12 Dec 2010

Ongpin: Where Is It And How to Get There?

  • 12 Dec 2010
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  • Ongpin Street is the main thoroughfare that runs across Manila China Town, also known as Binondo in the old Manila Area. In fact, when a person say Ongpin, they are merely referring to the China Town.



    Ongpin Street is approximately .77 kilometer of bending road from Ronquillo Street in Sta. Cruz to Quintin Paredes Street in Binondo. Here's a trivia: Do you know that Ongpin Street connects two Catholic Churches - Sta Cruz Church in one end and Binondo Church in the other? Now back to the topic. Ongpin Street is a home to different herbal stores as well as Chinese medicines, groceries and Chinese restaurants, most prominent of them is the President Restaurant located near corner of Salazar Street. There are also jewelry stores especially near Ronquillo Street. So much have been written about Ongpin on different webpages. And now the question is "How do we get to Ongpin Street?"

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    Okay friends, here's the directions to Ongpin Street from different parts of Metro Manila. If your location is not listed here and you want to know how to get to Ongpin, you can always ask me, just click here.



    Directions to Ongpin Street

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    Directions to Ongpin Street


    BY CAR >>> BY TRAIN >>> BY JEEPNEY >>>
    Note: Ongpin is a one way street from Quintin Paredes up to Ronquillo Street. Directions given here are based on that fact, so all routes here lead to the opposite end of Ongpin in Quintin Paredes Street which is located in Binondo.


    Route #1

    From South of Metro Manila - Alabang, Metropolis Starmall, Sucat, Paranaque, Taguig and Muntinlupa and other nearby areas as well as Southern Tagalog provinces like Batangas, Laguna and Quezon. Take the Skyway and President Osmena Highway also known as South Luzon Expressway, stay to the middle, drive all the way up to Quirino Avenue where this expressway ends. Upon approach to Quirino Highway, change lane to the left and turn left on Quirino Avenue. Turn right onto Taft Avenue. Taft Avenue is the road where LRT-1 runs. In the distance, LRT-1 Quirino Avenue Station is visible. Stay on Taft and drive all the way, passing Pedro Gil Station and U.N. Avenue Station of LRT-1. After U.N. Station, you will cross T.M. Kalaw, then Luneta Park is to your left. Next intersection is Ayala Boulevard. After crossing Ayala Boulevard, you must change your lane to the left of Taft. LRT elevated track bends to the right so you will split from LRT-1 elevated track in the area where Manila City Hall is located to your right. Road name changes to Padre Burgos when you reach Manila City Hall. Another intersection with traffic lights next to Manila City Hall appears.

    As you near this intersection, you must change your lane to the leftmost of Padre Burgos. After crossing this intersection, which is by the way called Natividad-Almeda Lopes to the right and Victoria Street to the left, stay to the left of Padre Burgos and head toward Jones Bridge, the bridge west of the huge Post Office Building in Lawton. After Jones bridge, the name of street you're driving along is now Quintin Paredes. Stay to the middle of Quintin Paredes and cross intersections of San Vicente, Dasmarinas, Gandara and Carvajal.

    Once you passed Carvajal Street, stay to the right of the road. Next street is your destination - Ongpin Street, paralleled to the huge Binondo Church. There's only one thing to remember to make it easy. As soon as you see the big Binondo Church, turn right onto the road before that church. That's Ongpin Street. Head immediately to the pay parking area located to the right of Ongpin next to "Eng Bee Tim" bakeshop.

    It's advisable to park your car in this parking area because it's very hard to locate a vacant along Ongpin as it's always fully occupied - both sides of the road. From Parking, you can just walk to your destination or ride calesa or pedicab plying along Ongpin. You can drive all the way along Ongpin but you will take the risk of not able to have your car parked properly.

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    Route #2

    Alternative route from South of Metro Manila. From Cavite, Tagaytay, Imus, Bacoor and nearby areas, take Emilio Aguinaldo Highway toward Coastal Road. From Alabang, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, SM South Mall, take Alabang-Zapote Road west bound lane and head toward Coastal Road. Take the Coastal Road also known as Manila-Cavite Expressway and head toward Manila via Roxas Blvd. You can either go straight along Roxas Blvd after exiting Coastal Road or you can make a detour to President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard before turning onto Roxas Blvd from CCP Complex ground. Stay to the middle of Roxas Blvd, passing through EDSA-Roxas Boulevard flyover and Gil Puyat flyover and intersections of CCP Complex, Quirino Avenue, Pedro Gil, U.N. Avenue and T.M. Kalaw. As soon as you reach Luneta or Rizal Park, change your lane to the right of Roxas Blvd, then turn right onto the street that borders Luneta to the north which is Padre Burgos Street.

    Stay on Padre Burgos all the way, crossing intersections of Palacio Street, General Luna Street, Finance Road and the street next to Manila City Hall, which is called Natividad-Almeda Lopes to the right and Victoria Street to the left. Upon approaching that intersection, you must make sure that you're driving to the leftmost lane of Padre Burgos. Cross that intersection and head toward Jones Bridge, the bridge west of the huge Post Office Building in Lawton. After Jones bridge, the name of street you're driving along is now Quintin Paredes. Stay to the middle of Quintin Paredes and cross intersections of San Vicente, Dasmarinas, Gandara and Carvajal.

    Once you passed Carvajal Street, stay to the right of the road. Next street is your destination - Ongpin Street, paralleled to the huge Binondo Church. There's only one thing to remember to make it easy. As soon as you see the big Binondo Church, turn right onto the road before that church. That's Ongpin Street. Head immediately to the pay parking area located to the right of Ongpin next to "Eng Bee Tim" bakeshop.

    It's advisable to park your car in this parking area because it's very hard to find vacant parking space along Ongpin as it's always fully occupied - both sides of the road.

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    Route #3

    From Bulacan, Pampanga, Novaliches via Quirino Ave and NLEX. Take A. Bonifacio Avenue. Turn right on Blumentritt, then turn right onto Aurora Blvd. Aurora Blvd merges with Rizal Avenue, take Rizal Avenue. Rizal Avenue is where LRT-1 is located. Make a U-Turn after first stop light of Rizal Avenue, then take Jose Abad Santos.

    Stay to the middle of Jose Abad Santos Avenue, and drive carefully until you reach C.M. Recto. Abad Santos Avenue ends up in C.M. Recto. Cross C.M. Recto to take the opposite road of Reina Regente.

    Stay on Regeina Regente then turn right on Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz to go with the flow of one way traffic. Turn left on Juan Luna Street. Stay on Juan Luna Street all the way to Cervantes Street, crossing Dasmarinas Street. Turn left on Cervantes Street where all passenger jeepneys going Baclaran, Taft and Pasay turn left on their way to their desination. Once in Cervantes Street, make sure you're driving to the left side of this one way short road. At this point you will see the Arch of Filipino-Chinese Friendship standing in Quintin Paredes Street. Turn left on Quintin Paredes Street. Stay to the middle of Quintin Paredes and cross intersections of San Vicente, Dasmarinas, Gandara and Carvajal.

    Once you passed Carvajal Street, stay to the right of the road. Next street is your destination - Ongpin Street, paralleled to the huge Binondo Church. There's only one thing to remember to make it easy. As soon as you see the big Binondo Church, turn right onto the road before that church. That's Ongpin Street. Head immediately to the pay parking area located to the right of Ongpin next to "Eng Bee Tim" bakeshop.

    It's advisable to park your car in this parking area because it's very hard to locate a vacant along Ongpin as it's always fully occupied - both sides of the road. From Parking, you can just walk to your destination or ride calesa or pedicab plying along Ongpin. You can drive all the way along Ongpin but you will take the risk of not able to have your car park properly.

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    Route #4

    From Quezon City. Take Quezon Avenue and Espana. From Espana turn right onto P.Campa Street. P. Campa is the street before reaching Lerma. There's McDonald at the corner of P. Campa and Espana. Take P. Campa.

    Next stop light is Quezon Avenue. Cross Quezon Avenue turning left then immediately turn right onto Fugoso Street. Stay on Fugoso Street, pass under LRT-1, then turn left on Tomas Mapua Street

    Cross C.M. Recto Avenue then turn right onto Soler Street. Turn left on Reina Regente. Stay on Regeina Regente then turn right on Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz to go with the flow of one way traffic. Turn left on Juan Luna Street. Stay on Juan Luna Street all the way to Cervantes Street, crossing Dasmarinas Street. Turn left on Cervantes Street where all passenger jeepneys going Baclaran, Taft and Pasay turn left on their way to their desination. Once in Cervantes Street, make sure you're driving to the left side of this one way short road. At this point you will see the Arch of Filipino-Chinese Friendship standing in Quintin Paredes Street. Turn left on Quintin Paredes Street. Stay to the middle of Quintin Paredes and cross intersections of San Vicente, Dasmarinas, Gandara and Carvajal.

