at SM North EDSA The Block last Sunday with blogger friends.
The event hosted by Smart Gilas Basketball sensation Chris Tiu featured the story behind the Year of the Water Dragon, where Papa Chen (Richard Yap) from Binondo Girl played as the Dragon Emperor. Wushu exhibition and Chinese songs with the spectacular Dragon Dance were performed signifying the importance of the celebration annually observed by the Chinese and the Filipinos. Chinese New Year set on January 23, 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon and SM North like all the other SM malls in the country will feature exhibits of food and bargains to celebrate this joyous occasion.
We have enjoyed looking at our horoscopes on their wall exhibits and I've noticed all SM Malls still kept the tradition. Aside from the World of Feng Shui featuring Maritess Allen's Chinese Forecast 2012, onlookers may enjoy the Chinese Cultural Dolls Exhibit from Jan. 14-29, 2012. There will also be Chinese Icons Collectors Exhibit featuring Bruce Lee and Jet Li on Jan. 15-23, 2012 and Chinese Kids Lantern Parade on Jan. 20 and 23 in all areas. I've found great food treats of "tikoy" and "hopia" from exhibitors and a set Chinese merienda of chami pansit with dimsums at P99 only.
I love celebrating the Chinese New Year not just because of the "tikoy" and the lucky charms but because I see a different perspective on culture assimilation we have all adopted as Filipinos with the Chinese. Kung Hei Fat Choi!