Revisiting the World’s Oldest Chinatown

Binondo Manila

I know I’ve been here several times when I was younger, either through school field trips or mommy-initiated weekend trips, but seeing Binondo, Manila through my more grown-up lens felt like discovering the place for the first time.  We wandered the streets of Binondo, went on a food trip, and simply had a great time.  I wish I had taken more photos, but I’m sharing here some of the ones that I took.

Binondo ChurchI’m not sure if I’ve visited the Binondo Church before, but I sure loved its interiors.  This church’s patron saint is St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint who was from Binondo, and who trained here before serving as a missionary in Japan where he was executed.

Binondo Church ManilaA stolen photo of me by my friend Gian.  It was my first time to offer up candles outside the church.  I offered pink and blue candles — pink to signify thanksgiving and a blue candle for each petition.  This photo has just reminded me to have my hair treated ASAP!!!

Escolta ManilaThe Regina Building, one of the many magnificent structures along the grandeur that was once Calle Escolta.  Escolta used to be the metro’s main business district back when Makati was still a marshland.  This building used to serve as office to several large corporations.

Escolta ManilaThe Calvo Building, which served as office to a top radio station in its earlier years, now houses the Escolta Museum which contains memorabilia from when Escolta used to be the Wall Street-slash-Broadway of Manila.

Edificio Calvo Escolta ManilaToo bad the museum was closed when we went there.  Again, I wish I had taken more photos of Escolta!

Escolta Binondo ManilaJust because it has pinks, reds, and maroons.  And the name’s kinda funny.

Manila Street FoodThis was also a food trip for us.  We first had lunch at Wai Ying, then treated ourselves to this 5-peso dessert — cuchinta topped with yema and grated coconut

Binondo Manila Fried SiopaoQuick afternoon snack.

Mandarin Grocery Binondo ManilaWent grocery shopping at Mandarin Supermarket in Ongpin and found this — milk tea and me in a happy cup! 😀  Haha.

Estero BinondoCapped off the night with oyster cake, camaron, frog legs, and a round of beer.  This eatery is located near an estero, i.e., a drainage canal.  Food was good!

Eng Bee Tin BinondoOf course, we wouldn’t leave Binondo without shopping for pasalubong at Eng Bee Tin.  My mom specifiacally asked for hopiang baboy (pork hopia).

Manila KalesaA happy-busy afternoon in Manila Chinatown.

Manila BinondoThank God for the great weather, and for the chance to rediscover old Binondo.  Saturday well-spent!

Any places you’ve revisited and rediscovered recently?  Any new fascinating facts you’ve recently learned from an old and familiar place?  Feel free to share below, and enjoy the rest of the weekend! :)

4 Comments on Revisiting the World’s Oldest Chinatown

  1. Quing
    September 7, 2014 at 1:53 am (4 years ago)

    Nice! Nice! Let’s do something like this, please! 😀

    • Carmel David
      September 7, 2014 at 7:10 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, please, let’s plan! Soon, please!!! 😀

  2. Gian Ramos
    September 7, 2014 at 3:42 am (4 years ago)

    Happy to rediscover Bindondo with you guys! :) More Manila adventures to come! :)

    • Carmel David
      September 7, 2014 at 7:07 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Gi!!! Had so much fun! :)


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