    Once you passed Carvajal Street, stay to the right of the road. Next street is your destination - Ongpin Street, paralleled to the huge Binondo Church. There's only one thing to remember to make it easy. As soon as you see the big Binondo Church, turn right onto the road before that church. That's Ongpin Street. Head immediately to the pay parking area located to the right of Ongpin next to "Eng Bee Tim" bakeshop.

    It's advisable to park your car in this parking area because it's very hard to locate a vacant along Ongpin as it's always fully occupied - both sides of the road. From Parking, you can just walk to your destination or ride calesa or pedicab plying along Ongpin. You can drive all the way along Ongpin but you will take the risk of not able to have your car park properly.

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    Route #5

    From Marikina, Cubao, San Juan, Sta. Mesa and Pasig taking Ramon Magsaysay Blvd from their respective origins. Stay on Magsaysay Blvd. Take the flyover to Legarda and C.M. Recto.

    From Legarda turn right onto C.M. Recto Avenue. Stay on C.M. Recto and right before reaching LRT-1 turn right onto Oroquieta Street, the street paralleled to Avenida where Philippine Rabbit buses from provinces turn to get to their terminal.

    Stay on Oroquieta, pass streets of Doroteo Jose and Lope de Vega, then turn left on Fugoso Street. Stay on Fugoso Street, pass under LRT-1, then turn left on Tomas Mapua Street.

    Cross C.M. Recto Avenue, then turn right onto Soler Street. Turn left on Reina Regente. Stay on Regeina Regente then turn right on Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz to go with the flow of one way traffic. Turn left on Juan Luna Street. Stay on Juan Luna Street all the way to Cervantes Street, crossing Dasmarinas Street. Turn left on Cervantes Street where all passenger jeepneys going Baclaran, Taft and Pasay turn left on their way to their desination. Once in Cervantes Street, make sure you're driving to the left side of this one way short road. At this point you will see the Arch of Filipino-Chinese Friendship standing in Quintin Paredes Street. Turn left on Quintin Paredes Street. Stay to the middle of Quintin Paredes and cross intersections of San Vicente, Dasmarinas, Gandara and Carvajal.

    Once you passed Carvajal Street, stay to the right of the road. Next street is your destination - Ongpin Street, paralleled to the huge Binondo Church. There's only one thing to remember to make it easy. As soon as you see the big Binondo Church, turn right onto the road before that church. That's Ongpin Street. Head immediately to the pay parking area located to the right of Ongpin next to "Eng Bee Tim" bakeshop.

    It's advisable to park your car in this parking area because it's very hard to locate a vacant along Ongpin as it's always fully occupied - both sides of the road. From Parking, you can just walk to your destination or ride calesa or pedicab plying along Ongpin. You can drive all the way along Ongpin but you will take the risk of not able to have your car park properly.

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    Route #6

    From Makati, Mandaluyong and neighboring Areas. You can take J.P. Rizal Street and head to Padre Burgos Street. Stay on J.P. Rizal until road name becomes Tejeron. From Tejeron turn left on Pedro Gil. Then turn right onto President Quirino Avenue.

    You must stay to the left of the Quirino Avenue immediately. Turn left on the next stop light toward Plaza Dilaw Road. You will immediately see the building of Philippine Columbian Association. After the building turn right onto President Quirino Avenue Extension. Turn left on United Nations Avenue.

    Turn right onto Natividad Almeda Lopez Street. Cross Ayala Blvd. Stay on Natividad Almeda Lopez, pass SM City Manila. Then turn right onto Padre Burgos Street. Manila City Hall is located at the corner of Burgos Street and Lopez Street.

    You must stay to the left of Padre Burgos Street after making the turn from Lopez Street. Stay to the left of Padre Burgos and head toward Jones Bridge, the bridge west of the huge Post Office Building in Lawton. After Jones bridge, the name of street you're driving along is now Quintin Paredes. Stay to the middle of Quintin Paredes and cross intersections of San Vicente, Dasmarinas, Gandara and Carvajal.

