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Where to Celebrate the Incoming Year of the Metal Rat 2020 Edit

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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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With the Lunar New Year fast approaching, we already had our eyes on where to go for this festive celebration. Some may opt for a staycation in Binondo to have easy access to all the celebrations in the area, others can finally go to the long-postponed food tour with their friends, or a quick visit to the Chinatown Museum can enlighten you of the colorful past of Binondo. 

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The Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch

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Chinese Arch 

The festivities of the Lunar New Year will be concentrated in the decked out streets of Binondo. What better way to celebrate the coming Spring Festival but by sampling all the Chinese delicacies offered in the oldest Chinatown in the world?

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Lucky Chinatown

In Binondo, you’ll find the most authentic sweets and desserts like the well-loved Tikoy, famous for its sticky consistency that is vital for families to stick together this new year. 

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Tikoy

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Eng Bee Tin Hopia

Looking for more Chinese eats? Read our full article on Restaurants in Binondo and their Specialties.

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Masuki Mami

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Chinese Food Stall 

Every year, the EDSA Shangri-la Plaza holds a Spring Film Festival, a free-for-all movie marathon of Chinese cult-favorite films from past years. 


This year, they will hold the 14th Spring film Festival, a week-long celebration leading up to the Lunar New Year. Apart from the film showing, other activities in this festival also include Chinese painting exhibits, Chinese Music Concert, and a painting workshop. Activities start from January 19 to January 26. Check out the full list of movies and activities on their Facebook page: Spring Film Festival

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14th Spring Film Festival I Photo by Spring Film Festival  

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14th Sring Film Festival Movie Schedules I Photo by Spring Film Festival

Art in Island will be offering a special promo just in time for the Chinese New Year. From January 23 to the 25th, they will have a ticket slash off for early birds. This promo is equivalent to bringing along a friend and only paying for one full-priced ticket.

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Art in Island 3D Interactive Museum I Book here

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Art in Island 3D Interactive Museum I Book here

There are many things to do for the incoming Lunar New Year and even more things to do to celebrate new beginnings this coming Year of the Metal Rat. So put on your red clothes, shop for some oranges, and most importantly, spend this holiday with your families. 

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Chinese Temple 

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Chinese Incense Offerings

Need more travel ideas within Manila? Read our full story: 31 Best Things to do in Manila

Where to stay

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Hotel Lucky Chinatown I Book here

To kickstart your year of amazing adventures, we are offering a 10% discount site-wide. Use the code CNY2020.

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Start your New Year adventures here! 


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