• The good egg

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    Decorating these edible oblongs was dated as early as 60,000 years ago

    Decorating these edible oblongs was dated as early as 60,000 years ago

    How Easter egg traditions began
    Decorating and hunting for eggs is a symbolic tradition that celebrates Easter Sunday, or the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It makes this joyous occasion more fun and exciting for young and old alike. After days of fasting, abstinence and personal reflection, Easter allows for renewal and new beginnings.

    While the concept of Easter Egg hunts may seem quite modern, it is surprising to know that the use of an egg as an Easter symbol traces back to the ancient Egyptian, Persian, and Semitic civilizations that believed the origin of the world came in the form of an enormous egg.

    During the spring season, pagans would celebrate and use the egg as a symbol of the rebirth of the Earth. The early Christians later adapted this practice and likened the egg to the tomb from where Christ rose.

    Decorating these edible oblongs was dated as early as 60,000 years ago when Ostrich eggs with engravings were found in Africa.

    Hotel staycation with the family

    Hotel staycation with the family

    Although the origin of this tradition is different depending on culture and religion, the egg symbolizes new life—a time to start fresh with a happier, more vibrant and positive perspective in life.

    Once again, as the time for new beginnings approaches, The Manila Times compiles a series of Easter activities that you and your loved ones can enjoy.

    Have a blessed Holy Week and a meaningful Easter celebration.

    @Acacia Hotel Manila
    An egg-stra special day awaits families at Acacia Hotel Manila with the Chocolate Easter Wonderland happening at the Grand Acacia Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This party offers a sumptuous buffet brunch featuring kid-friendly international cuisine, various parlor games, Easter egg hunting, activity booths, candy buffet and entertainment for kids and kids at heart. For inquiries, call 720-2000, or e-mail enquiry@acaciahotelsmanila.com.

    @Activefun Children’s Play and Party Center
    On April 0, Activefun Children’s Play and Party Center adds a unique and fun twist to the traditional Easter egg hunting—instead of looking for the hidden eggs, kids will be challenged to climb into Activefun’s multi-level play facility to comb around and collect as many Easter Eggs as they can. Exciting prizes at stake await the lucky winners. For inquiries, call 869-0800.

    @Bellevue Manila
    A one-of-a-kind Easter weekend happens at The Bellevue Manila as it offers a special room packages that come buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids below six years old, and two complimentary tickets to The Bellevue Easter Kiddie Party on April 20. For inquiries, call 771-8181, or visit www.thebellevue.com.

    @Crowe Plaza Manila Galleria
    It’s a Mardi Gras street party this coming Easter at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria’s Grand Ballroom. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., be dazzled with a series of activities such as Masquerade float parade, colorful costumes, exciting games, and of course everyone’s favorite Easter Egg Hunt. The child with the flashiest Mardi Gras costume will be hailed king and queen to win overnight stay at the hotel. For inquiries, call 633-7222.

    @Crimson Hotel
    Grab your baskets at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila where kids can enjoy the joyful spirit Easter with Hop, Hop and Away! Easter Egg Hunt Party happening at the grand ballroom from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Line up of activities include magic show, arts and crafts, glitter tattoo, face painting and the traditional egg hunt. Come in Easter outfit and get a chance to be surprised by the Easter Bunny. For inquiries, call 863-2222.

    @Diamond Hotel
    Join a Toyland Easter Adventure at Diamond Hotel Philippines on April 20 at the Grand Ballroom from 10am to 2pm. It’s a day of fun activities and delightful surprises that kids will surely enjoy like face and egg painting, balloon twisting, cupcake decorating, kiddie salon, photo booth, and live entertainment. Kids in animated costumes will get a chance to win prizes. For ticket inquiries call 528-3000, or www.diamondhotel.com

    @Discovery Shores Boracay
    Super heroes unite at Discovery Shores Boracay for an Amazing Easter celebration. Come dressed in your superhero best and enjoy exciting games like “The Super Egg Toss,” “The Incredible Egg Tower”, “The Marvelous Egg Race” and more. Registration starts at 1 p.m. at the beachfront. For inquiries, call 720-8888, or visit discoveryhotels-resorts.com.

    @Discovery Suites
    Discovery Suites presents a Super Duper Easter Party featuring a hearty merienda buffet, a special Easter presentation by Trumpets Playshop, Parlor games, food and game booths, raffle prizes, and a meet and Greet with famous super heroes. For inquiries, call 719-6761, or e-mail rsvn@discovery.com.ph.

    @Dusit Thani Manila
    Bunny mascot and mime artist are awaiting kids at the Dusit Thani Manila for activities including face painting, yummy cupcake decorating activity by Great Foods Solutions, and artistic clay pot painting that comes along with flower seeds. Kids are also in for treats from TJ hotdogs, Magnolia ice cream and cotton candy plus loot bags with goodies. For inquiries, call 238-8888.

    @Eastwood City
    Eastwood City is inviting all families to a globe-trotting Easter Wonderland World Explorers. The fun begins at the Main Terminal, where kids can be part of the World Explorers Parade of Nations at 2 p.m. by dressing up in the costume of their favorite country and even win prizes at the Costume Contest. Then at 3 p.m., families can experience games, attractions and treats from countries around the world at 10 exciting World Explorer Destinations like Tokyo, Africa and New York. For inquiries, call 709-9888, or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

    @Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
    Eastwood Richmonde Hotel spells exciting Easter eggs-perience with delightful room packages and buffet offerings. Choices for staycation include Holy Week Room Package from April 12 to 18, the Easter Celebration Package from April 19 to 20, and an Easter Room Package. Also on April 20, Eastwood Café offers a special lunch, merienda and dinner buffets. For inquiries, call 570-7777, or e-mail erh@richmondehotel.com.ph.

