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Manila/Quiapo

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Quiapo is a district in the bustling, busy and crowded city of Manila. Quiapo gets it name from a floating plant named; "Kiapo" that grew abundantly around that area.

Get in

  • Several buses and jeepneys serve Quiapo from around metro Manila. Read the sides/front of buses for information
  • A taxi from most parts of Manila will be less than ₱200 to the Quiapo church.

By train

Take the LRT-1 (orange line) train to Carriedo station and walk down Carriedo street to eventually make your way into Quiapo.

See

  • Quiapo Church, Quezon Boulevard. Visit Quiapo Church and see the Black Nazarene, the statue of Jesus of Nazarene is thought to give miracles and blessings.
  • Plaza Miranda, Quezon Boulevard. Look around Plaza Miranda which is just outside Quiapo Church, here they sell amulets believed to give you powers and protection from dark forces.
  • Golden Dome Mosque. Quiapo is home to a large Muslim Community, this mosque was built in the 1970s in order of Imelda Marcos for the visit of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, although his visit was cancelled. It is the biggest mosque in Metro Manila and serves the large Muslim community of Quiapo.
  • Ocampo Pagoda, (Bilibid Viejo). The Ocampo Pagoda is an example of "Where East meets West" architecture, the pagoda is mixed of European and Oriental architecture and looks like as if a temple in good old China has been invaded by the English and made into a castle. The history is that Don Jose Ocampo wanted and ordered to beautify his garden.
  • Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, A. Bautista. Built by Arcadio Arellano in 1914 when Philippine architecture was influenced by Art Nouveau in building houses and buildings, historically it was the home of Dr. Ariston Bautista and his wife Doña Petrona Nakpil along with her brother; Julio Nakpil with his wife, Gregoria De Jesus who was also the widow of Andres Bonifacio; a Filipino leader during the Spanish colonial era. During the World War II it was the home of the Black Nazarene which today is in Quiapo Church.
  • Boix House (Behind Bahay Nakpil), A. Bautista. Built during the 1890s of Neo-Renaissance ornamentation.
  • Paterno Mansion, Hidalgo St.. Mansion of the Paterno family, of neo-classic details.
  • Zamora House
  • Padilla House
  • Don Jose Sulpicios Orpilla Mansion

Do

Have a Manila city tour : It's easy to get lost in Quiapo, having a local guide can save time and it's a good opportunity to learn things

Buy

  • Amulets: Believe to give you powers and protection against dark energy. They're usually sold at a reasonable price, often around ₱20 and above.
  • Herbal medicine: Alternative medicine can be found in Plaza Miranda however they aren't approved by the Department of Health (DOH) and most of them might be scams and fakes.
  • Statues: Statues either ceramic or wood are best buys as souvenirs, they're sold from ₱100 and above. They often are Sto. Ninos (Infant Jesus) and Santos (Saints, statues of holy people such as Virgin Mary and Jesus).
  • Textiles
  • Army surplus: Items such as uniforms, bags, camping equipment, knives etc. are found in the Big Army Surplus Market. However you might find it hard to pass through customs as it is questionable for purchasing army surplus and sometimes Filipino authorities say that many shops operate illegally without the permission of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
  • Flowers and candles: Flowers and candles are sold outside the church, in Plaza Miranda. Candles have significant meanings such as a Black candle is for foes etc. Sampaguita; Jasmine, is the national flower of the Philippines, they are often sold outside in churches at a very cheap price, the Jasmine represents purity of the soul and body and often are hanged around the Santo's neck as a gift etc.
  • Cameras and camera accessories: Hidalgo street offers cheap prices for cameras as well as camera accessories such as tripods, DVDs, CDs, bags, camera lenses etc.

Eat

  • Mang Inasal, [1]. Aside from excellent chicken barbecue for around 100 pesos, The Mang Inasal branch in Quiapo (opposite Quiapo Church)has a great vantage point from which to view Quiapo church on its second floor.
  • Jollibee, [2]. The ubiquitous fastfood chain's branch near Quiapo Church has admirable views of the left bell tower, excellent for those looking to photograph or sketch the church, while having Filipino fastfood meals for 50-100 pesos.

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