Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gastronomic Luck and Fantastic Futures Foretold at the Heritage Hotel’s Year of the Golden Rabbit Bash


Over at the Manila Bay area and further to the famed Roxas Boulevard, one of its key landmarks – the Heritage Hotel Manila, the premiere 5-Star International Deluxe Hotel ushered the Chinese Lunar New Year with the ceremony of the Yu Sheng Prosperity Salad Toss which it first popularized in town among the business community. The unique tradition is now quickly gaining grounds as a novelty among locals and thereby inducing other Hotels and restaurants to offer it on the menu.

As part of the Millennium Hotels and Resorts with a number of sister property Hotels in Singapore and Malaysia, the Heritage Hotel continues to spread the trailblazing gastronomic goodness of the Yu Sheng Good luck toss as shared by members of the diplomatic corps, corporate head honchos and media personalities during its recent Chinese New Year fete at the Artists Ballroom.

The spacious venue hall was adorned with gigantic Chinese golden coins, dozens of cherry blossoms and graced by a tandem of fortune tellers, a calligrapher & a pair of rhythmic traditional lion dancers punctuating the opening salvo for the Year of the Golden Rabbit.

The Heritage Hotel General Manager Mr. Eddie Yeo cited Singaporean Feng Shui Expert Lynne Yap in his welcome speech that “If good things happen on first day of the Chinese New Year, then great things will happen for the rest of the year.”

In this light, it’s always wise to cultivate good karma. The Heritage Hotel launched its Good Corporate Citizenship program via its wishing well cum fund raising facility for the benefit of Asilo de San Vicente de Paul (ASVP), one of the oldest orphanages in the Philippines, in operations for 125 years and focused on the uplifting the state of poor and needy children and the youth through provisions for basic needs, education, social support and spiritual development.

Posh guests turned the page from sowing the seeds of kindness to flinging techni-colored ingredients for symbolisms of abundance, prosperity, harmony and good health. The Hotel’s Marketing Communications Manager Mina Gervacio and its Executive Chef Alex Chong led the well-heeled crowd to the auspicious Yu Sheng ceremony.

Armed with chopsticks, guests tightly huddled with others around the table for mixing and tossing the rainbow-colored array of ingredients: fresh raw salmon, lime, pomelo, pepper & 5-spice, oil, carrots, plum sauce, lime, sesame seeds, peanut crumbs and crackers over the multi-hued & shredded raddish whilst shouting “Lo Hei!” with gusto and making wishes of joy and great things to come.

The healthy and lucky appetizer was ensued by the delectable Lunar New Year Cocktails of Roast Duck, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Mee Goreng and hand-made Chinese dimsums and dumplings.

Fabulous raffle prizes of an Overnight at an Executive Suite at the Heritage Hotel, 3 Days, 2 nights stay at sister-property Hotels in China particularly Millennium Hotel Wuxi and Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen were given away during the program.
One of the key highlights of the night was the fearless forecast of Prof. Charlie Chao, renowned Feng Shui Expert, former president of the International Institute of Chinese Esoteric Sciences Studies Inc. and a guest Professor of Fuzhou Teacher College of Fujian, China.

For 2011, Prof. Chao highlights, “... the metal element is on top of the Rabbit, which has a wood element at the bottom. In Chinese I-Ching, this scenario is for wealth. Hence, it is a sign of prosperity. Accordingly, the world economy and the current financial situation will improve and continue its recovery and turn for the better… Real estate, construction, telecoms, media, hotel and tourism will have bright prospects.”

It’s indeed an opportune time for abundance and harmony in the Year of the Golden Rabbit. The Heritage Hotel Manila is a member of the Millennium Hotels and Resorts. For inquiries and reservations please call 854.888 or e-mail


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