One of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese is the Mooncake Festival, alternately called Mid-Autumn Festival or Lantern Festival. Celebrated this year on September 15, the custom dates back over 3,500 years and was held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar.
Back then, the festival was held to celebrate good harvest as well as to worship the Moon, thus the tradition of giving out mooncakes filled with lotus paste and salted egg yolk to friends and neighbors. Children also attended colourful lantern parades. These days, lanterns for this celebration are no longer made from paper but are more high tech with electronic versions for a more awe-filled experience.
With a large mixed Filipino and Chinese populace, the Mooncake Festival has been ingrained into Philippine culture, and celebrated mostly in the metro’s hotels.
Chewy crust mooncakes at RWM. Resorts World Manila’s signature restaurants (Passion, Café Maxims, Victoria Harbour, NYPD, Franks, Bar 360, Bar 180, Prosperity Court, Ginzadon, Impressions, Genting Club, The Terrace and R Bar) highlights the property’s specially-baked and elegantly packaged mooncakes with a trademark chewy crust. Fillings are varied in white, red lotus, almond, and water chestnut flavors.
Hong Kong mooncakes at Marco Polo. Marco Polo Manila in Ortigas features three exquisite mooncakes in Red Bean and Lotus Seed paste varieties, specially flown in from Hong Kong.
Lucky Bundles at Crowne. Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria through its Chinese specialty restaurant, Xin Tian Di joins the Filipino-Chinese community in observing the Mid-Autumn Festival with its lucky bundle of mooncakes. Variations include two-egg yolk, custard snow skin, sesame seed snow skin, and green tea snow skin flavors.
Legendary white lotus at Edsa Shang. Different flavors of the legendary white lotus mooncake – a divine handmade delicacy featuring the luxurious lotus paste filling with salted egg, wrapped with a thin golden brown crust, and imprinted with Chinese characters for harmony and longevity – is Edsa Shangri-La Manila’s featured variety for the year.