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Where to watch lion and dragon dances around Metro Manila

Where to watch lion and dragon dances around Metro Manila

Gela Suacillo

For the Chinese, the lion symbolizes power and wisdom. It’s a figure present during important festivals and occasions as a symbol of good fortune, and dances mimicking the animal are meant to chase bad energy away.

The Chinese New Year, in particular, highlights the significance of this tradition. Accompanied by drums, cymbals, and gongs, lion dances, which are more common than its reptilian counterparts, are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity for the year to come on top of creating a festive atmosphere and acrobatic exhibition for eager eyes.

We’ve listed a few places where you can catch these performances.

Ongpin St., Binondo

One of the best places to catch lion and dragon dances around the city is Binondo, which is believed to be the oldest Chinatown in the world. Ongpin St. in particular is home to incredible lion and dragon dances as a way to celebrate Chinese New Year—aside from food fairs and cultural activities throughout the day.

F1 Hotel Manila

Where: 32nd St. cor Lane A, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
When: Jan. 25, 12 p.m.

Diamond Hotel

Where: Roxas Blvd. cor. Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila
When: Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

The Bellevue Manila

Where: North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
When: Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

City of Dreams

Where: Asean Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd., Entertainment City, Brgy. Tambo, Parañaque City
When: Feb. 2, 3 p.m.

Shangri-La Plaza

Where: Main Wing, Grand Atrium, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
When: Jan. 25, 10 a.m.

TriNoma

Where: EDSA cor., North Ave., Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
When: Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

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