THE Year of the Dragon begins on February 10. Generally considered as a powerful and lucky creature in Chinese folklore, the dragon symbolizes toughness, bravery, innovation and creativity.
Unlike the Gregorian calendar that we are used to, the Chinese lunar calendar has variable dates that is dependent on the phases of the moon at a given year.
According to my Taiwanese friend who is deep into the Chinese horoscope and is so passionate about feng shui, the new Year of the Wooden Dragon is filled with glaring opportunities for personal growth and professional success. “It’s the Yang Wood on Dragon, or jia chen in Chinese, and the fixed element of this dragon is Earth which represents stability, persistence and loyalty. That is why the wooden dragon will be the most creative and, to an extent, the most stubborn of all the dragon elements,” my friend, who wishes not to be named, told me.
Growing up with some Filipino-Chinese friends, I always got the impression that those born in the Year of the Dragon are very independent, ambitious, fearless and also very charismatic.
We did a little research on local entertainment celebrities born in the dragon year and discovered that Vice Ganda and Derek Ramsay will both turn 48 this year. These premium personalities are strong-willed and straight-forward during conversation, specifically when giving out answers during interviews. To some extent, they also do not mince words, always calling a spade a spade.
Vice Ganda’s love life is very stable, he remains one of the top TV earners, and he also told us recently that he has committed to do a movie this year. Ramsay’s bent on enjoying life outside being an actor, and trusts that the universe will bless him and his wife Ellen Adarna (who incidentally is also a dragon, 12 years younger than Ramsay) with their own child, after an unfortunate miscarriage last year.
Those turning 36 this dragon year are pop princess Sarah Geronimo, Paolo Avelino and Pauleen Luna.
Geronimo’s family and friends are all hoping that she and husband Matteo Guidicelli will be blessed with a dragon baby. Mrs. Guidicelli was quoted as saying that she is ready to put her powerful career on a freeze mode once she gets pregnant so she can focus on her baby and building a family.
Avelino’s career continues to be on an upswing and he has to be reminded that a trait of those born in the dragon is loyalty, if he wants his relationships to flourish.
Luna just gave birth to her second daughter with actor-host Vic Sotto a few weeks ago, and although baby Thia Marceline was born this new year, she still belongs to the Rabbit sign. Same is the case of Alex Gonzaga, who was born in January of 1988 but is under the Rabbit sign. Gonzaga is praying that she and her husband Mikee Morada will be blessed with their first child soon.
Among the veterans who will be celebrating their 60th birthday this Year of the Wooden Dragon are Ai Ai de las Alas, Jessica Soho, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Gabby Concepcion and Korina Sanchez.
Let’s see what the lunar new year holds for these celebrities born in the Year of the Dragon, and also to the personalities that are partly Chinese like Xian Lim, Ken Chan, Enchong Dee, David Licauco, Richard Yap, Dennis Trillo (Ho), Michelle Dee, Ricky Lee and Kim Chiu.
Happy Lunar New Year! Cheers to good health, prosperity, success and abundance.