Another year, another opportunity to participate in something larger than life. I have been attending this tradition for years now but it has not failed to surprise me. Chinese New Year in Binondo is the most-anticipated event for foodies in Manila. Thousands and thousands of tourists, foreigners, and locals gather together to celebrate and spend the day food-crawling around Chinatown.
This year, I was able to join a group of photographers that held a photowalk event in Binondo. From 9am to 6pm, we walked endlessly in the crowded streets filled with food stalls and people trying to elbow their way.
Our meet-up point is at Binondo Church which is also known as the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church. Since I was late, I joined the team at Ongpin Street.
The first destination is Estero Binondo. It is located right at the bottom of Ongpin Bridge. Restaurants sprawl in the narrow pathway that thrives beside a canal.
After our sumptuous meal, our group walked aimlessly to get candid shots, which, for me, are the hardest pictures to take. Capturing genuine emotions require a lot of patience. Timing is essential to snap fleeting moments.
What I love about Chinese New Year—besides the aroma of food being cooked—are the colors. The whole town is painted in red, yellow and orange, which register well in photographs.
Before sunset, we have made our way on foot to Delpan Bridge, which is already in Tondo, a nearby district. The sun looked so much bigger in that area. The sky is so much richer, and the horizon is much wider. It was a surreal moment that made me forget about how much I ranted about walking countless of miles just to get there.
We spent the day going in circles, taking photograph after photograph until our feet were sore. But the experience was beyond fulfilling. I saw a few familiar faces, ate freaking good meals and captured moments I can treasure my whole life. What more can I ask for, right?
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