A Day in Quiapo

For my last day in Manila, after Malacanang Palace Tour, I would visit Islamic Center at Carlos Palanca St then explore Quiapo. The location can be reach by taking Bus No. 57 from Pandacan(Beata) to Quiapo via C. Palanca (refer to this Manila Bus Route Guide) to visit Islamic Center at 648 Carlos Palanca St (less than 1.5 km from Malacanang Palace).

This Islamic Center (Mahad Manila Al-Islamie, translated to Manila Islamic Institute, Inc.) was the first Madrasa built in the center of Manila. The pray building is called as “The Green Mosque”. Constructed in 1964, it is believed to be the oldest mosque in predominantly Catholic Luzon island, the country’s biggest island. The Green Mosque used to be the main mosque in Manila before the much bigger Masjid Al-Dahab, more popularly known as the Manila Golden Mosque, was constructed in 1976.

From The Green Mosque, I walked to The Golden Mosque for noon pray (Shalat Zuhr) and lunch at Moud Halal Restaurant, 829 Globo de Oro St.

Refer to http://traveleronfoot.wordpress.com/tag/quiapo/, the next destinations would be:

  • Ils-de-tuls or Ilalim ng Tulay, a popular Quiapo destination to get hold of assorted Filipino handicrafts. Honey-combed under steel and concrete Quezon bridge are stores filled from floor to ceiling with local crafts made from indigenous materials. These handicrafts were sourced from various tribal and cultural communities throughout the country. It’s located under Quezon Bridge.
  • Bahay Naukpil-Bautista Museum. It was the house of Don Ariston Bautista and wife Petrona Nakpil. The 1914 Art Nouveau Bahay Nakpil-Bautista along Barbosa Street has been transformed by their heirs into a museum dedicated to the Revolution of 1896 and to its famous resident, Gregoria Oriang de Jesus, the Lakambini of the Katipunan and widow of Andres Bonifacio.
  • Quaipo Church. Officially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, it’s a Roman Catholic church located in the District of Quiapo, Manila, in the Philippines. The church is one of the most popular churches in the country. It is home to the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe has miraculous attributes. The church was painted cream after the original Mexican Baroque edifice was burned down in 1928. It is expanded to its current form in 1984 for accommodation of thousands of devotees. Also known as St. John the Baptist Parish, the church at present belongs to the Archdiocese of Manila.
  • Plaza Miranda. This renovated plaza with Roman pillars and aqueduct-like structures, used to be the site of political rallies, including the infamous 1971 Liberal Party Rally. Grenades were thrown at the stage and the spectators, causing injury and death to a lot of people attending the event. An obelisk marks Plaza Miranda as the place for freedom of speech.Also in this same area are the fortune-tellers, fearlessly and confidently giving their forecast to their steady stream of patrons. Whether through numerology, palm reading, and Tarot cards, both skeptics and believers come to Quiapo’s Fortune-telling Corner to have their fortunes foretold, past lives read, recover lost objects, and bring together estranged couples.
  • Ocampo Pagoda. This garden house with pagoda-like structure dominating the skyline of a residential district in Quiapo was constructed in 1935, a time when the huge area surrounding it was part of a vast estate of Don Jose Mariano Ocampo. The pagoda was built to adorn his garden and at same time to house his realty firm. However, with its completion in 1939, World War II broke out and the structure was used as an air raid shelter for the surrounding community.
  • San Sebastian Church, the all-steel. The prefabricated steel parts of this church were manufactured in Belgium and were delivered in Manila using six ships. It took two years to reassemble the church. Trompe l’oeil painting was used to decorate the church’s interior and the crossed vaults on the ceiling, along with walls and column were painted to resemble marble and jasper.

Here is the walking route: http://goo.gl/maps/0lHVa


From Quaipo, I wanted go to Divisoria and 168 Mall at Binondo (less than 2.5 km from San Sebastian Church) to see the Chinatown which only few kilometers away from San Sebastian Church, but too bad that it was not the right day to explore the area because there was Iglesia ni Cristo event that shut down Manila (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/506663/iglesia-ni-cristo-event-shuts-down-manila).

So much devotees crowded the streets. Bus or jeepney or taxi or pedicab couldn’t pass through traffic jam as the road toward Quiapo was paralyzed.

Our itinerary also didn’t work because our Malacanang Palace Tour (https://perjalananbunda.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/malacanang-palace/) finished after 2 hours 15 minutes instead of one hour earlier as scheduled. Not enough time, then Alif and I had no choice other than walked from Golden Mosque to Carreido LRT Station to go back to Malate to visit Manila Zoo and Rajah Sulayman Plaza instead (while waiting for our flight back to Jakarta).


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