Early Contacts

Relations between the Chinese and the Filipinos predate Magellan’s arrival by many centuries. Barter trade from north to south of the Philippine islands saw the exchange of silk, porcelain, farm implements, ornaments with tortoise shells, swallows nests, mother of pearl, and other products.

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Chinese ceramics, dating from the 10th to the 17th centuries, unearthed in the Philippines, stand testament to the intensive and extensive maritime trade between China and the Philippine islands. The CHING BAN LEE PORCELAIN GALLERY showcases these tradewares coming from kilns throughout Fujian Province spanning several centuries.

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