Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Binondo Church


After walking through the streets of Binondo, we were captured by the majestic view of Binondo Church.  Known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, it is one of the oldest church in the Philippines being erected in 1596. However the only living 16th century construction is the octagonal bell tower for the main church has sustained damages from series of natural disasters and earthquakes.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz Minor Basilica
Binondo Church
It was named after St. Lorenzo Ruiz because the saint once served the church as an altar boy.

Binondo Bell Tower
The 16th Century Bell Tower

There was a wedding when we arrived so we settled a the back part of the church for a short prayer.
Interior of Binondo Church

A faciniting statue of the Crucified Christ is also found in the Church of Binondo.  It's illuminations are low that it made it so solemn.
Crucified Christ
Crucified Christ

Aside from Binondo Church, Binondo is known for its unique Filipino-Chinese food.  I have to get back to this though as it was not the agenda of this trip.  But we'll surely be back!

Getting to Binondo:
The fastest way going to Binondo is hailing a cab.  But most taxis in the metro dread going in this part of Manila because of heavy traffic.  But to add some adventure one could go through the different mode of transportation:
1) Ride MRT to Taft Station.  Transfer to LRT station.  Ride LRT bound to Monumento.  Alight train at Carriedo Station. Walk towards Sta. Cruz Church and then ride jeep to Binondo.
2) Ride MRT to Taft Station.  Hail Jeepney bound to Divisoria.  These jeepneys passes by Binondo.  Alight at the Church.
3) From MRT North Station, ride bus going to LRT Monumento.  Ride LRT to Carriedo Station.  At Sta. Cruz Church, hail jeep bound to Divisora and alight at Quintin Paredes St. You are already at Binondo.
4) Ride Pasig River Ferry at Guadalupe.  Alight at Escolta Station which is where the Jones Bridge.  Walk towards Binondo and the Binondo Church

What to Wear:
The rule in travelling is always go for simple and comfortable.  Both for clothes and shoes.  I prefer going in flipflops or sandals.  As much as possible, do away from wearing jewelry.

Money Matters
Bring just enough cash for expenses.  Credit cards are not available in most stalls and bargain outlet.  Money changers are around the area for tourists who needs to exchange their dollars for peso.

2 comments:

  1. I like your pictures!

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  2. Binondo Church is one of the beautiful church in the Philippines. Many couples choice when it comes to wedding church.

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