Luane Dy follows some Chinese traditions, but never forgets to pray
Unang Hirit host Luane Dy follows some—but not all—traditions to celebrate the Chinese New Year. That’s not a bad thing. After all, it’s almost impossible to follow everything anyway since Chinese traditions are very detailed or complicated.
She follows the basics: wears red or something new; keeps Chinese coins (and a small fish) inside her wallet for prosperity; and serves a whole chicken during the eve of the Chinese New Year.
“When it comes to fruits on the table, we usually also have a banana. Some people don’t include it because it’s not round. But we believe it attracts wealth,” said Dy, whose dad is pure Chinese (and her mom half-Filipina, half-Spanish).
Growing up, Dy went to Chinese school, but when her parents separated she transferred to a non-Chinese educa- tional facility so her exposure to Mandarin or Fookien lessened.
“But I do know the numbers. And it’s very useful, especially if you need to haggle your way in Divisoria,” said the host, who also anchors “Balitanghali’s Starbites.”
Since it’s a Lunar New Year this year, Dy said fireworks must keep going until around 1:15 a.m. because that’s when the actual year starts.
Born in the Year of the Ox, Dy said she doesn’t like to wear bracelets, but she does to welcome the Chinese New Year, just to keep up with the tradition of wearing something new.
“We also believe in lion dance, because it’s the noise and smoke that drives away bad luck. Also, we try to do everything we want before the New Year arrives—like having a new look, or getting a new haircut or a pedicure. We clean the house and wash the car beforehand. We make sure everything broken in the house is repaired before the New Year arrives,” she said.
At home, Dy has a real money tree on a table in her room to attract wealth. She also puts coins and rice near the house’s main door.
As to whether Dy thinks following these practices actually help, she said: “It’ all in the mind, but I still pray.”
Luane Dy is one of the hosts of Unang Hirit and Balitanghali's Starbites anchor.