What's in store this year of the Fire Rooster?

Feng Shui expert Marites Allen said it’s going to be an intense Year of the Fire Rooster

Year of Duterte, Year of the Philippines?

President Rodrigo Duterte will have a generally good year, especially since he was born in the year of the rooster, feng shui expert Marites Allen said.

However, the President being born in the year of the rooster (1945), must stay cool lest his defiant, argumentative side would bring him to more trouble.

Allen advised Duterte to be extra careful in the month of March, considered as the month of the rabbit, who is an enemy of the rooster. Those born under the rooster sign should also be careful between 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., which are hours ruled by the rabbit sign, while 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. are the best hours for them. Month of the rooster, on the other hand is every September.

Allen said that it will be in the best interest of the Philippines if the President manages to keep the year in his favor. "Normally the luck of the country depends on the luck of the sitting president," said Allen. "If it's going through a very good period, then naturally the luck of country also follows through.

“Secret Friends”, Allies

Allen also noted that Vice President Leni Robredo, who was born in the year of the dragon (1964), is supposed to have a harmonious relationship with those under the rooster sign as rooster and dragon are "secret friends." With this, those born in a dragon year "should take advantage" of 2017, according to Allen.

However, in the case of President Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo, there's an added complication because of the feng shui elements associated with them.

"In terms of affinity, they're supposed to be a match made in heaven," Allen explained. "But in terms of my analysis... she's actually a water person. Water and fire are opposing elements. What puts off the fire is water."

Meanwhile, speaking about the friendship between President Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Allen said that Duterte’s friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin makes sense because of their respective Chinese zodiacs. "Our president, Duterte, a rooster, is in alliance with Vladimir Putin's dragon sign. Rooster and dragon are secret friends."

What’s in store for the year of the Fire RoosterIntense Year. Feng Shui expert Marites Allen shares her political and economic forecasts for 2017 in a Pandesal Forum held at the Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City.


Allen reminded the public about history – a stock market crash took place in 1987, while the Asian Financial Crisis took place in 1997 and the Great Recession in 2007 – saying that people have to be watchful in business as odds that the global economy could be heading for a repeat this 2017 is not impossible to happen.

However, Allen noted that the rooster is also associated with the metal element, adding that although 2017 will bring a lot of opportunities for the country, there will also be obstacles.

"Too many opportunities, but there are also obstacles. 2017 is like a magnet. Rooster, on its own, is a metal element energy. Metal can be turned into guns, into knives. Hurting somebody, you know, assassination attempts. It's there," she said.
She also warned of corporate labor conflicts that could possibly happen. "It's like a magnet. So, people in large companies can group together and there's going to be like labor issues, labor problems, so these are the things we have to watch for."  
Allen added that industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and food will flourish this year.

World leaders should be cautious

Allen also said that the year of the Fire Rooster comes every 60 years. The previous cycle was in 1957, when the world saw a lot of technological advancement and a bad year for world leaders.

United States President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a stroke, while United Kingdom Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigned due to health reasons. Allen added that Indonesian President Sukarno was also attacked, and then Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay died in a plane crash.