Tuesday, January 27, 2009
As i have mentioned in my previous post, i joined the BIG Binondo Food WOK with Ivan Man Dy, our meeting place was at the San Lorenzo Ruiz shrine or more commonly known as the Binondo Church. I took this shot while waiting for Ivan (our meeting time was at 2pm) but i went earlier since i was really planning to take some pictures before the tour.
From the Binondo church's lobby we then walk (as seen in the photo yesterday) to Plaza de Binondo just across Binondo Church as our first stop. From there Ivan gave us a brief history of the Philippines and of course about Binondo. Then we came back to the church where Ivan gave us tidbits of information about the church in a hushed tone since well we're inside the church so loud voices aren't allowed :) well anyways he informed us that the church is actually modern, about 60 years except for the facade and the bell tower which is 400 years old, well you already know that Manila was razed and burned to the ground during the world war II, so that explains why what you see in the photo now is already modern. To view the facade of Binondo church click here.