by: Kathleen Maranan
Dating back from the earliest suggested date when the Chinese’s touched their feet in the precious land of the Philippines, around 982 AD. It is for the reason that the purpose of these Chinese’s are for merchandise and trading with Europe, Spain and other Malay countries. As a result of this, Chinese’s influenced the Filipinos with their culture in many different aspects. As the Chinese’s grew their relationship with the Filipinos, they started to live in many different places here in the Philippines and established their businesses. However, many historians believe that merchandising and trading was not only the reason why these Chinese people are here in the Philippines. Some massive group immigrated to the Philippines in 1911 from China because they escaped from the possible effects that Communism might brought them. In China, many Chinese citizens experienced starvation, extreme poverty, and grief resulting in the loss of many innocent lives when their government practices Communism. But we don’t judge the Chinese’s by this. We Filipinos treat them equally. Filipinos love Chinese and Chinese love Filipinos. This was merely the start of the good relationship of the Filipinos and Chinese up from the past and until now (present).
We don’t want to get ill this time when survival is a must.
Aside from Chinese restaurants, one of the popular businesses found in Manila Chinatown are Chinese Drugstores. They offer many different kinds of medicines that’ll cure different kinds of ailments.
What we need to consider is the label of the medicine and what’s the use of it. Remember, we don’t understand Chinese characters! J
Chinese Jewelry Stores and Buddhism Stuffs
If you love jewelries, as well as gold jewelries, better check at different jewelries stores in Manila Chinatown. Just be careful when you wear it! ☺
Chinese traditions are the treasure for these Chinese people. It is reflected through the different stores offering religious products. Chinese’s have a very much respect to their religion just like the Filipinos.
In terms of entertainment, there are also stores that offer different Chinese movies and magazines, books that are really entertaining. What is amazing to this is that these stores offer not only from China, but as well as from our own country and also from South Korea, and from Hollywood. ☺
What really matters is appreciation. Chinese’s loves the Philippines and as a gratitude for this, we should love and respect them. As for me, having 2 % Chinese blood that runs through me, I have this thing in myself that Chinese culture is one of the greatest treasures that we Filipinos are should be proud of. Why? It is because Filipinos are the only country in Asia that is known for hospitality. We treat even the different races as one of our own. For Filipinos, equality matters the most. ☺