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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Manila
"Manila’s city tour starts with a visit to Rizal Park named in honor of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. After a brief picture stop proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of Spain’s conquistadores. Stop at Fort Santiago an old Spanish fortress located at the mouth of Pasig River where great moments in Philippine history occurred. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church the country’s oldest stone church
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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Manila
"Manila’s city tour starts with a visit to Rizal Park named in honor of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. After a brief picture stop proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of Spain’s conquistadores. Stop at Fort Santiago an old Spanish fortress located at the mouth of Pasig River where great moments in Philippine history occurred. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church the country’s oldest stone church
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Private Half-Day Manila Tour by Jeepney
"Travel through the financial district of Makati passing down Ayala Avenue where gleaming skyscrapers stand cheek by jowl with less than distinguished-looking structures. As we approach the bustling metropolis of Manila drive past the cultural Center of the Philippines and on to Roxas Boulevard. Stop at Rizal Park named after the country’s nationalist hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Then proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros which was the nucleus of the old Spanish town. Venture into Fort Santiago in its strategic location overlooking the Pasig River and Manila Bay and stroll along its ramparts where once stood th Rajah Sulayman. Continue on to San Agustin Church the only church built within Intramuros that has survived the collective onslaught of numerous calamities including fire and war. Beside the church is a museum that houses a collection of manuscripts
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Chinatown Tips (18)

BROWSE THE LUCKY CHARMS AT FENG SHUI STORE

Just near the Goodwill Gate you will come across this Feng Shui Store which is a popular place for the local Chinese to buy their Feng Shui items and Yin Yang Charms. The store is packed to the ceiling with all types of items.

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Mar 30, 2014

CARRIEDO FOUNTAIN--DEDICATED TO THE WATER MAN

The fountain is located in front of Santa Cruz Church in Santa Cruz Plaza, just a few meters from Carriedo LRT station. The fountain was dedicated to Don Francisco Carriedo who was responsible for the piped water system being installed in Manila. He was born in Santander, Spain in 1690, later became a general in the Spanish Navy but resided in Manila, and when he died in 1743 he left 10,000 pesos to establish the water system inside the walled city of Intramuros. It was a huge amount of money back in those days and the city decided to invest the money in the Galleon Trade and the investment grew to 250,000 pesos. Unfortunately the British seized Manila in 1792 and stole most of the funds, but luckily the Spanish managed to save around 9,000 pesos of the fund, but by the 18th century nearly all was lost to bad loans. However the principle remained more or less intact, and by 1882 Carriedo had his wish come true with piped water not only benefiting Intramuros but other parts of the city as well.

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davidjo
Mar 30, 2014

ARCH OF GOODWILL

The Arch of Goodwill is one of the several arches that marks the boundary of Chinatown and commemorates the friendship between the Filipino and immigrant Chinese. The arch leads to Ongpin Street which has many restaurant and jewelery shops.

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Mar 30, 2014

ARKO NG PAGKAKAIBIGANG PILIPINO-TSINO

The Filipino Chinese Friendship Arch welcomes you to the different world of Chinatown, the oldest in the world, established in 1594. The Spanish authorities donated the land to Chinese Catholics just across the river from Intramuros so they would not disturb or harm the Spanish.
The Arch is located just after you cross Jones Bridge over the Pasig River .

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Mar 30, 2014
 
 
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Food Hopping in Binondo Chinatown

Ok, Here is my Separate Things to do tip for the Binondo Chinatown and eating along the Chinatown Area is one big adventure and also one filling for your tummy hehhehe. You can find almost all the Cuisines of china here in chinatown like the Shanghai Cuisine, Beijing Cuisine, Cantonese Cuisine, Fujian Cuisine and more plus an amalgalm of Chinese and filipino offerings. Prices range from the very cheap from the holes in the wall up to the fit for the emperor type at the fine dining restaurants and example of the food are: steaming hot congee, dimsum and assorted dumplings may be found at either the more upscale restaurants or at the quaint sidewalk teahouses similar to those found in Chinese market places. Chinese cuisine cooked the Fukienese, Macanese, and Cantonese styles may also be found in restaurant menus. Pastries and sweet meats like the hopia (a flaky pastry with purple yam or mung bean stuffing,) machang (rolled up sticky rice with meat filling wrapped in banana leaf) may be bought at the bakeries and food stalls scattered around the Binondo Area so what are you waiting?

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machomikemd
Mar 21, 2012

A Treasure Trove of Chinese History in the Phil.

I will do a separate tip for the Food Tripping in Manila Chinatown.

Like in other places in the globe, Manila has it's own Chinatown but unlike in other Chinatowns in Other Countries, The Chinatown in the Philippines is not that big since the chinese are well assimilated in Philippine Society. The Manila Chinatown is a treasure trove of Chinese History in the Philippines. The Chinatown was called the "Isla De Binondo" in the Spanish Times and they say that during the trading galleon centuries, the mercantile town of Binondo served as the center of trading post between Asia and the New World.

Certain streets became known for the types of establishments found there. The 393-meter long Calle Escolta, made of imported stones from Hong Kong, was the place where one could find newly arrived European and American products. Calle Rosario and Calle San Fernando, on the other hand, served as the marketplace for Chinese products. Chinese artisans resided along Calle Anloague, while stores and panciteries were centralized in Calle Nueva. Calle Santo Cristo housed apothecaries, opium headquarters and gambling houses. The famous Teatro de Binondo was located at Calle San Jacinto. Calle Jaboneros was named as such because it was then the center of the soap-making industry, and Calle Fundidor was the perfect place to find statues and statuettes, and metalworks.

