‘It will rain money in Cebu’

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The year of the black water snake will be a “good year” for Cebu.

It will be so good that “it will literally rain money this year,” a geomancer and a “feng shui economist” said.

“The feng shui of Cebu is perfectly like Hong Kong’s. This is a good year for Cebu,” Master Aldric Dalumpines said ahead of today’s celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The year of the black water snake runs through Jan. 31, 2014.

“It will literally rain money this year,” Dalumpines said.

He said the coming into play of the sin tax and the reproductive health law as well as election-spending will fire up economic engines in the country this year with construction and real estate continuing as magnifiers of growth.

Dalumpines advised  those who want to go into business to venture into anything related with water and to shun fire-related ones like restaurants.

To start the year right and attract more luck, feng shui expert Marites Allen is advising people to wear something “auspicious” and mystic knot blouses during the first day of the year.

Critical days

Allen said the first 15 days of the year are also very critical for one’s fortune for the rest of the year

She said people should be happier especially on these days.

Allen said that with today being the luckiest day of the year coincides with the number 8 prosperity star . One should wake up early and wear new clothes preferably with mystic knot prints or symbols of your Chinese zodiac sign.

“Play loud and happy music. Wish every member of the family a ‘Happy New Year’ and give children and young adults their angpaws (red money envelopes). From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. everyone should gather as a family for breakfast. At the start of the meal, young children and young adults should offer sweet tea to their elders,” Allen wrote.

According to Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. marketing manager Steven Kokseng, in Chinese tradition, all family members should be together especially during the first day of the year.

“It is said that you shouldn’t sweep, mop or vacuum nor do laundry as you might sweep away your luck,” Kokseng said.

Philippine Retailers Association past president and this year’s Cebu Business Month chairman Melanie Chua Ng said the Year of the Water Snake holds a lot of promise and prospects for businesses considering that the snake is known to be resourceful which implies that businesses are expected to survive and grow this year.

“Every year we gather with our family during the eve of the New Year. It’s considered our bonding day and we usually give each other the prosperity bread to wish all of our family members a prosperous year ahead,” Ng said.

She said they give out tikoy and huat kueh to family members and colleagues in the business.

“Huat kueh is considered the prosperity cake while tikoy is best given to families because of its sticky texture and sweet taste for an abundant and sweet year ahead,” Ng said.

Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry past president Eric Ng Mendoza also said they gather during the eve of the New Year and eat as one family in a big round table.

“We serve fish, Peking duck, prawns and prosperity cakes, and sweet round fruits which are considered lucky,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza said the business community in general is expecting a good year ahead this year.

“The snake is a stable and strong animal with a strong survival instinct which implies that businesses this year will flourish and survive and just keep growing. Snakes always possess material wealth and symbolizing grace,” Mendoza said.

International Pharmaceuticals, Inc vice president for sales and marketing Stanley Uang said that they follow certain traditions like giving of angpao and wearing red.

“We usually celebrate it by dining together with the closest of relatives and with those who happens to be here. The most common ritual is dressing up oneself in red or wearing red garments and of course the favorites among the children is the receiving angpaos from the older relatives,” he said.

Uang added that the Chinese consider the snake as a lucky animal hence, this year is generally regarded as a good year for the economy.

“Plus the water element connotes money,” he said.

Some businessmen however, said that pne should not just rely on lucky charms and traditional practices to attract good luck.

“It will always help if one works hard for their business to grow and not totally rely on what the stars say.

“Blindly believing in prosperity in every new year by doing nothing will not make any difference. Hard work coupled with innovation and kindness in our lives are keys to peace and continuous blessing in everything we do,” said Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Philip N. Tan.

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  • KurakotNaPinoy

    It will rain money in Cebu, yes… In the form of vote-buying.

    The Cebuanos are the ones who rallied under Arrovo when she cheated her way to the presidency.

    • ed_nique

      aside from you, how many forsaw the kind of administration she would have?

