Manila’s Chinatown

casaveneracion.com Plaza Calderon de la Barca and the Binondo Church

While the word Chinatown evokes thoughts of authentic Chinese food, quaint shops and jewelry stores, there are structures that are as much a part of the landscape as the people and the commercial establishments. That’s the Plaza Calderon de la Barca and, beyond it, the Binondo Church.

casaveneracion.com Binondo Church

The Binondo Church in Manila’s Chinatown district was built in the 16th century but the bell tower is the only remaining part of the original structure.

If the angle looks weird, that’s because the photo was taken through the car’s windshield. So was the previous photo. And the next.

casaveneracion.com welcome to chinatown

The sign says it all. Welcome to Chinatown!

casaveneracion.com Ongpin Street in Manila's Chinatown

Ongpin, the street right in front of the Sta. Cruz Church which leads to the heart of Chinatown, is synonymous with the Chinatown district itself.

casaveneracion.com President Restaurant along Ongpin Street in Manila's Chinatown district

And this is where we had lunch last Sunday – President Restaurant. You can view what we had for lunch here.