Manila Chinatown

Binondo or originally named “Binundok” was Manila’s hometown of the Tsinoys or the Filipinos of Chinese Descent. Binondo was the world’s oldest Chinatown, having been founded in 1594. Months before our plan of having a trip to Manila, my husband wanted to include Binondo to our list of destinations. It was not just because he wanted to see how the place looks like but it was also because he wanted to reminisce the memories he had with his pure blood Chinese grandfather who passed away last year.

Upon getting into the interior streets of Binondo, we saw the evident bustling Chinese merchant community and the essence of a true hardworking business district in this part of the city. We walked ourselves into the heart of Manila’s Chinatown, the Ongpin Street. Dragon statues, bright red paper lanterns were seen and my little daughter enjoyed the sight, not to mention, the Chinese music playing through the place. What a very interesting thing to explore especially for my husband who was a whole lot curious about his origin.

We have seen the Binondo Church, which was a mixture of Spanish baroque and traditional Chinese architecture. A range of Chinese knick-knacks are everywhere, I even bought myself a FENG SHUI magazine which was believed to guide people in having positive energy in life. We also tried their yam-filled Hopia ube cakes which were unforgettably delicious! That certain part of our trip was remarkable for me, afterall, I was able to immerse myself with my hubby’s heritage and learned that to be successful in life, one must pursue his dreams through hardwork and simplicity as the Chinese did.

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