It’s a perfect plan to visit at Metro Manila is in the interesting district of Binondo. Why? It’s because this place initiates significant consequences of historic recall during the colonial period in the Philippines. This area is situated crossway the Pasig River from Intramuros and numerous racial Chinese people living at Binondo.
It is likely dubbed as “China Town”, as the heart of the business and buy and sell used for all types of business, progressively, led mostly through the productive skill of ethnic Chinese merchants. This locality was previously a core of Chinese business prior to the earliest Spanish colonist in late 1521.
Center of trade
Binondo as a center of trade and tourism concluded of Chinese people with decades of a strong relationship between Filipino and Chinese in the past the time when an ethnic group from Southern China recognized to have arrived in the Philippines by the land bridges.
All throughout the Spanish era, when Governor Luis Perez Dasmariñas came and pronounced Binondo as a stable settlement for the Sangleys (basically means “often comes” it is a Spanish term for the Chinese originated from the Hookie “siog-tay), transformed to Chinese immigrants, crossway to the Pasig River from Intramuros where the Spaniards are dwelling.
One of the mestizo de sangley inhabitants of Binondo was St. Lorenzo Ruiz; San Lorenzo Ruiz turn out to be the first Filipino saint, entitled to be fully honored as a saint by the Catholic Church, thus, the Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz named after him.
Many banks in here
Binondo was then the core of banking and financial district which consist of numerous commercial banks, indemnity companies, and other economic organizations from the United States and Britain (UK) as well. At some stage of the Spanish colonial era, numerous canals (esteros) were built in the vicinity of Binondo commencing the canals as the passage to the Pasig River.
In the area of Binondo, there is the oldest Binondo Church constructed in 1596. It is situated in Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz and it is known as the domicile of the Santo Cristo de Longos or the Crucified Christ, which is allegedly believed to be miraculous. The oldest Chinese cemetery is located two miles north of China town; where the majority of the deposed Chinese nationals are buried.
Binondo is popular for its Chinese cuisine. Close to the Binondo church is Chinatown wherein various restaurants along the streets are seen. Tourists may perhaps dine and taste with the flavorful, spicy and delicious authentic food at Chinese restaurants in Ongpin Street.
In the same street, there are bazaars and Chinese medicinal stores. In Carvajal Street, several vendors and fresh fruits stands are safe for all and are inexpensive to buy. On the northern bank of the Pasig River is the Malacañang Palace. The palace is the official residence of the president of the Philippines and also serves as the designated office for the president.
The ancient Binondo church, Chinese restaurants, Chinese cemetery and symbolic figure of St. Lorenzo Ruiz in a statue are among the momentous entities from the Spanish colonization. They can be easily recognized by travelers.