Divisoria Market | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Open Every Day for 24 hours. Most stores are open between 7am - 7pm.|
|Address:||Recto, Juan Luna, Santo Cristo and Comercio streets , City of Manila, Metro Manila|
|Fee:||Pay as you shop|
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.
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.
Officially completed in 1932, the Santisimo Rosario Parish or the University of Santo Tomas Chapel is among one of the earliest edifices of the university. The Chapel has become the venue for various university religious activities which include the annual Misa de Apertura, a decades-old tradition of officially opening the academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit and the delivery of the academic lecture called the Discurso de Apertura; the annual novena to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary for the La Naval celebration; and the Heritage Christmas Concert. It was hosted the image of Our Lady of La Naval de Manila, which was saved from the bombings that destroyed the Old Santo Domingo Church in Intramuros
Things to do nearby
- 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.
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!
- Learn about the history of the Islam Faith in the Philippines
- Visit the Golden Mosque and learn from their religious leaders about the Islam faith and practices
- Learn about the history of the Quiapo community
- Visit the local places to eat. Learn about Halal food
- Discover & taste local dishes delicacies such as Palapa and local sweets
Where to stay
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.
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.
Strategically located in the heart of Chinatown, the Philippine’s oldest business district, Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel provides you with the luxury and amenities of an international standard business hotel that you can afford with easy access to entertainment, shopping havens and tourist spots.The comfort of our rooms and suites combined with excellent and warm service will make you feel at home with a touch of a little more class. A Calesa ride away from the bargain centers of Divisoria to the novelty shops of Quiapo; from Bahay Tsinoy Heritage Museum in Intramuros to the clubs and promenades of the Bay Area.
Getting there and around
Recto, Juan Luna, Santo Cristo and Comercio streets , City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions