Abundance: Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila ushers in the Lunar New Year with a bountiful feast
prepared by Spiral’s culinary artisan, Chinese Chef Michael Tai. Embark in a gastronomic
journey inspiring fortune and abundance featuring three variations of Chinese cuisine:
Cantonese, Hakka and Sze Chuan. As the Year of the Rooster promises prosperity,
happiness and opportunities, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents a featured culinary
offer available from January 25 to 29, 2017 for the whole family to enjoy.

“The Year of the Rooster is all about the Chinese concept of Bian Nian Hao He meaning
the perfect time for reunions to celebrate love for all season, encouraging harmony and
lifelong happiness. I have prepared a big feast for families to share as they welcome
prosperity, happiness and good fortune into their lives,” shares Chef Michael Tai.
The featured menu showcase recipes from the Canton and Sichuan province and select
dishes from Taiwan. Cantonese food is known for its freshness and for highlighting the
natural taste of its ingredients. Sze Chuan dishes are known for its bold and spicy flavors
headlined by the use of garlic, chili peppers and the famous Sze Chuan pepper. Hakka
cuisine is the definition of gastronomic simplicity yet inspires the finest flavors. Together
in a epicurean ensemble, Chef Michael Tai presents an auspicious beginning to the Year
of the Rooster. The menu showcases the luxurious abalone braised in superior sauce;
steamed fish Hong Kong style; braised dry mussel with sea moss; golden prawn in salted
egg yolk; sautéed scallop with sweet walnut in X.O. sauce; and Marmite crab.
For the Hakka selection, enjoy featured dishes including: Hakka style pork knuckles;
braised pork belly with preserved vegetable; Hakka deep-fried pork organ; Hakka style
salt and baked chicken; treasure fried rice in lotus leaf; and the basin dish called Poon

The Sze Chuan cuisine features Chang qing la ji chicken, cumin lamb, home-made
noodle (Zha jiang mian), beef (rou jia mo) Chinese hamburger, braised sea cucumber in
Sze Chuan sauce and Kung pao squid with cashew nuts.

Celebrate the beginning of a fortuitous Year of the Rooster with the La Abondance collection featuring renowned international designer, Albert Andrada. With his latest collection set to hit the runway on the 25th of January 2017 at 7.30pm be part of this sensory celebration with the creative visionary renowned for being the hand behind iconic pieces such as the gown of reigning Ms. Universe, Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.

Get a chance to win gifts from Tefal, Guerlain, Aveda, Nuxe and Jewelmer.

La Abondance Collection by Albert Andrada

On the 25th of January 2017, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents an elegant and nostalgic fashion show by international and multi-awarded fashion designer Albert Andrada. Witness glamour come to life at Spiral with a showcase of haute couture gowns of luxury and elegance.

Albert Andrada, a Fashion Design graduate of Slim’s Fashion School, grew up in different cities around the world including Karachi, Beirut, Bangkok and the U.S. territory of Guam. An established brand for bridal, evening gowns and corporate uniforms for multinational companies, Albert was among the Issetan Board of Fashion Designers. He is a member of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines. In 1987, he served as Chief Creative Director in one of the prestigious fashion houses in the Middle East and later on opened his own fashion house in Dubai in the year 1997. In 2002, he participated in the prestigious Swarovski’s Bridal Designers’ Competition Awards (Professional Category). His entry, the Chinese Empress Bride bested 20 creations by fashion designers of different participating countries. He won the Designer of the Year Award, the most coveted recognition for the said competition. Albert worked as the Royal Designer for the ruling family of Fujeirah, a kingdom of the United Arab Emirates and resided inside the palace grounds for 10 years. In 2012, Albert re-established his roots in the Philippines and opened his fashion atelier in Manila. He participated in the Philippine Fashion Week the following year and has been a household name to the finest creations of the country. Most recently, his designs were given the international spotlight as was at the creative helm of the national costume and evening gown of the reigning Ms Universe 2015, Ms Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

For his fourth sartorial presentation at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Albert highlights the celebration of abundance in life with pieces inspired by the said Chinese philosophy. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an interpretation of design and innovation with Albert Andrada’s dazzling masterpieces prominent for its supreme opulence, detail and craftsmanship.
Models are styled to glamorous perfection with make-up by Guerlain and hair by Aveda, while the featured ensembles are enhanced with golden pearls by Jewelmer.

For more information on Abundance: Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, please call +63 2 832 6988 or email H6308-FB12@sofitel.com