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Monday, April 1, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013 at Binondo

Along with the Pateros Town Fiesta 2013 post, here’s another late post – the Chinese New Year 2013 at Binondo! My photography friends and I were at Binondo last February 9, 2013 and I was able to capture the following pictures.

The streets in Binondo were crowded with people and vendors alike selling all sorts of things. It seems that everything is a lucky charm! As you probably know by now, 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake and there were a lot of items that featured this animal of the Chinese Zodiac.

There were also a lot of fruits being sold along the streets. The iconic shop Eng Bee Tin is filled with people buying the Chinese delicacy called Tikoy. There were a lot of Lion Dancers performing in stores within China Town. This was my first time to be in Binondo during the Chinese New Year celebration and it was chaotic but fun.

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Lucky Dalandans

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“Gong Xi Fa Cai” – is this Mandarin Chinese or Fukien Chinese? I’m used to the “Kung Hei Fat Choi”.

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More Snake figurines

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Oranges and Ponkans!

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Quail chicks

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Is this Dragon Fruit?

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What fruit is this?

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Fresh sugarcane.

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2013 is the Year of the Water Snake.

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Members of the Philippine National Police making sure that the celebration will be peaceful.

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Lucky Pineapples and Lucky Dalandan.

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What fruit (or root crop) is this?

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Melon. Best serve as a palamig (thirst-quencher or drink).

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These rabbits are so lovable!

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The Binondo Church (also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz).

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Red is the color of the day and that district of Binondo.

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Tourists enjoying their lunch at the Carriedo Fountain. I think I saw Tinapa (smoked fish).

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We passed by Sta. Cruz Church on our way home and I was surprised that it’s under renovation – again! Why can’t the parish priest maintain the old design of churches?

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