March 11, 2009

Friends forever

Welcome to Binondo, Manila's Chinatown. When the Spaniards founded Manila in 1571, they kept the Chinese immigrants outside the walled city of Intramuros. Those who converted to Christianity were given a parcel of land across the Pasig River in 1596 and allowed to govern themselves and it was called Binondo—from binundok, which means mountains or boondocks. Those who did not convert were kept within range of the fortress city's cannons. Before WWII, Binondo was Manila's center of business and finance. Many banks and financial institutions moved to Makati after the war, but even until now, Binondo remains an important center of trade for Chinese merchants. (Please pardon the dirty windshield!)

Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch in Binondo, Manila

19 comments:

Olivier said...

la porte est très belle, avec ces dragons.
the door it's very nice, with these dragons.

Jarart said...

Love the arch, looks like a busy place.

Pam said...

Great shot. What dirt? Very interesting history lesson. Thanks, Hilda.

nobu said...

I've seen china town in manila first time.
I like that big strawberry.

Reena said...

i love chinatown in manila. that's where i buy my materials...and authentic chinese cuisine and medicines..

अविनाश said...

nice one....will visit if get chance

Steffe said...

Thanks for the history lesson.

Lois said...

A wonderful shot and some interesting history! I really like the dragons on top!

Saretta said...

Impressive arch! And an interesting story!

Vogon Poet said...

A dirty windshield can't spoil a good shot and an interesting story!

Ursel said...

Great so see those arches in other cities. Thanks for the history about Manila's Chinatown, very informative.

Jackie said...

It looks like the modern buildings are getting closer and closer to the old Chinese arch. I hope it doesn't become submerged in concrete!

Marc said...

I wouldn't have known you took this one from the car. Chinatowns are everywhere aren't they.

Greensboro Daily said...

How wonderful to learn the origin of the word "boondocks." My home state has many places people refer to as the" boonies," as in out in the boonies. Now we know!

You are great Manila Daily Photo

Mia said...

Binondo came from binundok? Haha! That's funny :) Last time I went there we ate in this dumpling and noodle house and they served the best dumplings and noodles in the world. Too bad I can't remember the name. I can't wait to go food tripping there again.

melanie said...

Ce centre a l'air très vivant. A cette époque ils savent encore construire la beauté.

the donG said...

i already tried walking around china town but never really explored eating. LOL. something i should do soon.

tr3nta said...

I love this door ways in the city

J.C. said...

I love the hectic feel of Binondo. It was such a busy place and everyone was occupied with their business.