CNY 2024: Discovery Samal celebrates first Chinese New Year

Discovery Samal General Manager, Stanley Lau

Discovery Samal's Chinese New Year Celebration Ushers in Luck and Festivity. Discovery Samal recently concluded its Chinese New Year celebration, marking the commencement of the Year of the Wood Dragon. The event, held on February 10, 2024, unfolded as a harmonious blend of traditional performances and modern festivities.

The General Manager, Stanley Lau, aimed to recreate the vibrant spirit of the Lunar New Year to Discovery Samal. With the collaboration of the Engineering and Housekeeping departments, the lobby area was adorned with red and gold lanterns and a traditional house called Siheyuan placed at the center. 

The Lunar New Year festivities commenced with a vibrant and energetic performance by the renowned Davao Lion Dancers Association. The dancers, dressed in colorful costumes and wielding ornate dragon and lion puppets, made their way into the main lobby to the beat of traditional music. GM Stanley Lau and Ms. Maridol Gonzalez, then performed the Eye-Dotting ceremony for protection, good luck, health and prosperity to the resort. The ceremony was followed by the tossing of coins, an age-old tradition believed to invite good luck and fortune, ringing in the Year of the Wood Dragon with positivity and hope.

Dotting of the Lion's Eyes with Stanley Lau & Maridol Gonzales

One of the highlights of the celebration was the performance by the renowned Davao Lion Dancers Association. The dance is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. After their splendid performance, the dancers rounded the resort, bringing in the tunes and spirit of luck and prosperity.

The Davao Chong Hua High School’s Chinese Cultural Dancers graced the stage with performances, taking the guests on a journey into the heart of Chinese culture. 

Guests also rang in the Lunar New Year with a fortune-telling session with a prominent fortune teller from Davao City, Dario Lingcopenes. 

Know your fortune

Mr. Stanley Lau, General Manager at Discovery Samal, expressed his delight at the celebration's success, saying, "Discovery Samal’s first Chinese New Year celebration highlighted that it is a time for joy, reflection and the embrace of cultural diversity. We are thrilled to have witnessed such talented performers who brought the spirit of the festival to life. It was a momentous occasion, especially for me, to recreate the festivities in China here so that it felt like home. We are grateful to our guests who joined us in ushering in the Lunar New Year with enthusiasm and positivity."

At the poolside restaurant, Morning Catch, the traditional Yusheng Ceremony was held with General Manager Stanley Lau, Owner’s Representative Celina Lim, Director of Finance Precilla Toriano and Director of Sales - Davao Katherine Dizon.

Yu sheng ceremony

The buffet menu at Morning Catch was a culinary journey that captured the essence of the occasion, featuring an array of auspicious dishes that symbolized prosperity, abundance and good fortune. From the succulent meat dishes to the fragrant rice and noodles, every dish was carefully crafted to please both the eyes and the taste buds. 


Discovery Samal team

Cong. Sandro Gonzales & family

The Ola sisters with Maridol Gonzales