Binondo Church

Binondo Church, Manila

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The altar's replica of St. Peter's dome impresses visitors to this historic church.
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ybo7000
Zamboanga City, Philippines155 contributions
binondo church is located in binondo, manila, fronting plaza san lorenzo ruiz. this church is founded by dominican priests to serve chinese converts to christianity. the church is newly renovated, its roof beatifully painted, the church is big and spacious, its clean and solemn, people living and working nearby usually drop by to pray early in the morning before they go to work.
Written 16 February 2020
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines6,054 contributions
Solo
Binondo -- being the very first Chinatown in the world -- is expected to be a bustling commercial center of Manila, with thousands of Chinese establishments (including restaurants, shops, malls, hotels, banks, etc.). But what one may not be expecting to find there is this church that offers a quiet place for prayer, meditation and spiritual recharging. Well, its foundation originally served to cater to the spiritual needs of the early Chinese who embraced the Christian faith and who decided to stay or live for good in the area. Today, stepping into this church transports you to a totally different world, very distinct from its worldly or mundane surroundings. It's worth visiting not only for its rich history, but also for its beautiful architecture and richly decorated interior. Today it's even more convenient to visit the place now that the surrounding areas have been cleaned and cleared of street vendors as part of the current city mayor's clearing operations. Thumbs up!
Written 26 December 2019
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Cris
Quezon City, Philippines2 contributions
It’s a beautiful structure with a long history of construction, destruction, and reconstruction. I felt like I was inside a drum rather than a place of worship. Please improve the acoustic as it was hard to understand the whole Liturgy of the Word. The echoes were so bad.
Written 3 November 2019
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gea4957
Crestview, FL250 contributions
This church is near our hotel so stopped in to tour the facility. A very nice old church in use today. Located in the older section of town with a lot of homeless surrounding th area. We try to give them food rather than money and most seemed very apprecitive. Definitely worth the time if in this area of town.
Written 30 October 2019
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GrannyBaguio
Baguio155 contributions
Family
It was Mama Mary Birthday Anniversary and at the same time our wedding anniversary. We opted to hear mass at Binondo Church due its proximity to our Hotel.

Pros

Available Parking be sure to park legitimate parking spaces to avoid apprehension even on sundays where there are no authorities on site.

With huge fan to ventilate the huge area

With usher to guide for available set and ensure that recipient of the Holy Eucharist are properly dress ( shawl are given to cover the legs for those shorts and arms for those wearing sleeveless and strap dress/blouse. Ensure silence inside the church

With TV for mass goers view the reading and songs and able to participate in the mass.

Cons

The choirs sound system is too loud. Choir singing cannot be heard. In my opinion the genre used by choir not conservative or religious to warrant meditation or time of prayer which most the big Catholic Churches are observing.

Overall church sound system needs revisitation.. With echo. Is current sound system does not have the actual audio reproduction. We had heard time listening to the Priest's homily

Written 12 September 2019
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maria soria
Cebu City, Philippines50 contributions
Solo
We don't usually associate Catholicism with Chinese culture. But in the Philippines, and in the oldest Chinatown in the world, it's truly alive, authentic, and fervent! Want a quirky, though reverent, review? Read on.

Tourists can appreciate that it's...pink! Maybe the Chinese wanted a hue of Red even inside a Church, so it's a rare pink-painted one other than of the Pink Sisters. It's huge and airy, with jumbo electric fans to booth. The confessionals are airconed(!), and oh so noise- insulated... I wonder if anyone has ever fallen asleep inside... Huy!

Everyday Mass schedules are so aplenty, it's my default destination in Manila when my work sked and venue are a challenge for some Alone Time with God...Amen.
Written 4 June 2019
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines6,054 contributions
Friends
This is one of the oldest Christian churches in the country. Its origin dates back to the late 16th century. While almost nothing is left of its original structure (except for some walls and the pagoda-inspired belfry), this church is still worth-visiting on account of the role it played in the early christianization of the Philippines. Located in the world's very first Chinatown, this church was built originally to cater to the spiritual needs of Chinese converts. As such, it reconnects you to the past. Today it is still a very active spiritual center frequented by people of all walks of life, races and nationalities. As you can imagine, there's so much life going on around it ... countless (mostly Chinese) stores and eateries, heavy noisy traffic around the square in front of it, occasional Chinese dragon dance on the street, etc. It gives you a chance to fully immerse yourself in Manila's busy everyday life.
Written 2 June 2019
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Eayle8
Dubai, United Arab Emirates111 contributions
Family
This was part of our Visita Iglesia, and i was very happy to be able to visit the place. It was very crowded, and lots of beggars inside the church. I was very sad and disappointed to see that outside the place is very dirty, full of garbage and the smell is horrible. The fountain just outside the church used to have lots of people waiting to take photos and now you will run away from the smell and garbage inside the water. If you will visit the place, be very alert as i feel it is not safe anymore, which of course will distract from the solemnity of the place.
Written 16 May 2019
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VA5
Quezon City, Philippines950 contributions
Friends
This centuries old chuch located in China Town Manila produced the very first Filipino Catholic Saint Lorenzo Ruiz. The church is administered by Spanish Dominicans.
Written 13 May 2019
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manilabelle
Manila, Philippines355 contributions
Family
this was where the first Filipino Lorenzo Ruiz was Canonnized as saint by pope John Paul II. Since the church is situated in the heart of Chinatown, this is worth the visit, as who would imagine a Catholic Church standing around Chinese population with Buddhism as their main religion. .As characterized, the altar is modeled after St Peter's Basilica of Vatican City.

parking - side streets
Written 8 May 2019
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