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Showing posts with label Binondo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Binondo. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chinese New Year At Binondo 2015 (Part 2 of 2)

Here are the other pictures I took of the recent Chinese New Year Festival celebration at Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila. I hope to see you again next year for the Chinese New Year Celebration 2016.

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The Chinese New Year Festival in Binondo is also a perfect way to bond with friends.

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I believe that the Chinatown in Binondo is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world.

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It’s all about drums and music.

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Bring out the big drums for the festival.

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Binondo Police marching band?

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Kids and their improvised lion dance costume.

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The head of the lion.

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It seems like Sun Life Financial is a major sponsor.

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It’s quite a long dragon. I guess the longer (dragon), the better.

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Kids performing the lion dance with their improvised props.

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The Binondo Church dedicated to Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint.

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A young boy selling yema, a kind of pastry.

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You would see hundreds of chimes on the streets of Binondo.

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The streets of Binondo are decorated with red Chinese lanterns. Red is a lucky color for Chinese.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chinese New Year At Binondo 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

Our photography group was at Binondo last Chinese New Year, along with several other photography groups like Avid Photographers and Canon Clickers Club. Binondo is a Mecca for street photographers because of the vast amount of subjects. It’s bustling with people from all walks of life. The center of activities is the plaza in front of the Binondo Church and the famous Ongpin Street. Children were dress up in traditional Chinese costumes, vendors selling all sorts of lucky charms, CastaƱas and 12 kinds of fruits available on the street, and Chinese lanterns everywhere.

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February 19 was also declared by MalacaƱang as a Special Holiday so Binondo was literally full of people. It’s also a good time to try Chinese foods and Binondo has a lot of restaurants that offer Chinese cuisines. It became both as a photowalk and a food trip in one location. Chinese New Year celebration in Binondo is marked by numerous lion dances, dragon dance and a visit to Eng Bee Tin for the famous Tikoy.

In the morning, Unang Hirit staffs were there to cover the event including Pop Talk host Tonipet Gaba and TV5 anchors as well. In the afternoon, there was a parade of the Manila City government officials including Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. As pointed out by my photography friend, it could have been better if they really dress up the floats, similar to Baguio’s Panagbenga. In that way, more people would flock Binondo during the Chinese New Year Festival.

Here are some of the photos I took of this event.

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