Binondo Church | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Binondo Church, or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, is one of the many baroque Spanish churches that peppered the country during the 16th century. It was named after the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, who was himself a sacristan in the church during his younger days. Since its establishment in 1596, Binondo Church was struck by an earthquake in 1863, and was bombed twice by Englishmen in 1762 and by Americans during the World War II. It was renovated several times, most recently in 2004, when the church was restored through the assistance of the Doña Salustiana Dee Foundation. While its architecture is Spanish, the octagonal shape of its tower was influenced by the Chinese during one of the church's renovations. Holy Mass here alternates between Tagalog and English. 
Open: Open Every Day
Address: Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, Quintin Paredes Street (previously Rosario Street) cor. Ongpin Street, Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Manila Chinatown
0.33 km away

The oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo, or the Manila Chinatown was founded in 1594 by the Spanish Governor Luis Pérez Dasmariñas as a permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholicism. Though Binondo was founded by a Spanish, the relationship of Filipinos and Chinese go way back before the colonization. There were barter systems, the Chinese were the primary merchants, they brought European goods to the country, and most important of all, they forged a strong friendship with the Filipinos. Because Tondo was the center of all economic activities for Manila, and most parts of Luzon, the Pasig River became a vital transportation system for the goods to reach different places in Manila so the Chinese community settled in the banks of Pasig River. When Binondo was established, the Chinese community thrived there. They became constructing churches, banks, and bringing their culture with them.

Escolta Museum
0.53 km away

Escolta Museum is a time machine to the old and elegant Manila. The museum has three small sections. The center section, or the entranceway, displays old photographs of Manila. The left wing displays vintage collections of sophisticated colored bottles from 1910 to 1960, and vintage print advertisements featuring ads on films, carnivals, appliances, and Filipiniana music. Meanwhile, the right wing displays old newspapers, journals, and reviews from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. These materials are printed in either Old Tagalog, Spanish, or English.

Plaza Mexico
0.63 km away

A statue that bore the close tie of the Philippines with Mexico. Plaza Mexico, situated just on the outskirts of the walls, facing the Pasig river. The plaza used to be the site of Baluarte de Santo Domingo but was soon replaced by the commemorative sculptures between the Philippines and Mexico. The square was built in 1964 to commemorate the 4th centenary of the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi and Andres de Urdaneta from New Spain (Mexico) and the historic Manila-Acapulco galleon trade relations between the two nations that lasted 250 years.The Plaza bears historical markers and was rumored to be a former site of a Magallanes Monument before it was destroyed in the 1945 war.

Things to do nearby

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
Guided food tour
0.13 km away

Put aside 4 hours for a non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll walk around the streets of Binondo as we take in the rich Tsinoy history, chomp down authentic Chinese foods and gorge on specialty treats as we nibble our way through the heart of Chinatown. Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!

Chinatown Museum
0.37 km away

  • See 18 different galleries that celebrate the vibrant history of the oldest Chinatown in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in different points of history through interactive parts of the museum.
  • Relive the bustling town of Binondo as the center of commerce in the Philippines.
  • Be in awe of the massive collection of displays that tells the whole story of Binondo.

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
0.92 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

Where to stay

Ramada by Wyndham Manila Central

As the only international hotel in the world’s oldest Chinatown, Ramada Manila brings you a step closer to the gastronomical adventures and cultural wonders that Binondo has to offer. Located only 11-km away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you have an easy access to Manila’s historic spots – Intramuros, the Fort Santiago, and the Rizal Park are all within a 4-km distance. Just next door is one of Manila’s oldest and most beautiful church – Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, or more commonly known as Binondo Church.
For the shopaholic in you, a ten-minute walk from the hotel will bring you to Divisoria, the most popular bargain haven in the city, and a 30-minute complimentary shuttle ride will bring you to SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia.

Hotel Lucky Chinatown
Hotels and homes
0.39 km away

Binondo’s modern contemporary hotel with a unique ‘Chinatown vibe’
Hotel Lucky Chinatown is the perfect place to spend a leisurely time in the comfort of our 93 guest rooms and suites. 
Unwind with spa treatments, jacuzzi, steam baths, and saunas after an all-embracing Chinese experience in the world’s oldest Chinatown in Manila. 

Hotels and homes
0.40 km away

Experience a heartfelt welcome the moment you come in, the Chinese-Filipino way. Discover our gracious service, incomparable attention to detail, taste and style that complement every need. Be fascinated in the unique culture of Chinese-Filipino hospitality that will surely make your stay memorable

Dela Chambre Hotel is located in a place that is soon to be a tourist spot destination; we are surrounded by big establishments like the lights of Lucky Chinatown Mall, City Place Condominium, Mcdonalds, Tiong Se School, 999 (Puregold) Mall, 168 Mall and Binondo Church.

Getting there and around

Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, Quintin Paredes Street (previously Rosario Street) cor. Ongpin Street, Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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