Chinese Buddhist temples of the Philippines (28)

Editors Note: This is the 28th of a series about the 36 Chinese Buddhist temples of the Philippines. Much of the information is from a thesis of Venerable Chuanmiao (Hsuan Chuang University, 2008), a Buddhist monk affiliated with the Thousand Buddha Temple in Quezon City. 28. Palawan Fayu Temple 巴拉灣法雨寺Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City, PalawanTutuban …

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周 Zhou in PH

The ninth most populous surname in China is 周 (Zhou in Mandarin, Chiu in Hokkien). Yet, there is no 周 family association in the Philippines simply because there are not enough of the clan members living here. Nevertheless, there are Chius in the Philippines. Among the prominent Chiu family in Cebu is Francisco L. Benedicto …

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Maps of Parian

Whenever Chinatown in Manila is mentioned, what comes to the mind of people nowadays would be Ongpin Street in Binondo, which became the symbol of Chinatown in Manila since 1923. Formerly Sacristia Street, Ongpin Street was named in honor of Roman Ongpin. Before that, was there a Chinatown in Manila? Where was it, if ever? …

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Jiufen: A hidden gem

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 27, no. 7 (August 5-18, 2014): 16. On a recent visit to Taipei, we wanted to do an out-of-town day trip. The choice was a toss up between the famous (for honeymooners, at least it used to be famous for that) Sun Moon Lake and the little-known Jiufen …

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Chinese Buddhist temples of the Philippines (26)

Editors Note: This is the 26th of a series about the 36 Chinese Buddhist temples of the Philippines. Much of the information is from a thesis of Venerable Chuanmiao (Hsuan Chuang University, 2008), a Buddhist monk affiliated with the Thousand Buddha Temple in Quezon City. 26. Miao De Chan Temple 妙德禪寺Metro Gate Tagaytay Estates SubdivisionKaybagal, …

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Ocean Kingdom

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 6 (August 18-September 7, 2015): 16. With a surfeit of natural wonders, breathtaking landscapes and historic and cultural treasures, China tourism is also riding on the popularity of theme parks. Filled to capacity with domestic tourists, the theme parks are beginning to look at expanding their …

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