    @Edsa Shangri-La, Manila
    Edsa Shangri-La, Manila invites kids to dress in their fantasy winter-inspired costumes and have a chillingly good time at the Easter Frost Kiddie Party on April 20 to be held at the hotel’s Isla Grand Ballroom. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the hotel will be holding the Easter Frost event that transforms the hotel ballroom into an icy kingdom. For adults, the hotel offers a host of room and dining indulgences for the Lenten Season. For inquiries, call 633 8888, or e-mail events.esl@shangri-la.com.

    @Heritage Hotel Manila
    This April 20, The Heritage Hotel Manila aims to amaze and entertain children and adults alike with its Circus-themed party entitled Easter Circus Celebration at the Riviera Cafe. Starting with a sumptuous spread with a choice selection for kids, the event will run from 11:30 a.m. onwards with fun-filled Easter games, prizes, and raffles. For inquiries, call 854-8888, or e-mail foodbev@heritagehotelmanila.com.

    @Hyatt Regency Hotel
    Feel the icy wind at Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila as it brings Easter Summer Freeze. Play together with your kids in the various parlor games, arts and crafts, a culinary activity, face painting and Wii. Get ready to discover and explore Glacial Ice Eggs for incredible prizes and surprises. There will be lots of goodie bags for kids to take home. For inquiries, call 245-1234.
     
    @Mandarin Oriental, Manila
    Mandarin Oriental, Manila hosts various Easter celebrations fit for the entire family. On Easter Sunday, the hotel’s MO Lounge hosts an “Easter Experience” that encourages children to get their hands on egg painting, fun crafts and cake decorating with Executive Pastry Chef Darren Harding. Then, there is the “Easter Getaway” room package for the whole family. For inquiries, call 750-8888, or e-mail momnl-reservations@mohg.com.

    @Manila Hotel
    Manila Hotel announces its promotions and events this Easter. From April 14 to 20, stay at the Grand Dame through the Easter Eggcitement or Eggstreme Easter packages. Kids and kids-at-heart are also in for a fun Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Roma Salon. Lastly, the restaurants will have special deals for Easter Week. For inquiries, call 527-0011, or visit www.Manila-Hotel.com.ph.  

    @Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
    SPEND a meaningful Holy Week and devote quality time to reflect at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila where an introductory room offer would be given to guests, plus buffet breakfast for two at Cucina, complimentary Internet access and late check-out of up to 4 p.m. For dinner on Holy Week, Cucina also offers seafood options, and for Easter, a Sunday Brunch. For inquiries, call 720-7777 or visit www.marcopolohotels.com.  

    @Marriott Hotel Manila
    Marriott Hotel Manila is giving an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city this Easter beginning with a Sunday Brunch at Marriott Café 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then at Java+, a selection of eggs and bunnies made of 100 percent pure Belgian chocolate are up for grabs. Make your Easter break a more special with daily snacks for two persons at the Pool Bar.

    @Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
    Celebrate a week-long Easter with your loved ones at the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. From April 17 to 20, the renowned beachfront hotel offers attractive day-use packages and overnight room rates inclusive of delectable buffets, snacks and eggs-hilirating activities. More children’s activities happen from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday like bunny mask making, finger puppets making, and of course, the Easter egg hunt. For inquiries, call 316-0089, or e-mail hotel.cebu@moevenpick.com.

    @ New World Makati Hotel
    New World Makati Hotel invites guests to stay in the city with an exciting Easter staycation itinerary that features a Visita Iglesia in the spirit of a Holy Week tradition practiced by many Catholics. Some of the churches and chapels near the Hotel include the Chapel of Sto. Nino de Paz in Greenbelt, St. John Bosco Church in San Lazaro, Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Poblacion, etc. For inquiries, call 811-6888, or visit www.facebook.com/NewWorldMakatiHotel.

    @Pan Pacific Manila
    This Easter, hop away to Pan Pacific Manila for a Sunday Surprise lunch buffet prepared by the hotel’s team of culinary experts. Guests and kids will also be treated to Easter Kiddie Activities such as kiddie parlor games, cupcake and cookie decoration, kid’s Easter loot bags and an Easter egg hunt. For inquiries, 318-0788, or visit www.panpacific.com/manila.

    @Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
    Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is laying out all the essentials for a blissful Easter break escape including discounted room packages with buffet breakfast for two at the Richmonde Café and complimentary use of the Health Club, as well as a complimentary Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Café from April 17 to 19 from 2pm to 4pm. For inquiries, call 638-7777, or email to rho@richmondehotel.com.ph.

    @Robinsons Malls
    Thinking of what to do for Easter Sunday? Spend it with your family at Robinsons Malls as it has prepared a line-up of fun and exciting games and activities for children from ages four to 12 years old on April 20. Dubbed as The Great Easter Eggspedition (Easter egg hunt), this whole day event will include  game booths, a magic show, games and prizes. Easter Sunday activities will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    @Seda BGC Hotel
    This Lenten season, retreat into the blissful environment of Seda BGC Hotel. Special room rates are offered during Easter week from April 14 to 20. On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the hotel presents a Lenten Dinner Buffet with an international food selection at Misto restaurant. Easter Sunday is made special by a four-course set lunch. For inquiries, call 588-5700, or e-mail bgc@sedahotels.com.

    @The Peninsula Manila
    The Peninsula Manila invites children, 12 years old and below, to its Rigodon Ballroom to be transformed into a snowy wonder world with rabbits hiding dozens of eggs. Tickets are inclusive of an Easter egg hunt, a musical show and more. Guests availing of the Sunday brunch at Escolta and Spices will receive two complimentary tickets. For inquiries, call 887-2888, or e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com.

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