One of my favorite places in Manila is Binondo. Its Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, popularly known as the Binondo Church also shares a fare number of crowd during Simbang Gabi. It isn’t surprising since the Church is located beside the busy street of Quentin Paredes Road near the main Plaza of Binondo. It was a chilly morning and the lights of the plaza were well lit that night and we can’t help notice the huge crowd right at the church portal.
The sight of a number of security and police personnel that morning gave a reassurance of safety. They told us about those bad elements lurking the streets stalking unlikely victims who were going to the early mass. Taking photos of the Binondo Church was also tricky with endless vehicles passing by in front leaving light trails along. Simbang Gabi Mass usually ends by 5:30am after which church goers would go by the nearest eateries for their breakfast.
With this I would like to greet everyone a Merry Merry Christmas! Wishing you a great time with your loved ones and family. Many many gifts and blessings this season. Ironwulf will be gone during the holidays and will be back by early next year but I already schedules a number of post for the next couple of weeks so keep coming back for more updates during the holidays.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.