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“Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo.”
The world is a big Quiapo.
—No Other Woman

Popular for the image of the Black Nazarene, Quiapo has drawn big crowds since its early years. The feast of the Nazarene happens every 9th of January and is marked by a procession of the patron. It is well-participated by millions of Catholic devotees, making some roads totally inaccessible during the event. Plaza Miranda, a historical landmark, has also been a venue for protests against the government .

Quiapo was founded in 1586 as a district of Manila. The original church was made of bamboo and nipa, got burned, rebuilt, destroyed by earthquake, rebuilt, expanded, and reconstructed many more times.

With people from all walks of life brought to this place—by faith or the lack of it; the hope of getting cured, finding a job or a partner, passing the board exam; seeing their future or getting a baby aborted; potentials for business or begging for alms; or getting their voices heard in the wide open space of Plaza Miranda—indeed, Quiapo is the real world. And the world is a bigger Quiapo.

How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Quiapo is through the LRT1 system. Get off at Carriedo station, and that’s Quiapo. The church is a few walks from the station, so you have to wiggle your way out of the crowd in the market. For more instructions, visit this website.

* Photos taken with Cherry Mobile Flare.


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.