Thursday, March 4, 2010

te ya kong temple binondo

it was not all about eating, we too were there to witness the usual Chinese traditions of visiting and praying in the temples. with a big community of Chinese in Manila, one won't be surprised to see temples around Binondo.but not all these temples, which are mostly on top of buildings, are open to visitors. it was good that through Ivan Man Dy, we learned that Te Ya Kong Temple just along Ongpin street is open to guests.knowing how devoted most Filipinos are to Christian traditions, it seemed that there's not much difference with the Tsinoys or the Chinoys - Filipino Chinese. the way of worshiping and the rituals may differ but not much on how they would flock a temple on a special religious day.it was my first time to be in Binondo on a Chinese new year and it was so noticeable that most of the Chinese wore red shirt on that day. it symbolizes good luck to them. funny that Filipinos without Chinese roots would sometimes follow some of their traditions.the Chinese traders who for long occupied certain parts of area in the country has influenced the Filipinos in many ways. in fact Filipino-Chinese is one of the largest ethnic Filipino groups in the country.during the Chinese new year, they offer flowers, prayers and even burning these sheets of papers. this is believed that through burning, they can offer prayers and wishes to their dead ancestors.while i was taking a photo of the hanging plastic chips with Chinese characters, a Chinese lady approached me and explained that those are actually money offerings. on each chip, they wrote the amount and the names of the donors for them to receive prayers the whole year round.it was a great experience to actually trace some of the Chinese traditions that greatly influenced the Filipinos but it was also great seeing some of the unique traditions that they still do.

20 comments:

Lalaine said...

nice experience! just dropping by 'coz i miss this blog :D

-ellesig- said...

nakiki-red lang mga pinoy :) must be crowded that day.

sheng said...

Nice post, it's a learning experience i would want to get my mind on, maybe next time?

docgelo said...

thanks for touring us to those temples, dom... the next time we'll be in binondo, we shall wear red! =)

syel said...

same experience i had. was there any "mass/celebration" held when you went there?

Photo Cache said...

I love going to different temples and learn how they worship. This one's a very colorful experience. Kakainggit.

Skippyheart said...

I've never been to one...If ever, I sure will blend-in to that place since I often do wear red...though for a different symbolism. Good to know it's for luck too! :)

Happy Friday to you, dong! TC

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

There's so much to learn from Chinese traditions. But I wish we could learn more from their business acumen - they're among the richest in the Philippines.

Pietro said...

The Te Ya Kong Temple is really fascinating. The inside atmosphere is so attractive. Very beautiful images, Dong!

Meikah said...

I am amazed by Chinese culture, and would one want to witness one of their rituals or traditions. :)

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a great experience. I've always wanted to go inside a Chinese temple.

It's nice that you were allowed to take photos inside. Thanks for sharing.

Sidney said...

Those are gorgeous pictures Dong !

nuts said...

all in one post. informative. galing mo talaga. sana lahat nanalo para naka-join din senyo. thanks for sharing!!

Palito said...

Wonderful photos!!!

...my bosses are chinese. Best boss for me.

I love visiting your site. =)

nanaybelen said...

Thanks Dong. Naalaala ko na. I've been there before. isinama kami nang friend namin na Chinese. Nag pray kami for job.

witsandnuts said...

I didn't know about this temple. Another reason for me to revisit Binondo. Visiting that temple must be a memorable experience.

SandyCarlson said...

You teach me so much. This was a great experience. Thanks.

upto6only said...

i went to Binondo last Sat though i was not able to see this temple, an ofcmate of mine brought us to a smaller buddhist temple. just forgot where it is located :p

7a'faR said...

Nice temple..





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