Celebrating the Chinese New Year is tradition in Cebu, and no one does it better than Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

The hotel welcomed CNY 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog, with lion and dragon dances, eye dotting ceremony, Yee Sang Ceremony, firecrackers to ward off evil, coin toss, and a culinary celebration at Cafe Marco.

Cafe Marco serves up Chinese dishes in the food fest Culinary Impressions of China where diners can indulge in delectable creations for the Lunar New Year up until February 18.

Marco Polo Chinese New Year

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION. Guests prepare to hold the Prosperity Toss as part of the celebration at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Prosperity toss

Former Philippine Ambassador to China Francisco L. Benedicto,  Cathay Pacific Marketing and Communications Supervisor Connie Cimafranca, and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president Melanie Ng were among the guests of honor.

They joined Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly in the eye dotting ceremony and the Prosperity Toss. It is said that the higher the toss, the better the luck.

On occasion of the Chinese New Year 2018 celebration, the hotel is giving away freebies for those who book a stay by February 28, 2018. They get to enjoy extra benefits, including breakfast for two plus early check in and late check out subject to availability, 30 percent discount on second room booking, and complimentary room upgrade for those staying for three consecutive nights or more.

More photos of the event


Former Philippine Ambassador to China Francisco L. Benedicto during the eye dotting ceremony.


Prosperity Toss.


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly leads the lighting of firecrackers outside the hotel.


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

A traditional dragon dance at the lobby.


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Chili Beef Ribs



Pan-seared fish in green curry coconut and tomato sauce.


Stir fried beef.


Sauteed scallops.



Mixed seafoods.


Crispy noodles and pork


Chinese cold platter.


Chorizo Macau salad.


Mushroom and corn salad.


Spicy tofu salad.




Lychee cream puff.