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Chinatown Manila was established in 1594, making it the oldest in the world. The Spaniards gave a parcel of land tax-free to Catholic Chinese and granted them self-governing privileges. Paul So, Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Chinatown Development Authority, explains, "Chinatown was established not because the Chinese wanted to stay together. They were put together in one place, outside the walls of Manila, across the river, so they would not disturb or do much harm to the Spanish enclave."

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