    Once you passed Carvajal Street, stay to the right of the road. Next street is your destination - Ongpin Street, paralleled to the huge Binondo Church. There's only one thing to remember to make it easy. As soon as you see the big Binondo Church, turn right onto the road before that church. That's Ongpin Street. Head immediately to the pay parking area located to the right of Ongpin next to "Eng Bee Tim" bakeshop.

    It's advisable to park your car in this parking area because it's very hard to locate a vacant along Ongpin as it's always fully occupied - both sides of the road. From Parking, you can just walk to your destination or ride calesa or pedicab plying along Ongpin. You can drive all the way along Ongpin but you will take the risk of not able to have your car park properly.

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    BY TRAIN


    All train commuters get off at Carriedo Station. Walk your way to Sta. Cruz Church. Opposite of Sta. Cruz Church is the arch of Ongpin. To get to Sta Cruz Church, you need to exit LRT-1 Station via North Exit. If you're from Monumento/Roosevelt Station or any station in between Roosevelt Station and Carriedo, the stair way at the rear end of the train is the right exit so that you can get to Ongpin quickly. If you're coming on board train from south terminal of Baclaran, the stairway at the front end of the train is the easy way to get to Ongpin. Please view map and follow direction given below:

    Map




    Once you're in the ground, walk up to Bustos Street and enter it. At the end of Bustos Street first you will see Chowking at the corner, second, to your left is the Sta Cruz Church. Look at your right and you'll see the Chinese Arch marking the south end of Ongpin Street. Between Ongpin and Sta Cruz Church is the Plaza Santa Cruz monument.

    LRT-2 commuters get off at C.M. Recto Station then walk your way to Doroteo Station via the Crossway linking LRT-1 and LRT-2. Take LRT-1 bound to Baclaran and get off at Carriedo Station. Follow direction given above.

    MRT-3 commuters get off at Taft Avenue Station. Walk your way to LRT-1 Station via the Crossway linking MRT-3 and LRT-1. Ride a train there bound to Monumento/Roosevelt, get off at Carriedo Station, then follow direction given above.

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    BY JEEPNEY


    Route #1

    From Caloocan, Navotas, Malabon, Valenzuela, Tondo and Blumentritt. Take jeepney bound to Baclaran. Get off at the corner of Ronquillo Street and Ongpin Street. Ask the driver to drop you off.


    Route #2

    From Baclaran, Pasay, Ermita and Malate. Take jeepney bound to Monumento. Get off at the corner of Avenida and Ronquillo Street. Cross Rizal Avenue and walk your way to Ongpin.


    Route #3

    From Guadalupe in Makati. Take jeepney bound to Pedro Gil via J.P. Rizal. Get off at Taft, take Monumento jeepney, follow direction in Route #2.


    Route #4

    From Pasig, Mandaluyong and Sta Mesa. Take jeepney plying route of Pasig-Quiapo. Get off at Quiapo. Cross Quezon Avenue via Quiapo Underpass. Walk your way to Carriedo Street. Carriedo Street is the street running perpendicularly from Quiapo Church. Turn right on Rizal Avenue and then left to Ronquillo Street. Finally, walk your way to Ongpin Street.

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    8 comments:

    1. nice pare. Now I won't get lost.

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    2. My question is.. how do I get out of Ongpin st? from Ronquillo... to go back to South Super Highway/pedro gil? Do i take McArthur Bridge? Is it 2 way? or do I take Jones Bridge again?

      thanks!

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    3. Sir, you're in Ongpin. Just turn right onto Ronquillo Street. Go with the traffic flow of jeepneys, cross Escolta and then take McArthur Bridge. Now, you're good to go.

      If you need more help, just let me know.

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    4. thank you so much for the directions you posted...it help me and my GG find places in Manila...thanks again..more power...

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    5. You are welcome, that's my purpose - to help others find places. You can help other people find directions through this blog by clicking +1 button above. Many thanks :-)

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    6. A million thanks to this. My dad was so exasperated explaining to me directions to Ongpin for ages to no avail. I love driving but i always get lost for no reason no matter how easy the directions are....at least this will get me through without anyone to blame for my stupidity. Oh YOU !!! i forgot. lol. Thanks again.

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