1. Sta. Cruz Parish church
It's a huge church across the Escolta street. In front of it is a fountain, which turns to be a resting haven for people who's gone in celebrating the festivity.
The fountain2. Ongpin
What to expect? a large crowd coming back and forth. I'm already geared up. Dragon dances with fire crackers shakening the pavement. Sellers pitching about the lucky charms along the way, which I bought one. Big arks telling about their beliefs. Tikoy (gummy cake) with different colors lined up on a table. Circled fruits, oranges from Sagada which awed me. really? it's a long travel. Searching for the Taoist temples along with apartments, business establishments and restaurants. Mash feet with people because of parades and photographers gorging their cameras to capture beautiful moments.
Family fortune? might be.
Tradition: make 3 bows then blow a wish
Side car driver with his 25th Chihuahua
Me with a 3 year old Fil-Chi girl
I still feel like I'm a tourist in my own country. Visiting Chinatown send me into a portal of rich and vital culture. Chinese people already brought their preserved culture and traditions in this hamlet.
It was a superb experience. I'm proud to be Pinay after knowing how we embrace other's culture and at the same time maintaining ours.
Yang chow rice
Sweet and sour fish fillet
Chicken with mushroom sauce
Go on and a pay visit to our motherland's beautiful places. It will deepen your love for your country.
Photos by Dave and Michael