Quiapo, Manila

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Location of Quiapo
Country Philippines
Region National Capital Region
City Manila
Congressional districts Part of the 3rd district of Manila
Barangays 16
Population (2007[1])
 • Total 23,138

Quiapo is a district of Manila, Philippines. It derives its name from the water cabbage (Pistia stratiotes), which is named quiapo or kiapo in the Tagalog language. Referred to as the "Old Downtown of Manila", Quiapo is home to the Quiapo Church, where the feast of the Black Nazarene is held with millions of people attending annually. Quiapo has also made a name for itself as a place for marketplace bargain hunting.

Plaza Miranda, in the heart of the Quiapo district, is a town square named after Jose Sandino y Miranda, who served as secretary of the treasury of the Philippines from 1853 to 1863.[2] It is located in front of the Quiapo Church, and has become a popular site of political rallies. On August 21, 1971, while the Liberal Party held their miting de avance in the plaza, a bomb exploded, killing nine and injuring almost 100 civilians.

The Quiapo district is also home to a sizable Muslim population in Manila. The Golden Mosque and Green Mosque are located here.

A veritable army of fortune tellers and stores offering herbal products surround the Quiapo church. Ongoing sales of pirated media[3][4] and thievery are prevalent in the district.

In recent years, the local government of Manila, spearheaded by then Mayor Lito Atienza, launched the Buhayin ang Maynila ("Revitalize Manila") project which greatly rehabilitated Quiapo and its vicinities, most especially Plaza Miranda, the Arsenio Lacson Underpass and the University Belt. Parts of Rizal Avenue, starting from Carriedo Street to Recto Avenue, were converted into pedestrian shopping arcades.

Quiapo is geographically located at the very center of the city of Manila. It is bounded by Estero de San Miguel to the South, San Miguel to the east, Recto Avenue to the north and Quezon Boulevard to the west.


Since the American insular government and commonwealth periods through to the late 1970s, Quiapo shared its status as the center of the activities of Manila's social elites as well as trade, fashion, art and higher learning with its surrounding vicinities (Avenida Rizal, Binondo, Santa Cruz, Escolta and the Manila University Belt). However, with the construction of the Manila Light Rail Transit System's Yellow Line spanning over Rizal Avenue, the occlusion of light, the trapping of smog and vehicle emissions left the streets beneath dark, gloomy and with an increase in crime and transients. Consequently, many long-time establishments vacated the area. Following the People Power Revolution in 1986, the vibrancy of Quiapo further diminished, with the void filled by makeshift markets to accommodate visitors to the Quiapo Church.


Quiapo contains 16 barangays: Barangay #306-309 and #383-394.

Barangay Population (2007)[1]
Barangay 306 936
Barangay 307 576
Barangay 308 988
Barangay 309 727
Barangay 383 816
Barangay 384 2,833
Barangay 385 3,484
Barangay 386 1,332
Barangay 387 2,526
Barangay 388 758
Barangay 389 1,279
Barangay 390 1,335
Barangay 391 1,523
Barangay 392 575
Barangay 393 2,283
Barangay 394 1,167

List of Cultural Properties of Quiapo[edit]

Hidalgo Street in Quiapo[edit]

Photographers' Haven[edit]

R. Hidalgo street

Felix Resurreccion-Hidalgo Street (sometimes erroneously called Ramon Hidalgo) in Quiapo is a hodgepodge of vendors specifically catering to photographers (professional and enthusiasts alike). In 2006, John Chua, a well-known advertising photographer based in Makati and Jason B. Lindo, an advertising consultant, proposed the Hidalgo Project to the Manila city government. The proposal includes the rehabilitation and beautification of Hidalgo Street as a Photographers' Haven. It was very well received and the mayor immediately appointed government personnel to execute the projects.

Hidalgo Street towards San Sebastian, August 2006.

Academe in Hidalgo[edit]

R. Hidalgo Street is currently the home of different schools and universities which serve the scholastic needs of the vicinity. Located along the street are Manuel Luis Quezon University Manila Campus, and Nazarene Catholic School (formerly Quiapo Parochial School) Elementary and Secondary School buildings. R. Hidalgo also serves as entrance road towards Guzman College of Science and Technology in De Guzman Street.

To go to Sta Rita College and San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Manila, one has to access R. Hidalgo Street.

Heritage Street Project[edit]

One of the original sculptures inside the Ocampo gardens in Quiapo, Manila

Hidalgo Street was regarded in the late 19th century as the most beautiful street in Manila. Today, there are proposals to restore preserve the buildings on Hidalgo Street.

Among the historic structures along the Hidalgo Street area are:

  • Basilica Minore de San Sebastian
  • Basilica Minore of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
  • Ocampo Pagoda (Bilibid Viejo Street)
  • Nakpil-Bautista House (Ariston Bautista Street), Masterpiece by Arcadio Arellano, Viennese Secession motifs, home of Julio Nakpil, musical composer of the Katipunan, and Gregoria de Jesus, organizer of the women's corps of the Katipunan.
  • Boix House (beside Nakpil house), Beautiful 1890s house with Neo-Renaissance ornamentation.
  • Paterno Mansion (F. R.-Hidalgo Street), Large mansion with Neoclassical details.
  • Enriquez Mansion (formerly on Hidalgo Street, transferred to Bagac, Bataan), 1890s house with Ionic columns. Praised by Maria Morilla Norton in the 1910s as "the most beautiful house in the islands." Became the site of the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines.
  • Ocampo Mansion (F. R.-Hidalgo Street), Home to Francisco Santiago, composer of the Ave Maria. Original site of the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music. Dignified example of early 1900s style.
  • Zamora House (F. R.-Hidalgo Street), Residence of Manuel Zamora, inventor of 'tiki-tiki' for fighting beriberi. Superb sequence of inner courtyards.
  • Padilla House (F. R.-Hidalgo Street)
  • Don Jose Sulpicios Orpilla Mansion (F. R.-Hidalgo Street)

Other Historical Sites in Quiapo[edit]


  1. ^ a b Final Results - 2007 Census of Population
  2. ^ Mortel, Paul R. (2007-06-23). "Inquirer Opinion / Letters to the Editor: Rename Plaza Miranda after Ramon Magsaysay Sr.". Inquirer.net. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  3. ^ Aguilon, Erwin (11 November 2011). "Anti-piracy agents raid Quiapo haven, recover 5 replicating machines". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Another Quiapo raid yields P24M in pirated discs". GMA News Online. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 14°36′00″N 120°58′59″E / 14.600°N 120.983°E / 14.600; 120.983