Before dawn a fellow photographer and I are already in front of the arch that leads to the heart of Chinatown. Its was deceptively empty, for within a few hours it will turn into a parking lot of cars and a sea of revelers.
Did you know that Manila's Chinatown is considered to be the oldest in the world? It was founded in 1594 during the colonial period as a settlement to Chinese immigrants who converted to Christianity. The area is right across Intramuros, the "walled city" that was the seat of the Spanish government at that time.
So here's a slice of my first Chinese New Year's day in Binondo:
Charms, and more charms
Lions and Dragons
Check this out for more of the CNY celebration in Binondo.