Celebrating Chinese New Year at Manila Pavilion Hotel


The night sky was filled with tiny specks of lights. They were spinning fast like a lightning, each one displaying radiant colors. From a distance, some would mistake it for a shooting star but the Chinese community in Metro Manila knows better. Fireworks were exploding everywhere. It was the Chinese New Year. Every nook in Chinatown was busy with their own celebrations. The deafening sound of the fireworks display became music to everyone’s ears as it was believed to ward off any bad spirits and bring good luck in the coming year.

My friends and I were on our way to Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casinos to celebrate this most-anticipated day. The iconic hotel kicked off their celebration with the spirited lion and dragon dances, which was performed by the Philippine Tong Sun Dragon and Lion Dance Group. The sound of firecrackers also filled the air.

lion dance chinese new year manila pavilionphoto credit: Manila Pavilion Hotel

Upholding century-old traditions, lucky coins were also thrown to different areas of the hotel including their restaurants, banquet rooms and offices. This practice is believed to attract blessings and summon good fortune, success, peace and prosperity.

buffet spread at Manila Pavilion

And like any other celebration, a lavish buffet spread was awaiting guests at their restaurant, the Seasons Cafe, an interactive lifestyle restaurant that offers Asian and continental dishes.

chinese new year fruit sculpture

The food choices of their oriental-themed dinner buffet was a sight to behold.

buffet section

Anyone who loves to indulge on great-tasting food would find it hard to resist sampling each dishes served. There were so many to choose from.

dessert spread

Chinese sweet delicacies were also available, which is believed to attract wealth and prosperity.

colorful tikoys

And the Chinese New Year celebration will never be complete without the tikoy or Niangao, the Chinese New Year’s cake made of glutinous rice. Eating tikoy at this time of the year is considered to bring good luck.

chinese cuisine

When you stay at the Manila Pavilion (check their rates), complimentary breakfast buffet is included and you get to enjoy the mouth watering cuisines prepared by their chef. You can enjoy different food offerings like cold hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, salads, sweets and cheeses.

desserts at the manila pavilion hotel

A live cooking station is also available where you can order freshly cooked Asian noodles. There’s also pasta, a dim sum station, roasts and many more. You’ll surely enjoy the flavorful dishes served at The Seasons Cafe.

buffet area

The staff at the restaurant are very accommodating too. They make sure they are within arm’s reach to attend to your needs.

the staff of Seasons at Manila Pavilion Hotelthe friendly staff of The Seasons Interactive Lifestyle Resto

dining areathe dining hall of Seasons

intimate dining area

For those who prefer some privacy while enjoying their dining experience, especially for large groups, there are separate rooms available to accommodate you.

Manila Pavilion dining hall

The Seasons restaurant has a wide dining hall and you can freely choose where you want to have your meals.

Manila Pavilion Hotel Season Restomore dining areas at The Seasons

During special occasions, such as this Chinese New Year celebration, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel indulges their guests and patrons to heavenly cuisines with their dinner buffet offerings. In fact this March, they are honoring the graduates with their promotional offerings. On normal days, you can still take your taste buds into an exciting gustatory treat at the Season’s Café by ordering meals à la carte.

seasons interactive lifestyle resto

Whenever you feel like celebrating, or whenever you feel hungry, consider dining at Manila Pavilion’s Seasons Café and enjoy their delightful cuisines.


Seasons Interactive Lifestyle Resto
Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino
United Nations Avenue
Ermita, Manila
1000 Philippines
Phone: +632 526-1212 local 2318
Fax: +632 526-2552
Email: wphc@waterfronthotels.net

Hours of Operation

Breakfast Buffet 6:00 AM – 10:30 AM Daily Ala Carte 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM Lunch Buffet 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Dinner Buffet 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

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  1. Manila Pavilion Hotel also encourages health and relaxation through its numerous facilities like the gymnasium, spas and saunas which offers a number of therapeutic services, and an indoor pool that would ease your body and prepare it for another busy day.


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