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    Of Ang Pao and Dragon Dances: Chinese New Year in Manila Chinatown

    As blogged on an earlier post, Tutubi went to Binondo particularly on Ongpin St. in Manila Chinatown on Chinese New Year (also Valentines day). He didn't bring his car to Binondo just to avoid heavy traffic and parking woes typical in Binondo area.

    Some photos of Lunar New Year celebration in Manila Chinatown:

    manila chinatown binondothe welcome arch of Manila Chinatown on Ongpin St
    the hanging of the ang pao, red envelopes, given on Lunar New Year and other festivities on the door of business establishments. this one's Hong Kong Chinese Drug House on Ongpin St.
    dragon dance manila chinatown chinese new yearhere comes the dragon
    after dancing in front and inside the chinese drug store, the dragons will get the ang pao hung on the door, all to the beat of drums and noise of firecrackers

    People wear red, the color of Valentines Day...err...lucky color for the Chinese/Tsinoys

    even nearby Carvajal Street, a narrow alley where you can buy exotic fruits have lots of ang pao hanging overhead

    prosperity cake and lucky charms are there for the taking where even Pinoys patronize to have good luck for the year of the metal tiger

    It took Tutubi only less than two hours on Ongpin to take a few pictures then hurried to New Po Heng Lumpia House on Quintin Paredes St (Rosario) where he again partook of, what else, but the house specialty-- lumpia.

    The day was capped with a visit to nearby Divisoria for a few things then hurried home to celebrate valentines day.


    Ang Pao, in Hokkien Chinese means red package or envelope.

    Tutubi, stricken again with "dysfunctional motor system syndrome" didn't use Nikki, his bulky D80 DLSR and just contented himself with Ixie, his trusty old Canon Ixus 30 point and shoot camera.

    Few surprises of the trip were accidentally catching Old Manila Walks conducting the famous Big Binondo Food Wok at New Po Heng Lumpia House and also a group of bloggers led by Dong Ho including Chyng who's a new blog friend of Tutubi.

    Nice meeting you both though it's a very brief encounter. Wouldn't have known if not for Ivan noticing the presence of Tutubi.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:18 PM,


    At Feb 16, 2010, 12:42:00 AM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    Nice photos here. I wish I can join your "walk" on next occassions. i think okay lang if you use your point-and-shoot camera instead of the SLR. SLR is bulky and can get so inconvenient at times especially in crowded areas. Point-and-shoot camera is smaller that you can just carry it with you inside your pocket. Ako, if I don't use my SLR, I use my mobile phone camera...

    At Feb 16, 2010, 5:45:00 AM, Blogger Chyng said...

    Nice meeting you too! Buti nasabi ni Ivan Man Dy na ikaw si Tutubi, and your name sounds familiar! Ikaw pala yun! Ü

    At Feb 16, 2010, 1:09:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    dodong, invite sent already :P

    chyng, initially thought you were part of Ivan's tour and didn't know Dom was there. I sent him a text that i'm going to Binondo but received no reply from him. Didn't know Ivan was there for his tour finale

    At Feb 16, 2010, 1:15:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    Well... I was not in Binondo on Valentine's Day... too many tourists on that day ;-)
    I was in Binondo on the is just easier to take pictures the day before Chinese New is exactly the same events but with half the amount of tourists and photographers... which is much better :-)

    Another advantage...I could really concentrate on LOVE during Valentine's Day :-)

    Sorry... Salibanda series is delayed for a few days :-0

    At Feb 16, 2010, 1:42:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    sidney, so that's why not too many people and photographers that time. looking forward to see familiar faces in your salibanda series ;P

    At Feb 16, 2010, 4:00:00 PM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    wow. red is the color of that day. glad you met my good travel buddy dongho as well as ivan man dy whom i met last year. hope to meet you one of these days. :)

    At Feb 16, 2010, 4:41:00 PM, Blogger lagal[og] said...

    Tito B, andun ka rin pala. Was there for only 2 hours just to stalk the dragon dancers and eat at Shin Din Kha. Anyway, Kung Hei Fat Choi!

    At Feb 16, 2010, 4:42:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    lawstude, met ivan many moons ago and just one of the few persons who can really recognize a face in the crowd. i'll be sending invites to an event on july 24 and 25 in paete, laguna. hope you guys will be there :P

    At Feb 16, 2010, 4:55:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    laga[og], about two hours din lang gaya mo but opted to go to Po Heng Lumpia where i stumbled into Ivan's Big Binondo Wok tour and the group of Dom...Dom and I wouldn't have met if not for Ivan who mentioned that i was time tayo naman meet :P

    At Feb 16, 2010, 10:30:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    oo nga. ang kulit ng pagkikita natin. masyadong mabilis. sige magkikita rin tayo. salamat sa invitation sa next na event sa paete. check ko yung schedule ko.

    At Feb 16, 2010, 11:07:00 PM, OpenID docgelo said...

    hello. i was with dong ho, chyng and other fellow bloggers in po heng last sunday! actually,'twas chyng
    who introduced me to your site and i swear i'll frequent here as i've already linked you in my blogroll. =)

    At Feb 17, 2010, 10:11:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    the dong, hehe next time...yung event sa paete ice carving contest sa hapon...pwede siguro trek tayo sa umaga (kung wala ulan kasi July nga yun....pero usually naman wala saka El Nino pa)

    At Feb 17, 2010, 10:24:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    docgelo, you're welcome here. sorry, you left Po Heng in a jiffy. How's Seng Guang Xi temple? passed by a few times there but have no pictures of the chinese temple. will link you up too


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