We celebrated Raphael's third birthday in Binondo because his birth date, February 10, coincided with the Chinese New Year of the Water Snake this year 2013.
It was a different kind of gimmick because we now have Ramada Hotel, an international standard hotel in the heart of Binondo, where you can stay overnight, enjoy the yummy treats of Binondo, and take advantage of the shopping deals at Divisoria in a more leisurely manner.
The Hotel was also the best place to experience the Chinese New Year countdown, watch the fireworks and feel the authentic vibe of the new year around the oldest Chinatown in the world.
Here's a photo essay of our Discover Binondo Birthday Gimmik with the Family:
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RAMADA MANILA CENTRAL
There's only one suite per floor and it's located in the corner of the floor with view of the Binondo Church and the Plaza.
(Tip: Make sure to reserve the rooms at the 12th floor which has the highest room view of Binondo)
1ST CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN @ RAMADA HOTEL
We celebrated the Chinese New Year Countdown at LUNA, named after the Filipino general, Antonio Luna, located at the roof deck -- the topmost floor of Ramada Hotel.
Room accommodations come with the Ramada Hotel's signature breakfast experience called Ramada Mornings at the News Cafe.
We go to Binondo for really good Chinese Food and Ramada Hotel should be able to provide that even in their All-Day dining menu. Their Western menu line-up needs a lot of improvement in their all-day dining menu.
We can feel the dilemma of the Hotel if they will provide a really good Chinese food and compete with the surrounding Chinese restaurants or offer a really good Western menu option.
BINONDO CHURCH, MINOR BASILICA OF ST. LORENZO RUIZ
(Ramada Hotel is at the back, right side, and literally across the Church along Ongpin St.)
(TIP: The Church acoustic is very bad because they put a speaker right in the middle of the dome which creates a very annoying echo and you can't understand what the priest is saying. Make sure to get a seat in the front pews.)
CHINESE NEW YEAR AROUND BINONDO
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(TIP: You can get treats or special volume discounts with their partner establishments.)
We don't miss to visit Dong Bei for the best dumplings in town.
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A famous heritage spot is the open street corner shrine that combines both Catholic and Chinese faiths where you can offer prayers and wishes by lighting incense instead of candles.
I do hope the Chinese community can regulate the people who participate in the parade.
Where you can taste authentic Chinese cuisine for a reasonable price like in Kim Liong Tin Cuisine which enjoys the longest queue in the food court.
SERI ASIA SPA
Check out the other Spa Services: Seri Asia Services
Make sure that you allot more shopping time for your wife and girl friends at Divisoria, 168 Shopping Mall or in Lucky Chinatown Mall.
Best of all, you can organize a food trip with your family to enjoy Binondo over the weekend.
RAMADA MANILA CENTRAL
Ongpin corner Quintin Paredes Streets, Binondo, Manila, Philippines 1006
Telephone: (+632) 588-6688
Direct Line: (+632) 354-4151
RAMADA MANILA CENTRAL ROOM RATES:
- SUPERIOR ROOM (21-25 sqm): P5,500 +13.5% government tax +5% service charge
- DELUXE (25-27 sqm): P6,500 +13.5% government tax +5% service charge
- EXECUTIVE (27-33 sqm): P7,800 +13.5% government tax +5% service charge
- RAMADA SUITE (48 sqm): P9,000 +13.5% government tax +5% service charge
Rooms can accommodate a maximum of two (2) persons. Extra bed fee of P700++ per person>
Children 12 years old below and sharing room with designated companions are free of charge.
- Ramada Mornings breakfast for two (2) at News Cafe
- High-speed Internet Connection
- Daily replenishment of two (2) bottles of water
- Local Newspaper
- Access to fitness facilities
- Scheduled shuttle service
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Full Disclosure: Our Binondo overnight stay was courtesy of Hospitality International who manages the Ramada Manila Central Hotel.
I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't receive compensation from food and travel places we feature in the blog.
P.S. Chinese families usually celebrate Chinese New Year in the same way we celebrate New Year. We usually have a Chinese New Year's Eve dinner with my wife's family. Happy New Year!