SHANGRI-LA Plaza ushers in the Chinese New Year with a series of cultural performances and events. The Grand Atrium’s 26-meter high ceiling is festooned with over 2,000 Chinese lanterns, and special areas of the mall are filled with icons to welcome the Year of the Dog.
The festivities begin with this year’s Spring Film Festival which will showcase six films from different genres that encapsulate the uniqueness of Chinese cinema. The festival opens with a special gala night on Feb. 13, 6 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, featuring a Kaoka performance by members of the Ateneo de Manila University faculty and students. Mall guests and cinephiles can catch the films free of admission until Feb. 18 at the Shang Cineplex, Cinema 4.
Also on Feb. 13, a Chinese Painting Exhibit opens at the Grand Atrium, featuring works by students and masters of the Ateneo Confucius Institute. The exhibition runs until Feb. 18, culminating with a Chinese Painting Workshop (Paint Your Jeans) at 2 p.m. at the Grand Atrium. It is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
On New Year’s Day, Feb. 16, a mall-wide Chinese Dragon and Lion Mall Walkthrough takes place at noon. On Feb. 17, 2 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, there will be a Chinese Music Concert by the Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center featuring the Philippine York Lin School Chorale, an er hu exhibition, a performance by a local Chinese orchestra, a wushu exhibition by the Philippine York Lin School Wushu Group and a performance by pianist Albert Cedric Tan.
The Philippine Ling Nam Dragon and Lion Exhibition will be held on Feb. 25, 2 p.m. There will also be a fireworks display on Feb. 15, 9 p.m. at the Streetscape; the Flavors of China market from Feb. 8 to 18 at the Food Forum; consultations for a lucky year with Charlie Chao on Feb. 16 and 17, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Luxury Lane; and Mysterium Manila on Feb. 16-18 at the Level 4, Open Café. The Oodles of Noodles food fest will run from Feb. 16–28, featuring special noodle dishes with special discounts from participating restaurants.