Last summer, my friends and I explored Binondo – an old district in Manila and known as the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594 by the Spaniards for the Catholic Chinese, and Escolta – the historic street in Binondo which was created in 1594 too, making it as one of the oldest streets in the Philippines and was once the center of commerce.
I wanted to take pictures of this old district in hopes of capturing the remnants of its former glory, however I was a bit disappointed that they failed to preserve or even restore most of the old buildings in Escolta but some were newly painted though. Well, I heard some groups now are doing something to revive famous street. But Chinatown is still interesting as it continue to be one of trading places in the country where all types of businesses run by Filipino-Chinese thrive.
I have to say though, touring this area is not for the faint-hearted. Hahaha! But I have seen a number of foreign tourists too, many of them backpackers walking and exploring the area themselves.