Luane Dy fol­lows some Chi­nese tra­di­tions, but never for­gets to pray

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - YEAR OF THE FIRE MONKEY - By Ken­neth M. del Rosario

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.

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