Chinese New Year at the SM Mall of Asia Monday, February 15, 2010
TV personality Tessa Prieto-Valdez with Feng Shui Expert Maritess Allen
The SM Mall of Asia celebrates the Year of the Tiger with Chinese cultural performances, and forecasts from feng shui expert Maritess Allen. And from the looks of it, the mall will be celebrating Chinese New Year in a big way with giant money tree and tiger display at the Atrium. Chinese legend has it that the money tree is some kind of holy tree, which not only brings money and fortune, but is also a symbol of affluence, nobility, and auspiciousness.
According to Chinese New Year custom, money trees made from pine or cypress branches are nestled inside a porcelain pot filled with rice grains. Melon seeds and pine nuts are sprinkled over the top of the rice, while gold and silver coin garlands decorate the branches. Symbols of long life like paper cranes and deer also embellish the tree, which is usually topped by the genie of wealth Liu Hai, or the character of happiness.
This is also the start of the Year of the Golden Tiger, a sign of courage, power, passion, and royalty. And the Mall of Asia’s Chinese New Year festivities were launched lucky talk by feng shui expert Maritess Allen who was joined by TV personality Tessa Prieto Valdez.
The event also included an exhibition of the Diablo or Chinese Yoyo, a traditional Chinese Fan Dance by the Philippine Ling Nam Athletes Association.
Lion Dancers will be going around the mall on Sunday, Feb. 14 in celebration of Chinese New Year.
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the SM Mall of Asia!