    • kilawon(the return)

      if she cheated, then ,it was a good cheat! id rather have her than the polpol FPJ!

  • akongednamzug

    Dahil sa Cebu gagawin ang kauna-unahang rally ng UNA, kaya uulan ng pera dito ! ! !

  • kapayapaan_1900

    Instead of a Chinese New Year celebration of the year of the black water snake, I’m suggesting a New Year celebration of the boa that can coil and constrict corrupt politicians swimming into the beachfront property purchased by a famous politician.  These creatures are also nonvenomous but can coil and suffocate corrupt politicians that will cause them to vomit blood money they so hungrily sucked from the public treasury.  It will surely rain money that can surpass even this feng shui Chinese New Year prediction for this year.  Oh my beloved Cebu, what a perfect place for this pseudo political party to start their big bang campaign featuring the stars of the stars with high hopes of a repeat performance in delivering an overwhelming votes accorded to an Ex-President now accused of plunder bidding her time in a government funded hospital.   

  • Rolly257

    Uulan talaga ng pera…….eleksyon eh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    it rained money in ’98, roomful of it from a hotel near the redemptorist church.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NK45FSERDNP42R527PYPDWM6FA Cebuanodiay

    “feng shui economist?”

    Poor Cebuanos, we still believe in manghuhula economics. No wonder politicians find it very easy to buy our votes. Jojo Binay says we fight over small things and can never agree with each other. Very true! He will buy our votes. Gwen and father Pablo Garcia will get all the money for our votes!

  • WAJ

    Yeah, like what everybody thinks in the Philippines. Here in USA money is being raked underneath the house. That’s why it is demanding from some people back home that you must send them money. We live in convenience but you earned your money in hard work. That’s what they don’t understand… 

  • maypakialamtayo

    prepare the evacuation centers, baka bumaha na naman.

  • manuelcdiaz

    You believe in such crap?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      before you say it’s crap, understand it first, you simpleton. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        you think it’s supernatural, that’s why you say it’s crap. if you recall, modern science had its roots in what was formerly known as magic. there is nothing surprising about feng shui..it’s about living in harmony with nature and magnetism, forces recognized by science. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    he he he feng shui expert kaya nag kakamalass malas yung mga tao kasusunod sa mga ito kung gustong umasenso mag sumikap..tapos sa kanila din yung mga lucky charms nang gagaling hay bwuwesit na mga yan 

  • pinoy63

    di lang uulan,,,, babaha pa dahil sa election at mahigpit labanan dun

  • julieboy

    Money will run out of style in Cebu this election…Imagine big names OSMENA vs GARCIA thats big time fight..This is bigger than Paquiao vs Marquez…..Tommy Osmena is not running for congress again,i think its for Mayor for cebu again..And everyone knows the relationship between Tommy and Gwen,so lets see what happens..Good luck mga bisaya!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.naig Noel Naig

    these experts are playing god….as usual mga predictions ra na…bse sa mga recent developments sa atong nasod karon…pero dili tanan matuman sumala sa ilang panagna…sa usa lang ka pamilok…mahimong opposite ang mahitabo….ang Ginoo lang gyod ang hingpit nahibalo sa ugma…sige lang ang mga tawo mosulti nga mitoo sila ug Ginoo…pero motuou sab sila sa mga tinuohan sa atong mga apuhan…sa mga mananagna..sa swerte…ug uban pa…paro manghinaot lang ko nga kwarta ang moulan…dili bala ug mga patay….

  • mynnyx

    huwag kayong maniniwala sa feng sui kasi intsik yan gusto lang nilang mapaniwala ang mga pinoy……….dapat ang gawin ng mga pinoy eh magsumikap……..kasi mga intsik sarili lang nila ang iniisip yumaman………………..parehas ng mga politiko……………..bobolahin lang kayo…….tapos pagnakaupo na………….nanakawin din lahat ang pera ng bayan nyo…………

  • kilabot

    that’s an ilongo line. 
    be original cebu.

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