Manila/Quiapo

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.

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Bustling Plaza Miranda, the nerve center of Quiapo’s tourist activities

Ask a local about a place that approximately corresponds to Manila’s downtown and they will point you out Quiapo. This district alongside nearby Santa Cruz and Binondo are the places nearly corresponding to a downtown for Manila.

Quiapo in this guide differs from the administrative district, which excludes the area’s core, centered on Plaza Miranda, Quiapo Church, and Carriedo Street. For the traveller, Quiapo includes all the area bound by Recto Avenue to the north, Rizal Avenue to the west, Estero de San Miguel to the east and southeast, and Pasig River to the south.

Average travellers are easily distracted by the tourist draws once alighting from the LRT-1. Quiapo is more than the scattered bargain markets and Quiapo Church. Eastern Quiapo, the original town, which hugs the boundaries of the University Belt, is the true spirit of the district, with the other draws outside the touristic core west of Quezon Avenue. The real Quiapo is a bit rough, with seedy residential streets, so a trip there is an adventure.

The culture and people of Quiapo are diverse, and the district is a chaotic crossover of East and West. Seeing the people and surroundings will make you feel shocked; a visit to Quiapo may remind you of things on the bazaars of Old Delhi. Around Plaza Miranda and Carriedo are bustling crowds, deafening loudspeakers, and mangled overhead power cables. Crossing Quezon Boulevard leads you to the largest Filipino Muslim community outside Mindanao and the outskirts of the University Belt.

  • 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.
  • A taxi from the airport will be less than ₱300 (refuse to pay more than that since they try to ripoff foreigners)
    • Since Quiapo has a sizeable Muslim population, some taxi drivers and Filipinos will try to tell you that the area is very unsafe. This is not true and is mainly fueled by ignorance.

Take the LRT-1 train to 14.599120.9813581 Carriedo station. From the station, walk down Carriedo street to eventually make your way into Quiapo.  

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