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Mar 21, 2012

Chaotic Manila Chinatown - eat some siopao!

I have been to many Chinatowns around the world, but I consider the one in Manila the best because it is very nostalgic for me. The streets are very small and my father would drive me around with his Lambretta motor scooter and then we would look for siopao (which is meat in a white floury cover) and also HOPIA ( which is a sweet mung delicacy)....yummy!

It strecthes from Santa Cruz Church in the east and all the way to Binondo Church in the west. And areas of it had been burned down and then rebuilt - but it is terribly congested and a bit overcrowded with buildings --- a sore to the eye sometimes, but i think it is what makes it special and "authentic". Very colourful place to visit...Especially on Chinese New year with the dragon parades --- awesome sight for tourists!

Chinatown in Manila is also famous for all the sales, specially the gold jewelry (at Escolta and Ongpin) that can be bought by weight. but when you're there, just wear simple clothes to avoid standing out. But if you have blond or red hair, I can't help you with that, hehehe...

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jumpingnorman
Jun 05, 2009

Visit the Temple of the God of War, Kuang Kong

Kuang Kong, AKA the God of War, AKA Patron of Martial Arts, AKA Patron of Scholars (when seated/reading). Kuang Kung who was a powerful and loyal general is also protector of Quan Yin, Goddess of Mercy. As C. Celdran puts it, in the spirit of assimilation, the Chinese believers calls Kuang Kong, Santiago. Go figure.

This Buddhist temple is open to the public. You can light incense sticks and put them in the urn at the entrance of the temple and utter your prayers. There is also these red wooden half moons you can use to have your fortunes told. Couch your questions in such a way that they're answerable by YES or NO! Swirl a pair of these wooden half disks over your incense sticks so they catch the smoke and then throw them to the floor. Identical faces means NO. Opposing figures means YES!

BTW, my friend S. L. tells me that, to quote him, "Guang Kong falls under Taoism though in Chinese religion, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are often portrayed together in the same temple." Thanks for the info S. L.

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Sta. Cruz Church

The first Santa Cruz Church (often abbreviated to Sta. Cruz Church) was erected in 1608 by the Society of Jesus, better known as Jesuits, as a parish church for the swelling ranks of Chinese immigrants to Manila, many of whom had converted to the Catholic faith. The original structure was twice damaged by earthquakes, and totally destroyed in World War II. The present building, completed in 1957, is essentially Baroque and somewhat reminiscent of the Spanish-built mission churches.

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limledi
Nov 08, 2007

Come Visit Chinatown

There are lots of things to do at Chinatown: Buy appliances that cost lesser, find suppliers for your restaurant or whatever business, buy jewelry, customize jewelry, buy Chinese medicine, buy authentic Chinese food, etcetera, etcetera. It's within Manila, but it seems like you're in another country (just like any other China town, I guess).

BTW, the First Filipino saint, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, was born in Binondo, Manila (the location of China Town)

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Mar 21, 2007

Chinatown

Chinatown is not a clearly defined suburb but a cultural and business district that takes in parts of Santa Cruz and Binondo, roughly the area between the three Chinese-Philippine friendship arches called the Welcome Marker. From Ermita you cross the Pasig River over the Jones Bridge, between the Immigration Office and the GPO, to the First Welcome Gate. The southern part of Chinatown begins here. From Quintin Paredes St, which runs through the gate, several little streets seem to wind crazily towards the big east-west curve of Ongpin St, the eastern end of which is marked at Plaza Santa Cruz by the Third Welcome Gate (Arch of Goodwill). Ongpin St is the main business street of Chinatown, with well-stocked Chinese grocers, herb-scented drug stalls and spacious restaurants. However, you can also find exotic shops and little teahouses in the sidestreets leading off Ongpin St, eg in the narrow confines of Carvajal St. Unlike the Chinatowns in other Asian cities, this one is very busy on Sunday.

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Oct 29, 2006

Chinatown

Even Manila has a Chinatown. The Chinese presence in Manila is strong. During the Spanish times, the Chinese were kept out of the walled city and they settled across the Pasig River in what's known as Binondo.

Like most Chinatowns, Manila's Chinatown has all the proverbial sights sounds and smell. Yet it is unique because of the presence of horse drawn carriages called calesas and it is flanked by baroque-style churches, Binondo church and Santa Cruz church.

Most of the Chinese in Binondo are Catholics but they maintain some of their Chinese traditions

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Sep 13, 2003

Things to Do Near Chinatown

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Pasig River

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Malate

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Luneta - Rizal Park

Japanese Gardens in Luneta Park. Entrance Fee is only PhP 10 or $ 0.23 (2014). Small but nice view. The place is peaceful. Good ambiance. Lots of amazing views. Good for picture-taking. Children can...
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Villa Escudero

Villa Escudero is a working coconut plantation founded in 1872, it has developed a worldwide reputation as a focal point to experience Philippine culture and history in a beautiful rural setting.A...
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Intramuros

This building stands out like a sore thumb in the Spanish historic walled city of Intramuros and the developer should be shot. It is called BF Condominium and is situated next to the ruins of the...
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Museo Pambata

An enjoyable place for the young ones, as well as the young once, Museo Pambata at the north end of Roxas Blvd. is an enjoyable place that excites and stirs my kids' inquisitive minds. Combiming...
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G/F DOt Building, TM Kalaw Street, Rizal Park, Manila

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